You really want to hear my political opinions? Well, OK..
It is summer 2012. I'm a leftist liberal moonbat.
The Republican Party has gone completely bat-shit insane. The Democrats are spineless wimps.
I do not consider myself a Christian, but Jesus had some good and useful things to say.
That said.. the founding document of the US is the Constitution, not the Bible.
Too many people who DO call themselves Patriots and Christians appear to have never actually read either document.
The government shouldn't "own everything", but, yes, power and water and the access to information should be in public hands.
If a bank is too big to fail, it needs to be broken up.
The literal handful of corportions controlling entertainment and the news in the US should also be broken up.
There should be universal single-payer healthcare.
There should be a sharply progressive national income tax.
Washington state, my home, should institute an income tax as well, and scale back the sales taxes and whatnot.
Global climate change is a fact. We are currently not dealing with it.
The US should withdraw completely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and not attack Syria or Iran.
Equal rights for women and sexual minorities should be officially added to the Constitution by amendment.
Corporations, in turn, are immortal sociopaths and should have their Constitutional rights severely restrained.
(But again, they have their place; just stick to building self-sealing stembolts and autogyro foot-baths, OK, guys?)
Any two fully-informed consenting adults who love each other should be able to have sex and get married.
Or rather, register a civil union down at the courthouse. Wanna get married? Go to your church/temple/sacred grove.
Abortions, or, even better, 100% effective birth control should be legal, safe, and freely available.
Pot should be at least decriminalized, with the same advertising restrictions that now cover cigerettes.
We should grow more hemp for clothing and paper.
We should stop smoking cigarettes.
We should buy more of our food from local farms. CSAs are cool.
We should build more commuter trains and bike paths.
We should build more libraries.
Trying to pass a single gun law to cover the whole US is an exercise in futility. The gun needs of someone in Wyoming are not the same as someone living in Manhatten.
I'm glad Obama is president, if the alternate is the Mitt-bot Lie-a-tron 2012, but he's an ultra-cautious corportist conciliator in an era that requires bold desperate action. I just hope that he's finally truly grokked that the GOP has, as noted, gone completely bat-shit insane. And that, as noted, he doesn't attack Iran.
The fact that he was able to get himself elected president shows that we actually have made some progress in this country, however painful and slow it may be.
The next time a Republican gets elected president, s/he will finish bankrupting the US. If we are lucky, the party will implode before that happens.
Within ten years there will be a deadly-serious wide-spread successionist somewhere in the US.
Still.. you're alive. You're real. You're the center of a vast and marvellous universe! So go out occasionally and look up at the stars and wonder what's going on out there at the fringes.
And like Jesus said, don't be a jerk. Try to be nice to people. Yes, even the bat-shit insane troglodytes, and the leftist moonbats.
Want more? Here are some of the liberal/radical/generally-left-wingish political blogs I currently read and sometimes even contribute comments to: