1. I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans. Sometime, party affilliation doesn't count for much.
In this day and age, that's true. That's why neither the Dems OR
the GOP appeals to me anymore.
2. I believe in equal rights for others. Not preferences, or quota's, but equal chances for everyone.
So do I. But when "equality" is defined as quotas, I draw the line. Also, equality cannot be achieved at the expense of others. There will always be haves and have nots.
3. I believe, further, in equal rights for woman. That doesn't mean I believe in the eviceration of males, as the Andrea Dworkin's of the world want ,but simply equal pay for equal jobs, and respect for the work they do.
Again, so do I. But usually, for the Feminists of the world, equality is defined as "same or equal power and/or pay as men, but we still expect only the men to do the dirty work such as combat, lifting boxes, paying the bills, and opening doors."
4. I don't give a shit about OJ, or the Ramsey's, or the Peterson's.
More power to you.
5. I've taught my children to be tolerant of others, to question things they don't understand or agree with; to treat others with dignity and respect, and to not think they're any better or any worse than anyone else.
This is nothing new. Once again, I agree. But when it becomes one sided, such as "We're here. We're queer. You have to accept us, but we don't have to accept you", that's where I draw the line.
6. I don't wear my faith on my sleeve ,use it as a political weapon, or use it to promote hatred, discrimination and fear.
If you think that I go running around screaming Scripture, neither do I. Now when you say "hatred, discrimination, and fear", please elaborate. Is holding someone accountable for their actions-even if it means damaging their "self esteem" defined as hate and fear? Other than the handful of faux, extremist "Christians" (i.e. the ones that blow up abortion clinics), every Christian I've ever met, when they reach an impasse simply walk away. They don't have to resort to violence to get their point(s) across.
7. I do not believe in gay marriage; I do think gay union should be legal. I do NOT believe that being against gay marriage is a license to call for state-sponsored discrimination and intimidation.
Once again, I agree. I think the only reason the Gays are in such an uproar over the word "marriage" is simply a case of sour grapes; they want it. But they can't have it. It's all a semantics game.
8. I believe we should treat our friends and allies with respect, and with the knowledge that a. we aren't the only ones ever attacked by terrorists, and 2. that our actions, as the great power on earth makes it important that we DO
consider the views and recommendations of our friends and allies, and not simply dismiss what they say, and go our own way.
Getting some input and having friends is important. But when it comes to our business, we should still make our own decisions.
9. I don't agree that illegals should get voting rights, or driving rights, but I think they should be given basic human services if they are in this country.
I don't think illegals are entitled to
ANYTHING except a one way bus ride to their port of entry. What part of illegal is vague? Why
SHOULD they be entitled to anything?
10, I've never found any satisfaction in wishing anyone else suffer, or is miserable, or is injured in someway, as some people seem to do.
Shame on you Alpha if you think that I relish in seeing suffering just for the sake of seeing suffering. You think I'm sort of sadist or something? Like the old saying goes: "feed a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you feed him for life. Sure, it's easier and seemingly more compassionate to give him a fish a day, but you really aren't doing him any favors in the long run. And why should I have to pay for it?
11. I believe in not being self-centered, as the conservative creed preaches. To paraphrase Jesus Christ "whatsoever you do to the least among you, is that which you do unto me." So-called "christians" who have their narrow, intolerant views should think about that sometime.
Do you *really*mean intolerant, or simply a non Politically Correct viewpoint?
12. I, as a white male, in the United States, am part of the most privelaged and powerful group of human beings in the world, and I don't see where I have to hold grudges and hatreds against minorities, women, and those who may have a different sexual orientation.
The only people I hold grudges against are the ones that think they can get by or ahead in life at my expense, or by casting nonexistant epithets against me-such as blaming me for slavery. As though I had anything to do with that.
13. I love my country. That doesn't mean I have to agree when we treat others like shit; it doesn't mean I have to agree with or like the current president; that doesn't mean I have to belittle other nations and people because of that love.
14. I believe that our government should be what our founders wanted it to be: "Of the people, by the people, for the people", not "of business, by business, for business", as the current adminstration believes.
I also agree, which is another reason I am frothing at the mouth for a viable third party to rise to power.
15. I don't own a gun, and I never will. Owning somthing that is inherently made to kill isn't something to be proud about.
It's like an insurance policy. You hope you never need it. But if I ever do, I'll be damn glad I have it. If there is a burglar in my house, I sure as shit am not waiting for the police to take their sweet time coming here.
16. Someone is no less of an American if they don't want to say the word "God" in the pledge: if they want to burn the flag in protest; or if they don't get teary-eyed, or beat their chest, when hearing patriotic songs.
As much as it pains me to say it, I agree with you. If someone in this country says or does something that I don't agree with, I will still defend their right to say it. But if the country is
THAT bad that you find it necessary to spit on the President or burn our flag, then what's stopping you from leaving it?
17. I believe that since I'm mortal, that greed and bigorty and hatred diminish who we are, in the limited time we've been given on this earth. You can't take the wealth with you when you die, so why make wealth the driving point of your life.
Because money is not the sole thing driving my life. I believe I have a right to pursue whatever standard of living I choose. But I think that I should be entitled to keep
what I earn. What I get up in arms about is when someone sees what I have, and if they don't have it, they somehow think that I owe them.