Monday, April 3, 2006, 02:05 PM - LifeI would like now to engage in a bit of political discussion.
To start, here is a quiz to help plot your general view: World's Smallest Political Quiz
You may notice a bit of bais in those questions, it does lean libertarian, which is my current party of choice.
from their site:
What is a Libertarian?
Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering -- as long as you don’t violate the rights of others. Politically, this means Libertarians favor rolling back the size and cost of government, and eliminating laws that stifle the economy and control people’s personal choices.
So where do you stand in this crazy world of ours? I've chosen to cherry pick from both left and right wing, dropping the bits I found illogical or against my totally pro-choice nature. Less government leash and more personal responsibility for me please.
I have a great deal of discussion with my roommate, such as the issue of drugs. He says, and with good reason, that they are right to be illegal, that they should be banned outright as they are, for they are clearly dangerous. When under such potent chemical influence, it clearly and profoundly impairs an individual to do silly, and often highly dangerous acts.
Even so, I stand fast to pro-choice, that if one wishes to engage in a clearly dangerous act, then only he is responsible for his actions. If he hurts someone, regardless of chemical influence, he should be punished to the full extent of the law. The government is not in the position to prevent one from making mistakes, however, it is in the position to punish for them.
It is often difficult to maintain this position, especially when so many people suffer, but if you issue bans and controls on one issue, it makes it easier to do the same for others. Where do you draw the line? And, who can be trusted to draw them?