Archive for 13th March 2012

On Politics

Plinky asked, “Where do you fall on the polit­i­cal spectrum?”

Pro­gres­sive Gifts

That depends on where you’re stand­ing. In Europe, I’d be con­sid­ered con­ser­v­a­tive, appar­ently. In the U.S., I’m pro­gres­sive, so I’m con­sid­ered a flam­ing lib­eral.



I agree with the lib­er­tar­i­ans on some issues, like gun con­trol (it means hit­ting what you aim at).



I also think that any decent soci­ety takes care of its peo­ple in far more ways than just hav­ing a strong mil­i­tary force. Uni­ver­sal health care (not insur­ance, CARE), strong con­sumer pro­tec­tions and con­sis­tent, fierce envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion are just a few of the things that need to come from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment with­out inter­fer­ence from any other entity — includ­ing state gov­ern­ments.



I live in Geor­gia, where there’s talk of the state gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing a panel to review every fed­eral law and decide whether or not to allow that law to be effec­tive in Geor­gia. That’s a vio­la­tion of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, as I under­stand things, as fed­eral law is sup­posed to super­sede state law. Georgia’s state gov­ern­ment is pretty free and easy about vio­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion, as evi­denced by the state house recently pass­ing a bill to post the ten com­mand­ments in every pub­lic build­ing in the state (includ­ing every pub­lic school). There’s an excel­lent chance that the state sen­ate will pass it, too, because any­body who votes against it will be in trou­ble with the con­ser­v­a­tives in their dis­tricts.



Decent edu­ca­tion is impor­tant, too, and it’s too impor­tant to be left up to states like Geor­gia, Alabama, and Mis­sis­sippi. It isn’t pos­si­ble to have an insti­tu­tional edu­ca­tion that’s as good as a home edu­ca­tion, since most peo­ple leave the edu­ca­tion of their chil­dren up to the gov­ern­ment, it is espe­cially impor­tant for the future of our coun­try that the job be done right.

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