Let me first explain that I have long considered two separate paths, Libertarianism and Socialism, for most of the time I believed that Social
democracy could be the meeting ground for my beliefs, I was wrong. I took a break from politics, conspiracies and commenting on ATS for about 2 weeks,
just to clear my head after the loss of my grandmother. I saw this as a time for reflection, I decided to push away the shackles of a confining
ideology or the war between left and right.
So now that I have returned to ATS and politics specifically, I have made a divisive choice, I won’t decide my politics due to arguments from
others or from just pure research on subjects. I will take my opinion from critical self analysis of the issues that are staring us in the face, all
issues ranging from abortion to global trade. And what I decided to do was push aside what I thought
was right and instead replace it with what
is right. And that is a culmination of several mixed beliefs, thrown together to form what I feel is best for myself, my family and
everyone in our glorious republic.
I took a trip to eastern Pennsylvania; Bethlehem, Easton, Stroudsburg and saw the beauty that is America. Quant little houses sitting on sloped
hills with waving American flags on their porches, homes that come from the 19th and 18th century when our ancestors were cultivating the land that
would become the America we know today. The people there were humble, the stores were mostly ‘ma and pa’ and the natural areas were clear of
debris. It made me actually feel happy in my country for once, taking a break from the constant news and what our country is actually doing to us and
the world, I took the time to remember what we were founded upon. Community, charity and hospitality, regardless of race, religion, sex or class. The
real America, not a corporate consumer America that is the wet dream of some elite banker in London.
I must seem as if I am rambling on, anyways… I have decided that the modern left and right is just an illusion, there are two pages in an open
book, but it is still the same book. Remember our founding fathers two parties? The Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans? So who was right and
who was left? If you study their platforms it was neither right nor left, it was pro-government or anti-government. Now what do we have? Pro-corporate
government or Pro-corporate, is that really a choice? NO!
My favorite founding father was Thomas Jefferson, he might not have been a perfect person because who really is? But he fought on the side of the
people, from his governorship in Virginia to his presidency in America, he always sided with the people regardless of some dull political belief. And
through his culmination of thoughts and legislation he created what is termed as
In its core ideals it is characterized by the following elements, which the Jeffersonians expressed in their speeches and legislation:
• The core political value of America is representative democracy; citizens have a civic duty to aid the state and resist corruption, especially
monarchism and aristocracy.
• The yeoman farmer best exemplifies civic virtue and independence from corrupting city influences; government policy should be for his benefit.
Financiers, bankers and industrialists make cities the cesspools of corruption, and should be avoided.
• Americans had a duty to spread what Jefferson called the "Empire of Liberty" to the world, but should avoid "entangling alliances."
• The national government is a dangerous necessity to be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation or
community; it should be watched closely and circumscribed in its powers. Most Anti-Federalists from 1787-88 joined the Jeffersonians.
• The wall of separation between church and state is the best method to keep religion free from intervention by the federal government, government
free of religious disputes, and religion free from corruption by government.
• The federal government must not violate the rights of individuals. The Bill of Rights is a central theme.
• The federal government must not violate the rights of the states. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 (written secretly by Jefferson and
James Madison) proclaim these principles.
• Freedom of speech and the press is the best method to prevent the tyranny of the people by their own government. The Federalists' violation of
this idea through the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 became a major issue.
• A standing army and navy are dangerous to liberty and should be avoided; much better was to use economic coercion such as the embargo.
• The United States Constitution was written in order to ensure the freedom of the people. A strict view of how the constitution was written is
kept. However, "no society can make a perpetual constitution or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation."
• All men had the right to be informed, and thus, to have a say in the government. The protection and expansion of human liberty was one of the
chief goals of the Jeffersonians. They also reformed their respective state systems of education. They believed that their citizens had the right and
should be educated no matter their circumstance or status in life.
And I do not simply adhere to this philosophy as the is purely sheep following the herd, I have decided to take his beliefs and use them as a
foundation of principles to build off of. Not reaching beyond what he has categorized for government, but still going to lengths I believe acceptable
without breaking any of the principles.
I believe strongly that states should be treated as nations and the United States should simply be a Union built around common language, history
and law. Having the federal government simply guarantee rights and enforce laws. For example; I support Universal Healthcare but the federal
government should not administer it, they should tell the states to administer it and do it their own way to ensure the highest form of efficiency and
No more war unless the union is threatened by outside forces directly, no more pre-emptive wars, nation building, military alliances, military
assistance or military spying. We deserve our rights back, the right to govern ourselves while still given a guaranteed minimum safety net.
So I hope you like the views, and I wish you would contribute to this thread, not use simple talking points or ignorant political ideologies.
Ignore right versus left and support right versus wrong!
[edit on 7/9/2010 by Misoir]