What's my affiliation? (Long, sorry)
I work in a bar. No politics or religion is the rule, right? However, Iím asked all too often whether Iím a Democrat or a Republican. Whether Iím Liberal or Conservative. Am I a Christian? I generally reply that Iím a Capitalist and I donít like talking politics at work. As to religion, I tell them Iím agnostic and those that know what I mean seem OK with that, those that donít seem intimidated by the word. However. . . Iím pretty sure about being an Agnostic and a Capitalist, but Iím not too sure about Republican/Democrat, Liberal/Conservative and what exactly is a Libertarian? So here it goes, these are my views, please categorize me. BTW, Iím a 35 year old woman who should know where I stand, but somehow I donít. I did (or thought I did) at 18 and again at 25, but lately, Iím not so sure.
(In no particular order)
--I have no problem with other women having abortions, but I would never have one myself and would hope that my sister wouldnít either.
--I think that while labor unions had a place 50+ years ago, all they do today is protect bad employees. Bad employees who make better cash than most good employees I know. Including me.
--I think that gay marriage should be legal. Or at the very least civil unions. I know hetero couples who accidently ended up common-law married and didnít want to be. Can we please acknowledge those who actually want to be married?
--I think marijuana should be legal. I havenít smoked in years, but I do drink, and I think weedís the safer drug.
--I think I should be allowed to smoke cigarettes indoors, even if in only half or part of any given building. And no, I donít want to smoke in day care centers or hospitals, not in schools or hell, even restaurantsóIíll give you that. But please, can I have a smoke with my beer in a bar?
--I donít think I should be footing the bill for all the beautiful children who live down the block from me. If you canít afford kids, quit having them. Outside of emergency services, I really donít want to support them. Or their mamas.
--As to the war in Iraq, Iím conflicted. Iím not sure we should have started it, but to me that point is now moot. Weíre there. That being said, we disposed a country of their government/leadership leaving them in turmoil. I think itís our duty to fix that. Part of me thinks we should stay until itís stabilized. Part of me thinks that region will never really be stabilized. I have no idea what should be done.
--Illegal immigration? Against it. The complete derision I too often see towards anyone who speaks Spanish? Against that too. As to the proposed wall along the southern border, I think itíd be a huge failure, a bad precedent and a waste of money.
--George Bush. I hate the fact that so many people blame every bad thing thatís happened in the last 8 years on this poor guy. Iím not saying heís blameless, but he canít have caused all of this. There are 435 (right? Or thereabouts?) members of Congress that share a lot of blame for our current mess. I really donít mind when George is blamed for what heís done/said, but a lot of what I hear is in effect ďMy dog got hit by a bus. Damn Bush!Ē Drives me nuts.
--I love animals. I would never kick one. I own some rather adorable cats. All that being said, I think hard core PETA people are insane. Same goes for ĎMonkey Wrenchí environmentalists.
--Iím pro capital punishment.
--I think public school teachers should make more money than, say, bartenders. And I think their salaries should be paid by all the cash we take away from the serial welfare moms.
--Iím using Word 07 for the first time and I cannot find the spell check. Hope itís not too bad.
So, I may have missed some key issues, but these are the issues I think about. Feel free to ask questions on issues Iíve missed.
How do you classify me? Or how should I classify myself? Thanks in advance.