vespachica: (Johnny Depp w/Watch)
From [livejournal.com profile] sparrow77

This was interesting. I am definitely changed from even 8 years ago. Actually, probably even from 4 years ago. But it's not really a surprise to me that I lean toward the Libertarian side.


My Political Views
I am a right social libertarian
Right: 4.61, Libertarian: 6.09

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My Foreign Policy Views
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My Culture War Stance
Score: -4.01

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vespachica: (Jack Sparrow Smiles)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] glaelia's mention of Guy Fawkes Day I decided to put V for Vendetta in. ^_^ How appropriate for my conspiracy theorist brain.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lethwellyn, I borrowed your words about gay marriage talking to some friends about Prop 8. I liked how thoughtful you were about it all (especially civil union v. marriage and separate but equal) so I wanted to pass that on. I'm disappointed Prop 8 was approved because IMO, people are people and if Joe and Bob want to get married that doesn't dilute my rights in my own marriage. It's JMO of course.
vespachica: (Palin Mom Finger)
Nice! A Republican for the people. What a refreshing change! I know a lot of people dis her but I think it's nice that she's not a fucking elitist.
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I'm making a politics filter.

If you want in, please comment. Otherwise, I'll just write entries to/for myself.
vespachica: (On Notice)
She has won my heart.
vespachica: (Default)
Phew. )

Well, that one makes me feel better.
vespachica: (Ewan Me? A Geek?)
I've been taking political surveys for about an hour now. It all comes down to a 50/50 split for me, pretty much. When I first did the one behind the cut (found at http://myelectionchoices.com/ - it's pretty good, actually) I was more McCain than Obama. But you can pick the issues that you care the most about. When I did all of them, I came out with Obama 35, McCain 33.

So, yeah. I don't know. We'll see where I end up in November but I am still leaning towards the Republican side for the first time in my life.

Okay, it's ugly, but if you want to see the statements I agreed with they're behind here. )
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...to [livejournal.com profile] sarahat. LJ didn't like my long comment!!

The abortion issue, I suppose, is no longer a key issue for me. I will fully admit that it's because of my status in life/relationship. I will also admit that seeing my friend go through an abortion in the early second trimester was hell. It traumatized me and I'm only now getting back on good footing with her. I am way more in favor of states deciding about abortion, personally.

The creationism is a problem, especially for me since I don't believe in god. But there again, I believe states should decide.

I haven't heard Obama's plans on anything. I have to admit I haven't started to really pay attention until today. Obama prior to the convention was talktalktalktalktalk and good speeches (he is a great speaker) but he never really said anything above "we want change" (I'd like dollars, too, actually - har har).

McCain is (or was?) opposed to drilling for oil in ANWR. That's an iffy thing for me. I do think we need alternative energy sources for sure but our dependence on oil is not going away any time soon. So, I'm torn.

I definitely believe in the right to bear arms. I'm not a gun freak by any stretch of the imagination but I do believe responsible people have a right to own firearms.

I have to admit that I just really like Sarah Palin. Even before any presidential buzz I liked her. She's been really good for Alaska. I think it's exciting that Alaska (and Hawaii, to some extent, with Obama) are finally being recognized in the national arena. I like that Sarah has actually been in charge of a city (Wasilla, AK) and a state. Obama? He's been campaigning, really. He's in the legislature. I don't give that as much credence as actually being in charge of a place and having to coordinate with many different types of people in order to get things done. Sarah has actually raised taxes on the oil industry which is a good/bad thing. On one hand, it's good that they're being held accountable. On the other hand, the oil industry seems to just pass it on to us. So, eh, I can go either way with that one.

So, yeah, most of my opinion was formed prior to today and prior to the past few months. I read the Alaska Daily News (adn.com) online a few times per week just so I can keep up with things that are happening in my clients' end of the world.

The other part is purely emotional. Back when it was Barack v. Hillary I told my coworker (and favorite debate partner) that Barack would get it because America would vote for a man before a woman. I am so pissed off with the way things are in my microcosm of work/industry that women are second-rate citizens. I am pissed that Barack got it with his inexperience and Hillary didn't. Mind you, I didn't/don't like Hillary but do feel she has infinitely more experience than Barack does. Therefore, just because she's a woman she got the short end of the stick. Sure, people can make all kinds of excuses why they'd support Barack and not Hillary but I really think it's a gender issue. So today, when McCain picked a woman to be by his side running the country I got very, very excited!! I think this is a great opportunity.

Anyway, those are my tired thoughts about it right now. :)

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Aug. 29th, 2008 12:17 pm
vespachica: (Johnny Depp w/Watch)
First, let me get this article in here.

AP article found on yahoo.com )

Now, let me say some disclaimers:
1) I am not a racist if I don't vote for Obama.
2) I was not a Hillary Clinton supporter.
3) I don't really like John McCain all that much, either, but from some political surveys I've done online McCain and Obama are within a few percentage points for corresponding with my views. Usually those percentage points are in the 46-50% range (meaning, I agree with about half of what they agree with).
4) I am reluctantly pro-choice. If abortion is legal, I believe it should only be allowed in the first trimester. I believe that my little girl - when she is a teenager and under 18 - should need to have my consent in order to have an abortion. I know this view is not widely held by other women but I don't care. Based on my life experiences, this is the view that I have come to be most comfortable with.
5) I have never felt so pressured to vote for a political candidate (Obama) in my life. I have never had such serious discussions with people or such serious scorn when I have expressed doubt about such candidate.
6) I do believe gays should have the right to marry and they should be able to call it "marriage". I don't believe that gays having the right to marry infringes upon my own marriage. That's ridiculous.
7) I think the economy is in the toilet and right now is not the right time to tax people so that their wallets are thin. (I like how Sarah Palin has cut pork-barrel spending in Alaska. She also seems to be doing a great job for Alaska business.)
8) I vote less for social issues than I used to when I was younger. I vote for economical issues more now. This seems to be, in my case at least, a natural progression of age.
9) I don't care for whom my friends vote. I do not think less of them if they vote differently than I. In fact, I have my best debates with people who have opposite views. I have to be very careful, however, because I realize some people take those debates seriously and personally. I do not. I may become frustrated during a debate but I never get mad at the person I am debating with.
10) If McCain had picked any other woman (or any other person, actually) as his VP candidate I would not be voting for him. I was waiting for the VPs to be announced prior to decided for whom I would be voting or even if I would be voting at all.
11) I find it extremely interesting that now I am leaning Republican but have not for 35 (okay, we'll cut 15 out of that) 20 years. I also find it interesting that my parents are leaning towards the Democrat side and our arguments are now switched.
12) I hate the Republican/Democrat chain emails that go around and spread hate.

Whew. Those are my thoughts off the top of my head.

I like Sarah Palin for what she has accomplished, so far, in Alaska. I have a unique view because I work with businesses in Alaska. I have an Alaskan husband. This does not make me better than anyone else but it does afford me a different view than some. When I learned Sarah's infant son had Down Syndrome I thought for sure that she would be out of consideration. I have said all along when the initial buzz was happening earlier this year that if McCain picked her as his running mate that I would vote for him. My vote, sadly, has little to do with him and most everything to do with her. However, I do not think that the President of the U.S. has all that much power except as a PR voice and a (hopefully) rock in times of trouble. I think the legislature has more effect on day-to-day lives and, even more than that, our local state and city government has more of an effect on our lives.

Okay, now I think I'm really done. At least for now. *grin*

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