Since I was a toddler (okay, maybe not that young) I’ve always had my unique point of view on politics and social issues – I mean who doesn’t, right? I heard somewhere that people tend to become more conservative when they get older. I guess I don’t really fit into that category. I could give the same speech today against capital punishment that I gave to my 11th grade Speech class. I could write the same pro-choice paper that I wrote for college over 10 years ago (a paper which I wrote for my girlfriend that landed her an “F” from her bible-thumping teacher). Either I never grew up or I grew up too fast. I was all too aware of these social issues at an early age. I think I realized even then how insane things can get when the few dictate to the many.
CNN.com has an excellent poll this week that asks how you feel on the key political issues du jour. Below is my graphical rating and also my answers to their questions. What are your answers?
Q: What party would you say you are affiliated with?
War In Iraq
Q: Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?
Q: Do you think the U.S. should or should not withdraw some troops from Iraq by the end of the year?
A: Should withdraw
Q: Do you think the U.S. will or will not win the war in Iraq?
A: Will not win
Q: Do you favor or oppose raising the minimum wage to $7.15 an hour (from the present $5.15 an hour)?
Q: Do you think the federal government should or should not impose a tax on estates that are worth more than $1 million?
A: Should not
Q: Do you think the government should be primarily responsible for solving the problems of poverty and homelessness, or do you think those problems should be the responsibility of individuals, businesses and private or religious organizations?
A: Individuals, businesses, organizations
Q: Do you favor or oppose wiretapping phone conversations between someone in the U.S. and someone in another country without a court order if the government suspects that one of those people may be a terrorist?
Q: Do you think the actions taken by the federal government since 9/11 have made the U.S. safer or less safe from terrorism?
A: Less safe
Q: Do you think it is more effective to try to prevent terrorist attacks on the U.S. by military action or by economic and diplomatic actions?
A: Diplomatic actions
Q: Do you favor or oppose building a fence along the entire border with Mexico?
Q: Do you favor or oppose increasing penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants?
Q: Do you favor or oppose allowing some illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and apply for citizenship if they have a job and pay back taxes?
Q: On abortion, if you had to choose, would you describe yourself as “pro-life” or “pro-choice?”
Q: Do you think the federal government should or should not fund research that would use newly created stem cells obtained from human embryos?
A: Should not fund
Q: Do you think marriages between gays or lesbians should or should not be recognized by the law as valid?