I thought I’d try an experiment and tell my blog readers where I stand on various political issues, and then I hope some of you will make suggestions about which presidential candidate is the overall best fit for me and why.
- I want my income tax as low as possible, definitely. I want the government to be as small and efficient as possible, and I want it to live within its means. I loathe our deficit spending and the fact that we’ve mortgaged our future to China. But I’m confused because Clinton the Democrat did a better job in this area than Bush the Republican, although I suppose Bush saved me money on my taxes and gave me two stimulus checks. On the other hand, I do think some kind of national healthcare fix is needed.
- I’m anti-war, and I’m not even sure how much aid money we should be giving to other nations. We were truly needed to help allied Europe win World War II, but I think all our wars since then have been wrong. We should be much slower to go to war in far-off foreign situations. We should send food and supplies to help nations that are suffering, but beyond that I don’t think we should interfere and intervene as much as we do, especially when we’re so deep in debt and domestic problems ourselves.
- People should be free to do what they want with their own bodies as long as they don’t infringe on other people’s rights, whether it’s abortion, sodomy, prostitution, drugs, or wearing seatbelts. I think abortion is horrible, but I don’t think it’s outright murder, because I don’t think a spirit is permanently tied to a body until later. However, I’m adamantly against gay marriage, which I see as totally different than tolerating personal liberties, and I want a president who's committed to holding the line against that on the federal level.
- On energy and the environment, I lean toward wanting fairly drastic intervention. I think Americans are totally out of control on house size, car dependence, inefficient suburbs, and other forms of consumerism. I think our gas should cost as much as Europe’s or more, so we’re forced to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I also think water should cost more, where it’s scarce. The taxes raised on these items could be used to reduce pollution, develop alternative energy forms such as more nuclear plants, and stuff like that. I think the American way of life needs to be downsized, or we’re soon going to find ourselves in resource wars with China and India.
- I'm not sure where I stand on immigration. I don't want wide-open borders, but it seems to me that most illegal immigrants from impoverished nations actually turn out to be win-win situations, because they make better money than they're used to and many of them perform menial labor that improves America's overall quality of life. I say legitimize as many illegal workers as possible and collect income tax from them. On the other hand, I can see the need to police our borders, especially for terrorist concerns. And I suppose too many immigrants could cause social and economic problems of various kinds, even if they're willing to work.
So there it is. I imagine I'm probably self-contradictory in spots, but so be it. Am I an inevitable McCain voter, or could I in good conscience go with Obama? Did I leave anything out that you want to know my stand on before you offer your suggestion?