a reply to: Christosterone
I too am a native born Texan and while I have voted Republican and Green Party in the past, I predominantly align myself with progressive principles
and usually vote Democrat.
While I do support a person's right to practice the religion of their choice, or none at all, I do not believe that right includes imposing their
beliefs on others, including but not limited to employees.
I am a staunch supporter of separation of church & state and while both of my parents are ordained ministers of a metaphysical faith that I do align
with, I'm not a big fan of organized religion.
Personally, I don't believe in a "supreme being" or creator/judge/God, but I do believe that all life is connected and I'm open to at least some
element of intelligent design like the possible tweaking of our DNA by ETs in times past.
I too have a gay sibling and I support LGBT rights, but I'd feel the same way even if my sibling wasn't gay. It's more about "equal" rights than
I believe in the right to bear arms, but I don't believe that right comes without limits and/or regulations.
I believe in the right to self defense, but I also believe that the idea of the people being sufficiently armed to overthrow their government is pure
insanity, at least in this day and time. (It might sound good to some, but I assure you, it ain't gonna happen)
I too, believe in alien life and I also believe that our government spends far more of our GDP on space science than we'll ever know. I believe NASA
was just for public viewing, the really good stuff is being funded off the books in black OPs and/or secret space programs.
When it comes to abortion, I have mixed emotions and views as I'm sure many people do. In other words, I don't think anyone is actually
"pro-abortion," but I think most people realize that in certain cases it may be necessary.
The one thing I do know, is that I don't feel like I should have the right to interfere with decisions made between a patient and their doctor.
I believe in universal, not for-profit, single payer healthcare.
I believe that free public education should include 2 yrs. of pre-K and 4 yrs. of college.
I believe that any and all trade pacts should include clauses mandating that products be manufactured in the same country they're going to be sold in,
or "heavily" taxed to offset the difference in economies and standards of living. I also believe they should include strict global pollution and
worker safety standards that are at least as stringent as our own.
Right now, I support Bernie Sanders for POTUS and I definitely can not see myself supporting any of the conservative candidates.
The only conservative I can somewhat agree with is Rand Paul, but even he has some positions I cannot bring myself to support. (Like his belief that
a business owner has the right to refuse service based on religious objections)
I'm currently 59 yrs. old. While I am truly a "jack of all trades," I worked as a union longshoreman for 32 yrs. prior to my retirement in 2005 and
now the biggest joy in my life is my grand children.
I only wish I would have had this kinda time to spend with my own children when they were growing up and I was working.
So, there I AM.