If you read my blog for any significant length of time, you'll discover that I'm a liberal.
I was going to say "progressive," but I figure if the word "liberal" sends you screaming, we aren't going to be able to converse anyway.
I often describe myself as a "left-leaning libertarian," but I've been very turned off by the majority of the Libertarians I've heard from. They scream at me more than the neo-conservatives do! I've come to the conclusion that most of them are just hardcore right-wingers who just don't want to pay taxes.
I believe strongly that all people should have the right to be left alone by government.
I believe very strongly that every amendment in the Bill of Rights should be respected, including the right to bear arms (though I'm not interested in owning a gun, and wish we didn't live in a world where they were necessary.)
I believe strongly that equal rights should apply to everyone, including homosexuals.
I believe srtongly that the Death Penalty is wrong in all cases, and that it's better to let a guilty man go free than let the state murder an innocent one. We are the only Western nation in the world that even has a death penalty.
I believe very strongly that we, as a society, should provide access to health care for all Americans. We are behind the curve with the rest of the Industrilaized world on this one, as well.
I have no desire to use drugs, but I believe strongly that the war on drugs is a complete failure, and addiction should be treated as a medical condition, not a moral problem.
Finally, I believe that abortion should be decided by a woman and her doctor, and nobody else. The government has aboslutely no right to tell a woman what to do with her body.
Still with me? Or have you headed off to report me to the Department of Homeland Security? ;)
The fact is, We The People
are getting screwed on a daily basis by the government, and by the huge
multi-national conglomerates that they work for.
Let me tell you a
little bit more about me, politically: in 2000, I voted for Nader.
Now, before you get all bunched up, and blame me for Gore losing, or break
out some champagne and your gun to celebrate Bush's "victory",
you must understand something: I believe very strongly that if we do not
get a REAL third party in the United States, we are doomed, and I thought
that Nader had a real chance to get establish the Greens
as that party. Now, if I had my druthers (I think I left my druthers on
the bus), I'd have the Libertarians
as a third party, but when you're drowning, you don't question the life
preserver, you know?
I remember the election
in 2000. I remember going to the DNC, and watching police beat the shit
out of kids who were protesting. I remember going inside, and listening
to delegates, Democratic delegates, who are supposed to be the
progressive party in this country, complain that these protesters
were messing up their party. I watched Gore deliver his speech, so poorly
that my friend turned to me and said, "What's wrong with him?"
I thought about everything I've ever learned about public speaking, and
acting, and it hit me: "he doesn't believe what he's saying. It doesn't
live in him." That was the last straw for me. Gore
supported the death penalty. He supported the
war on drugs. He is a major stock holder in occidental
petroleum, yet he would bring NO attention to the plight
of the U'wa indians in the Columbian Andes. So, although I absolutely
hate George Bush (both of them), I had to vote my conscience, and that's
what I did.
I've been asked if, considering the unprecedented damage the Bush administration has done to civil liberties, the economy, and our relationship with the rest of the world, do I regret voting for Nader? The only thing that I regret is believing that there was little difference between Bush and Gore. The fact is, Gore wouldn't have surrounded himself with neo-conservatives from the psychotic Project For A New American Century. Those people are out of control, and we'll be paying for their insanity for generations. Something those right-wing screamers on talk radio seem to forget is, whether you believe, as I do, that the Republicans stole the 2000 election, more Americans voted for liberal candidates (Gore and Nader) than conservative candidates. This administration doesn't reflect the wishes of the majority of Americans. In the 2004 election, I will be voting for whoever the strongest challenger is to George W. Bush. I believe that defeating him, and removing his demagogues from power, is extremely important.
Okay, if you're still
with me, I'll get to the point of this section:
If people don't get
involved, like right now, and start making BIG changes, we are doomed.
Here's what I think:
I currently live in The Corporate States of America. George Bush was appointed
CEO by the Board of Directors, and we, the people, are just the pesky
shareholders. But we don't even have the good stock, so they really don't
have to listen to us, and they rarely do.
Waiting for your politicians
to do something for you is like waiting for a junkie to kick on his own,
without any support. It ain't gonna happen.
So here are some ways
you can inform yourself, get involved, and make a difference:
Independent Media Center
- The only true "free" press.
Atrios - Sets the standard for political blogs.
ZMag.org - A Community
of People Committed to Social Change
Smart - Get informed. Find out who's buying your candidate.
- TomPaine.com seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public
issues by featuring the ideas, opinions, and analyses too often overlooked
by the mainstream media.
Daily Kos - Political analysis with a liberal perspective.
- offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since
Greg Palast - investigative journalist who wrote "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy."
- Working to protect human rights worldwide.
Morons - The Most
Important site on the internet