Monday, 12 July 2010
|0820 - Controversial Survey meme|
Imported from FurAffinity...
 Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Yes. I'm doing it, aren't I?
 Would you do meth if it was legalized?
Not only no, but hell no. I'd yawn and hope that people would quit ruining their lives with it.
 Abortion: for or against it?
Against it, but not to the point of banning it or even discouraging women from having them. I'd much rather see them made unnecessary by avoiding the pregnancy in the first place...and no, that does not mean abstinence.
 Do you think a country would fail with a female president?
No more than I think it would fail with a black president. The person's race or gender aren't important. Their policies are. Obama would be just as much a failure if he were white and rich.
 Do you believe in the death penalty?
Yes. There are some crimes for which no lesser penalty is acceptable or appropriate.
 Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
*yawn* Same as with meth: I just wish people would quit ruining their lives with it.
 Are you for or against premarital sex?
For. Marriage is a commitment that means much more than sex. The two issues should be separated.
 Do you believe in God?
No. I believe that deities are no more than adult fairy tales, invented to ease the pain of loneliness and death and enforce morality. However, that's my belief. Anyone else is free to believe anything they wish without interference from me, as long as they recognize I have the same right. It's when they try to force me to believe as they do that I have problems.
 Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Yes. The situation as it stands now is nothing more than legalized gender discrimination. To those who say "but the people should have the right to decide what marriage is defined as", I would ask a simple question: Which of your fundamental rights would you want to be subject to a popular vote? Your right to keep and bear arms, perhaps?
 Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
Yes. Key word: illegally. I have no problem with immigration, from wherever, as long as the immigrants truly want to become Americans. Those who are here illegally should be deported and forced to go to the back of the line - after paying for their crime.
 A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
That's up to her and her parents. If the baby can be well raised in a loving family, then why not?
 Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
I'm of two minds about this one. On the one hand, I do sympathize with the argument that if they're old enough to fight and vote, they should be old enough to drink. On the other hand, the results of having the drinking age be 18 are well known and obvious: teenagers die in DWI crashes even more than they do now.
The real answer is for American society to quit being so neurotic about alcohol. This is one thing the Europeans get right: kids drink wine and beer there all the time, and learn the effects and how to deal with it, under their parents' supervision. It's not a mystery to them.
 Should the war in Iraq be called off?
Only when we've finished winning it.
 Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
No. I do believe there should be adequate safeguards to prevent murder from hiding under that label, but if someone wishes to end their life - after deciding to calmly and deliberately - they should be able to, and to obtain any assistance they may need.
 Do you believe in spanking your children?
Yes. The rise in crime rates since spanking became unfashionable speaks for itself, and louder than anything I can say. Not that I'm ever going to have children...
 Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
No. I'd lament the loss of the money, of course, but there are some things that are wrong when done for any reason. It's not just burning a piece of fabric. It's an expression of contempt for everything that the US is and stands for. That's something I'd expect Obama to do, not do myself.
 Who do you think would have made a better president? McCain or Obama?
Obama is doing about what I expected, so McCain. He's not my first choice either, or my second or third, but he'd still have done much better than the Community Organizer-in-Chief.
 Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Anyone who would judge me based on these answers doesn't know how I think about things. There's nothing here that should surprise anyone.
current mood: determined
I largely agree, though with 9, I believe the solution is backward. We shouldn't legislate that the government handle same sex marriages, we should remove all marriages including different sex marriages from their scope entirely. The government shouldn't be regulating or involved in any way with marriage aside from enforcing the contracts that individuals setup amongst themselves. If the conservatives really want to "save marriage" they should first save it from the government.
I won't disagree, though I think this is a libertarian pipe dream. I see essentially no chance of it happening.
Many things are a libertarian pipe dream. Limited government. Balanced income vs. spending in government, etc.
Just have to keep advocating sanity even in an insane world.
I don't agree, at least as far as balancing budgets and limiting government go. Those, at least, are politically possible. I don't think getting the government out of marriage is.
It hasn't proven to be politically possible in the past. We've had brief moments where either budget balancing or limited government has happened. Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan, and again in 1994 with bill clinton and the republican house... but in every case it's been one step in the right directions followed by two steps in the wrong direction, often by the exact same party that championed the limited government and balanced budgets in the first place. Neither party believes enough in either cause to champion it past the point where they solidify power.
" Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
No. I'd lament the loss of the money, of course, but there are some things that are wrong when done for any reason. It's not just burning a piece of fabric. It's an expression of contempt for everything that the US is and stands for. That's something I'd expect Obama to do, not do myself."
Can I assume that you *would* burn an old and tattered flag as a means of honourable disposal?
Second question is about the last two sentences. I have heard a number of sources declare various versions of "Obama hates America" and I am curious as to where this believe orginates.
Ekatarina, an interested observer.
Yes, I would dispose of an old, worn-out flag properly if called on to do so. I severely doubt that's what that question was about, though.
Obama's actions in office (repeatedly apologizing for America, and refusing to stick up for it, as well as his support for people like the Reverend Jeremiah "God damn America!" Wright) demonstrate his true feelings for his country.
Actually my first question was very much in earnest. (I'll agree with you that the original one was trying to be "trisky".) I have met many people who do not know that there are two very distinctly different meanings of "flag burning". I was largely expecting the educated reply that you gave as you have struck me as the sort of person who would know these things.
I wonder at the idea that someone who dislikes a place so much as to be said as to "hate" it would not only continue to live there but to seek public office. I suppose I find the two concepts incongrueous. I have heard the arguement in my hometown that "they", meaning a particular left-leaning party, "hate" the place and that they "are out to ruin us all/destroy the province" and it just doesn't seem to fit to me. Whether or not I agree or disagree with the fiscal or social aims of a group, I would not presume that they "hate" somewhere if they continue to stay there. Perhaps I give them too much credit for basic intelligence.
Is it possible to dislike some characteristics or policies or even traditions without tossing out the whole thing?
Ekatarina, currently gritting her teeth about certain moves by her national government this week
Very nice read, Jay! You and I are of like mind on a lot of these (I'll get you over to the left yet! ;) ) It was also interesting that until I got to the last sentence of #04, I thought this was posted by one of my left-of-centre friends (as the username hadn't come up yet in my friends feed) - and even for several questions after I checked that it was you, I had to recheck. One of the main reasons I was an Obama booster during his capaign and the early days of his presidency (I still like him) was that he pledged to be a consensus builder between the left and the right, the often violent schism between the two sides reminded me of some uglier schisms in your nation's history (the Civil War, the civil rights movement) and was pleased that someone was willing to mend the fences (although it seems that both sides are too stubborn to shake hands). Your post showed that there is still a lot of common ground between the left and the right (though I wonder how much of your post the average right-winger would agree with).
Re:"though I wonder how much of your post the average right-winger would agree with"
I consider myself "the average right winger". I agree with most of his post except the obvious God question. I believe in God :p