Over the past year, it seems that ATS has become 90% political, as far as threads go, now, maybe that's just me as I tend to log on, hit the new
topics in the morning and log off. Still I do miss seeing threads on bigfoot, black projects, u.f.o's, aliens and everything in between, however, I
understand it's an election year...unfortunately, reading through the posts, it seems to get down to my opinion is better than yours, or, I'm right,
Thought I'd start a post to describe my ideology, hopefully others will join in...this is not to bash the person above you, just to explain your
thoughts, your views, in a paragraph or 2...I'll start.
I tend not to lump myself into the 2 party paradigm...best way I can describe myself would be a non-religious conservative, with libertarian leanings,
and some leanings that would be left of center...and a healthy dose of conspiracy theorist
I mention non-religious, not because I have anything against people of faith, it's more the institution itself, just another mode of controlling the
masses much like government...when it comes down to the average practicing person...I respect their beliefs, for instance, many of my customers, when
I take them to lunch or dinner, want to say grace...I dont get my panties in a bind, nor do I get offended...I bow my head and allow them to say
grace...in my eyes, it's a respect thing...my beliefs are mine...not theirs.
Conservative when it comes to size and scope of government...the constitution is an amazing document, sure, it's 300 years old, however, the framers
sure seemed to have a grasp on how government can become...overbearing.
Libertarian and/or left of center...there are so many definitions of parties, to me this means...to each his own, government should not be involved, I
guess that is the best way to put it, and I'm sure my definitions will not match the "correct" definitions, but they are the best "ideologies" I
can use to express my views.
Just a few last bullet points, as the above tends to ramble a bit in trying to keep it short:
Taxation - seriously, look at France...75%??? That is utter nonsense to me
Entitlements - welfare, food stamps, etc...Good programs for people in need, they should not be a way of life, nor should being on them be
"comforrtable"...the programs should be designed as assistance...this cradle to grave mentality is crazy.
Social Security - I don't view it as an "entitlement"...more like a govt. forced 401K...when it was designed, probably a good program that was
needed, when it went into the general fund...well, bye. I think, at the very least, an opt in/out system...let me take care of my money...you do not
know better than I.
Abortion - Not my call...I'm pro choice...not right for me, especially after witnessing the birth of my kids, but you have your life, and your
decisions are yours, does not affect me.
Gay marriage - again, does'nt affect me, don't care...should be a state issue...or non issue...I will only say...are you guys/gals insane...do you
know what you are asking for, ah well, welcome to alimony and divorce, you silly fools! (it's a joke howdy...I'm married, just trying to keep it
Political Correctness - What a load of crap...you are offended and so traditions (think Christmas or holidays in schools), freedom of speech (We are
not Egypt, no, we will not come up with blasphemy laws...i hope) and so many other things are eroded...
Illegal immigration - take it to the micro scale...it is no different than someone breaking and entering into your house...and a slap in the face to
those that came here the right way...do not pass go, do not collect 200.00, or as it seems to be, taxpayer handouts...no, this is not racist...race
has nothing to do with it...get so sick of the name calling based on a opinion.
Ok...I said one or 2 paragraphs, it is a political thread...do as I say, not as I do
Follow your own thought process, don't counter each of my points, or the persons above you...really just trying to lay out some of my basic thoughts,
and see others. I tried to keep it simplistic, yet show my thought process.