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I am ashamed to admit to all of you that I have absolutely no recollection of the 2000 or 2004 presidential elections, and this coming November will be the very first time I’ll have voted for a President. I’ve developed a sudden interest in politics, and the person I must thank for this is Barack Obama. The first time I laid eyes on this man, and heard him speak, I was instantly drawn to this beautiful and wonderful man!

My dear friend [info]dlanor, asked me this question a few days ago: "Who are you really? Just how liberal do you consider yourself? I am just curious. I thought at one time you appeared to be much more conservative."

I found I couldn’t answer Ron’s question, because I found myself not knowing at all who exactly I was. Ever since he posed that question to me, I’ve been digging deeply into myself to see what I actually believed in to answer his question. Below, I’ve made a list of the things I TRULY believe in, but I still don’t know who I really am, so I’ll ask you all: WHO AM I REALLY?

1. I'm open-minded.

2. I despise people who aren’t Color Blind. I have found that MANY of these people have just as poor English skills, and a limited English vocabulary as I do! Can't they see that 100 years from now, we'll all be DUST IN THE WIND, and none of the living will know we even existed here on earth. I believe in freedom for all people, no matter what their sexual orientation, race, nationalities, or religious beliefs may be. Oh, and I believe we're all created EQUAL!

3. I despise Sean Hannity and the rest of his ilk. I find them to be hate mongers, warmongers and LIARS! It infuriates me, it enrages me like a mad dog when Bill O’Reilly accuses those who want this war to end, as UNAMERICAN’S who hate America!

4. I believe in gay rights, I am for gay marriage. I believe they have the same rights we heterosexual’s do.

5. I believe in the right to bear arms.

6. I am Pro-Life, yet believe Government and the Catholic religion have right no right, and no business dictating what a woman can, and cannot do with her body. I believe there are other ways of trying to instill to women why they should choose life for their babies.

7. I despise judgmental religious zealots, and those who use phrases such as "Family VALUES," and "They're not our kind." These are the people who oftentimes have more POO in their dirty little diapers than those they judge. I'll give you a few examples; a handful of priests who have given the rest of the GOOD ones a bad name, Craig, and Swaggart for starters!

8. I do not believe in evolution.

9. Although I've never been married, I believe couples should remain 100% faithfully devoted to each other, until death do them part!

10. I am against Capital Punishment, yet I am extremely overjoyed to find that Madeline O'Hare was gruesomely murdered by having her nasty body chopped up into a million little pieces and Waters, the man responsible for it, should have been given a medal instead of prison time! I do believe that those who have been proven guilty, without a shadow of a doubt, of causing such horrible atrocities to little children's bodies, and even going so far as murdering them, should have every part of their private parts SLOWLY sliced off with a tiny razor blade!!

11. I'm KIND OF against government-funded programs. Let me explain. I believe Welfare should be accessible to AMERICAN citizens who have lost their jobs, or have been confronted by some catastrophe, BUT only for a couple of months until they can get back to WORK, just like the rest of us. I do believe people who are severely debilitated due to some illness or mental problems (our homeless, Vets) should be helped en every way by our government. Welfare abuse infuriates me, especially when I'm at the grocery check out stand paying for a pound of cheap ground beef to cook dishes that will last me ALL week, and watching the next person pull out her Lone Star Card to pay for a bunch of T-Bone steaks!

12. I DO NOT want FREE medical heath care for those who have NEVER worked because they've chosen NOT to work, but I DO want more affordable to health care for American citizens who DO work.

13. I am for Labor Unions.

14. I believe 100% in Freedom of Speech and expression.

15. I believe money talks, even in the justice system.

16. I believe in the wisdom of our forefathers when they created our Constitution, and it scares to death when a fool; a dangerous ignorant fool attempt to change it!!

17. I believe in the right to sue for some JUST cause such as a death due to negligence, such as was the case with my mother who should NOT have died, but did way before her time due negligence, and for this FACT, I sued and won, yet I am TOTALLY against frivolous lawsuits and believe those who do this, should be heavily fined. Many of you already know that I also sued my city and won. Not for money, but for the RETURN of what was legally MINE!! I will soon post an update on this, along with pictures.

18. Although, I now find myself TOTALLY against this war, I do believe our country must ALWAYS have a strong military. I’d ALWAYS add my little JOIN THE ARMY icon here in my LJ, along with the link because I was for this war in the beginning when we were suppose to go GET Osama bin Laden, but instead ended up in Iraq slaughtering 100's of thousands of innocent men, women and children, not to mention over 4,000 of our beloved American soldiers who have lost their lives for NOTHING, and the 1000's upon 1,000's of our soldiers who are now maimed for life.

19. Although I didn't vote for the man, I did once stand behind President Bush 100% right after 911, but now find he's a stubborn, self-centered dangerous fool with a 27% or something approval rating, who has just about destroyed our country.

20. I am TOTALLY against illegal aliens in this country, and of course, I am AGAINST amnesty for those illegally in this country.

21. I am TOTALLY against the Patriot Act.

22. I feel we're being taxed to death, and the government isn't spending our tax dollars frugally or wisely.

23. I love America with all my heart and soul, and as God is my witness, so much so that I'd gladly give up my life for this country I am so blessed to live in.

24. I AM a rebel.

WHO AM I REALLY? Can you help me answer the question?


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May. 19th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
You are who you are. You don't need to be classified and probably can't be because you are your own person. Good for you.

By the way, I agree with most of what you believe.
May. 20th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I wish I didn't have to be classified. I seem to be split down the middle, and I don't know which side to run to.

You and I have always agreed on most things!
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May. 20th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
You insist on pulling at my heart strings, huh? And it's working!
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May. 19th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you know what is important to you. I'm still not sure I get your stance on Capital Punishment though. I mean you are for gruesome vigilante justice instead? Based on that example, that a little scary :)

By the way, if we are to go by common usage you are Pro-choice when it comes to reproductive rights.
May. 20th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
You sound like an old school fiscally conservetive Republican with a little bit of old school socially liberal democrat in you.
May. 20th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
I suppose I do, although I consider myself 100% Democrat.
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May. 20th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Well so far I agree with everyone. Nishar is as close though as humanly possible. You have many leanings toward a Ronald Reagan Republican with many John Kennedy Democratic beliefs as well.

I am surprised though that noone else has seen just who you truly are...

You my precious are an AMERICAN!

I just hope that even though I do agree with much of what Hannity, Levin, Beck and Limbaugh say you do not hate me.
May. 20th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Even if you agree with what all those assholes have to say, I'll always be your American gal!

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May. 20th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
I don't think you want the answer to that question. Sure, you're bound to get a lot of adulation from the lot of your friends, but I'd rather not state my opinion here.
May. 20th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
I’m immune
When I was in Boot Camp, my Drill Sergeant would yell such insults and profanities at me that I’d go to bed at night and lay in a fetal position while crying myself to sleep. So believe me when I tell you that I’m immune to everything!

I wish you would state your opinion as to who or what you think I am when it comes to politics.
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May. 20th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
simple really, you're a patriot.

A true patriot understands the needs of this country to maintain its strength through the the system of the Republic. We are few, as there are many phony patriots who'd never lay down their lives for the idea of what this country is REALLY supposed to be.

Personally, I go one step farther:

-I believe anyone who betrays the Republic (ie politicians and profiteers who ship jobs away from America) should be brought up on crimes of treason and sentenced to death.

a bit draconian, yes...but an effective deterrent to those who would dare to sully our country's name.
May. 20th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
That's called Fascism, not Patriotism. Informed, in part, on Neo-Mercantilism.

Your views actually weaken the host country, by eradicating the benefits that Comparative Advantage bring when applied on a global scale.
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May. 20th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
WHY do you always think your friendship is at jeopardy?

Time and time again you're always asking,

-Are we still friends?
-Do you like me?
-Are we still friends?
-Are we close?
-Do you like me?

How many times do you have to ask the question to f*cking realize that she welcomes you as a friend?

Savanah has a big heart. She may not agree with everything you believe or your decisions or the way you act or with what you say. That doesn't mean your friendship is on the line. That's just the way people are, i.e. people tend to find flaws in one another and they tend to disagree.

So for the love of God stop asking her every two days or everyday how she feels about you! Your emotional state shouldn't be so dependent on the ideals of another.

In other words, stop being so damn clingy!
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May. 20th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
To be honest with you I was shocked that we agree on so many issues.

Who are you? You're someone who thinks for herself and is trying to be a wonderful person the best way she knows how.
May. 20th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
We do, don't we?! :o)

Yes, I do try to be a wonderful person, but often times I fail miserably.
May. 20th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
So you have no system of philosophy set for determining man's proper relations with man, society, and government, but rather an ad hoc set of preferences determining our outlook, issue by issue.

As such, you're subject to manipulation via triangulation, just like much of the population.

You just accused the military of genocide in Iraq, but claim to support the military, and encourage others to join.

You're views of the president and various radio talk shows hosts are shaped by style.

You have a crush on Obama, and I remember Bill Clinton.

As I was saying earlier to someone else, I notice most people confuse principles with issue positions, because most people cannot truly be bothered with political philosophy, and therefore end up picking sides of issues while informed by random mixes of influences. Most establish their moral and ethical framework the same way.

The result, as I see it, is the commonality of anomie in individuals and society throughout much of the world. You, right here, right now, are probably weighing on a scale how much you agree with one camp or another, determining where to camp. A great many do this, and could be the explanation for why the majority now register independent, even in states with closed primaries.

I would suggest instead, finding a set of axioms you consider a core part of what you believe, and working from that foundation.
May. 20th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
very well said
May. 20th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
"Who Am I Really?"
Of course, your political views do not define who you are, but are instead an expression of your ideals. In other words, whether one identifies oneself with the Republican party or the Democrat party, these ideals do not define who one is. Of course, these party ideals aren't the only ideals available to mankind.

Government is the controling of the mind -- "ment" being indicative of the mind -- which is what is truly being discussed here. And needless to say, you are not limited to your mind; you have a body; you have a spirit. The question is, however, do you think for your mind or does someone else think for your mind?

Do the religious ideals of others affect your views? Does the media influence your perspective of reality? What about corporations? In short, how much of the world are you actually consciouslly aware of and how much is an illusion created by hearsay and elementary conjecture?

The reason I ask is because your origninal question is very philosophical.

I think your views at times contradict one another based on the definition of the term used. For example, the "Pro-Life" views you expressed. Donchep pointed out how your views are more in line with "Pro-Choice."

Overall, I think in large part the crowd influences your decisions, i.e. group think or the mob -- which is democracy. I think you allow your emotions to give sway to your decisions. If you based your ideals on the rule of law more than on what sounds good to you, I think you would have a better idea of what your views entail.

Now, I'm only scratching the surface here. There are a lot of influences in our lives that form our ideals. Public schooling, for example, played a large part in forming our ideals. The view points of most Americans is based on western mantra or philosophy. But how much of it is actually based on reality?
May. 20th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
You are what being an American means, the right to believe in what you want and the freedom to express it.

I agree and disagree with you and that's a good thing. :)

I'm glad to know you.
May. 20th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
It's good to agree and disagree amongst each other, because that's what makes life so interesting.

I'm also glad to know you!
May. 20th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
#2 Unless they are atheist activists like the O'Hares. In that case, you think they deserve to be murdered (see #10).

#6 means you are pro-choice, not so called "pro-life" which is really anti-choice and anti-American.

#8 You don't believe in science and disagree with the your own church.

#7, 14, 16, 23 You are for free speech, except when it is against your religion (Bill Mahr) or your point of view (Sean Hannity, Madeline O'Hare). In both those instances, you have suggested that those whose message you did not like should be silenced.

#9 Even when there is abuse and violence? Even when one threatens to kill the other? Even is one is unfaithful? Or, is it that you believe divorce is wrong because that is what your religious belief is?

#2, 3, 10, 14 You believe it is wrong to hate people for their race, but OK to hate them for their politics and OK to murder them for being active atheists. I guess your idea of freedom of speech only applies to people who agree with you. And, you are against the punishment decreed by your own religion. Unless, of course, they are atheists or heretics, right?

#11 Did you know that many of the homeless are mentally ill. The government "helped" them by determining that they could not be committed unless they are a danger to themselves or others and could not be forced to take medication because it would be wrong. In the view of the government, it is better that they be homeless than medicated or institutionalized.

#11, 12 What about those who were born disabled and unable to work? Those with say severe cerebral palsy?

#13 You are for labor unions even though most do what is right for the union and not the workers. Are you also for the UAW who forced a contract that says:
a) senior people work closer to the end of the line
b) senior people can not do the work of junior people
c) junior people must be laid off first
The effect of the contract is that if the manufacturers must have lay offs, they end up idling manufacturing lines and having to pay the senior workers for doing nothing. It is better for the auto makers to close entire plants rather than lay off some workers. Now, the union is trying to prevent plant closings, which would prevent management from idling any workers regardless of what state the company is in, thereby ensuring the company will go bankrupt.

#8, 16 Do you believe that creationism should be taught in school? Even though that would be teaching a religious belief as official government truth in violation of the Constitution's first amendment? And, The framers of the Constitution meant for it to flexible and changeable, in other words amendable. That is why it has Amendments.

#17 You are against frivolous lawsuits, but who decides which ones are frivolous? My brother-in-law lost his lawsuit because the judge thought the suit was frivolous. His hand was crushed because the company he worked for provided him an improvised tool. The tool had to be improvised because the trailer manufacturer decided not to mount the crank to the trailer because it was cheaper and if the crank was lost, more revenue for them.

#19 So, your opinion is swayed by the opinion of the rest of the country? Would you still consider Bush "a stubborn, self-centered dangerous fool" if he had a 72% approval rating?

Is this really who you are? Maybe you should spend much more time contemplating what you believe because what you say you believe is at odds with how you have been acting, and even at odds with other things you say you believe.
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May. 20th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Your heart's in the right place...
I hope your right about it being a good thing. I sometimes wonder.
May. 20th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I must say...I agree / believe in most of what you do.
May. 20th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, you and I believe in a lot of the same things. I saw that when I read your journal!
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