posted on Apr, 21 2014 @ 05:09 PM
Hello all, I hope this is the right place for this. Sorry if it isn't. I am 30 year old married working male with no kids. I am from a liberal
background in a highly conservative area. My question is two fold really. I have taken that political test floating around ATS, and I seem to be a
communist (lol?) but I am not so sure.
Question one where do I fit in? I hate abortion but don't believe the government has a right to stop someone from doing what they want to their
bodies. I am opposed to the death penalty simply because I believe it is better for the guilty to go free than for the innocent to be punished. I am
pro gun, to the point that I believe gun safety should be taught in public schools. I am torn on isolationism, because our own house is collapsing and
needs help, but even still I can't help but feel some responsibility to the citizens of the world who are suffering. I do not belief that American
citizenship means you deserve food and shelter any more than someone born in a third world country. I do not believe the government should be able to
control certain herbs which will not be discussed here, or what I do with those herbs. I believe in limiting campaign contributions and keeping
government out of personal life as much as possible.
Where my liberalism comes in though, is I guess financially. Is it possible to be a social conservative but fiscal liberal? lol.. Glen Beck once said
that it was immoral to take from those who have, to give to those who have not. This is where I just fundamentally can not be convinced. I am a
believer in the society as a whole, working together for common good. I believe it takes a village to raise a child and that the sum is greater than
the individual parts. I believe working together is the best way, even if working together has to be mandated. I believe that if someone is in need,
and someone else can provide, that is indeed immoral NOT to take from those that have and give to the have not. We as human beings are not individuals
but a collective. An injury to one, is an injury to all. I am my brothers keeper and have no shame in being such. I believe GOOD government can offer
great solutions to problems. Just stay out of my bedroom and personal life.
So my request I guess, is sell me on being libertarian. Convince me that I am wrong that I believe it is wrong for the 1% to sit high in their golden
castles while the 99% outside are starving.
As a struggling lower middle class American, tell me WHY I should NOT vote for the guy (or lady) who is most likely to "give me stuff?" Even if you
despise me or that question, if you want a pro-constitution pro-free market candidate to win something as high as the Presidency, its a question you
MUST answer in this day and age.
edit on 21-4-2014 by Anonex because: spelling, grammar, trying to be more articulate lol