1. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
I do think that talking about being a ‘victim’ of drugs is ridiculous. We have free will, and we exercise it when we make bad decisions. Is addiction real and hard to break? Of course. Do I think drug addicts deserve prison sentences? No, not unless the person commits some other crime as a result of being under the influence.
2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
I think our highest national priority should be keeping America safe. I think we rushed into Iraq not giving it enough thought, and now we’re damned if we do leave, damned if we don’t.
3. Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.
Switch that around and I’ll agree with it. Big business is in bed with both political parties in this country, and it’s sickening. And I think our national obsession with pot is ridiculous. If it’s illegal, alcohol should be, as well.
4. “Standing Tall for America” means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.
I don’t know if most republicans would agree with that, that accusation is a bit harsh.
5. A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all humankind without regulation.
As I’ve said in this blog before, I’m against abortion in all circumstances. No unborn child should have to die so a woman can “choose” not to be bothered by a pregnancy. And like I’ve said before, pregnancy resulting from rape and incest are extremely tragic and unfortunate (not to mention extremely rare), but two wrongs don’t make a right.
6. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
Come on, do democrats REALLY think republicans believe that? God hates certain BEHAVIORS, not PEOPLE. And Jesus does love me. And He loves you too, as much as that might bother you.
7. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.
Not liking the tone of this one. At the same time, I don’t agree with cutting veterans’ benefits or pay.
8. Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.
Not really liking the tone of this one, either, but at the same time, a lot of republicans I know do seem to have this kind of hypocritical attitude.
9. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.
I know a lot of people who think this way, and it’s unfortunate. I’ll have to look up the study again, but I’ve quoted figures before on this blog that show over 90% of people have sex before they’re married. Sticking our heads in the sand isn’t going to lead to anything but STDs and unwanted pregnancies (and by extension, abortions).
10. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our longtime allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
I don’t know enough details to know if this is true or not, although I know it’s been alleged.
11. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.
This is just like the one about big business. As long as the campaign finance system allows these industries to funnel large sums of cash to candidates, we’re going to suffer for it, while the pols try to appease those industries by making sure they get the upper hand in any legislation concerning or regulating them.
12. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
I’m actually for universal health-care. It may not be the best way, but what we have now ain’t workin’, either.
13. Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
I don’t know what to believe about global warming. Both sides seem to prevent convincing arguments … but how do I know who’s right?
On creationism, I think it should be taught as a theory, just like the theory of evolution.
14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.
He was a bad guy, shame on Cheney and Reagan. Should we have gone over there and started this war? I don’t know. But I don’t think anyone can argue he was anything but a bad guy.
15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is a solid defense policy.
I always thought the whole thing about Clinton and Monica was ridiculous. If Bush did lie, shame on him. I’d rather the president screwed one intern than the entire country.
16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
I don’t recall gay marriage being a constitutionally protected right? I do, however, remember something called the first amendment!
17. The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s driving record is none of our business.
What? I must have missed this one.
18. You support states’ rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right to adopt.
I do support state rights.
19. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the 1980s is irrelevant.
Hypocrisy is bad. I think all politicians’ records should be an open book, but that’s not going to happen unless they’re forced to.
20. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist; but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
I can see both sides of this issue. I support fair trade, but at the same time, would our country be destroyed financially if we truly followed only fair-trade practices? I don’t know the answer to that.