These days, about the only difference that I can see between republicans and democrats is that republicans take bribes from tobacco corporations while democrats take bribes from entertainment corporations. However, I’m sure most of you have a different opinion.
I created this thread because of a discussion with a few friends of mine about what side we were on, and frankly I’m not sure. So, I decided to state my political opinions and let you teeming millions sort me out. While we’re on the subject, I’d like to know where I can get unbiased reports on how candidates stand on issues, similar to what I’m doing now. It would certainly help me know who to vote for.
As I am involved in the tech industry, the issues that are most important to me right now relate to IP and privacy, with a side of freedom.
I believe copyright law is being abused by large corporations and such foolish laws as the DMCA, and a good compromise between copyright and fair use exists. I believe any negative effect of file sharing is being overinflated in importance by said companies, who are resorting to unfair means to limit technology, instead of adapting to the changing times.
I believe I should have control of everything that is on my computer, and that no one should be able to access it without my permission or a warrant.
I believe total privacy and anonymity should ideally be possible on the internet, and a great deal of privacy should exist in the world outside. I believe that my contract with my ISP should imply protection of privacy, as should any library card I own.
I believe I should not be spied upon in my own home unless I am an actual suspect of an actual crime, and then only with a warrant. I believe a warrant should be required to enter my house to look for anything incriminating, and I should be informed of said warrant at the time of the search, or at the earliest possible moment thereafter.
I think that the world’s problems should be solved diplomatically, with violence used only in retribution, i.e. attacking the Taliban was ok, but not Iraq.
I believe abortion is wrong, but that it would be equally wrong to outlaw it.
I believe marijuana has fewer ill effects than alcohol, and possession of small amounts of it should be legalized.
So how about it? Should I vote for the stereotypical republican, or the stereotypical democrat? Is there any chance in hell of anyone whos beliefs approximate mine being elected by the majority of america? Of course, if I’ve left out any issues that you feel are vital to the decision, I’ll supply my views on them too.