Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Last night on CNN the You Tube Republican debate took place. I thought that it was very interesting to watch and that all of the candidates made very well points-perhaps excluding Ron Paul. I noticed that this debate was different than the Democratic one, not just because it was a You Tube debate, but also because there were more questions asked that dealt with “smaller” topics, while it seems as if the Democratic debate only focused on the large topics and wedge topics. I personally thought that this debate was also much more exciting than the Democratic one- and I do not say this because I like the Republicans, this is what I genuinely think. There are four candidates that I was impressed with: Mike Huckabee, Mit Romney, John McCain, and Fred Thompson. I thought that they all made very good points and I was impressed with all of them.
Mike Huckabee gave some great answers, one dealing with if he believed every word in the Bible and also if he would accept the support of gays or lesbians. Mit Romney Always formulated his answers very well- though there was a few times where it seemed that he got nervous on questions that involved the fact that he used to support abortion- but he admitted that he was wrong. John McCain is very straightforward, and I like that a lot. He is completely against abortion and he got angry with Mit Romney for the way that he answered one of the questions dealing with torture saying that he cannot comprehend how America could act that way. And then there was Fred Thompson- it seemed that he said the right things at the right times- thus making the whole crowd laugh. He seems like a straight shooter and I loved his answer to the question about what type of guns he owns, which he replied he wasn’t going to say what type of guns he own and definitely not say where they are at. The topics of gun control, abortion, gays serving in the military, space exploration, Guantanamo Bay and other important issues were discussed. All together the Republican debate was a very interesting one.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I highly recommend that you take this test because it is very interesting to find out where you fall. It has made me want to do more research to find out exactly where I stand. My parents are conservative and thus I was instilled with those values, but perhaps I have some unknown liberal tendencies- or maybe not. Here is a picture below that explains how to read the Political Compass- The vertical line is the Economic Scale and the horizontal line is the Social Scale. Also, the two graphs below it show where the most famous political figures of our times and recent past have fallen. Then, the last one is mine. So take the test and see where you lay in the political spectrum.
Monday, November 19, 2007
One person that I actually agreed with on the immigration problem was Governor Bill Richardson. He made some great points that I really liked, and some I did not completely agree with concerning illegal immigration. He does not agree with putting up a fence around the border. Why? Its not that he would not want to, but it is that he does not believe it would work. I see his point. What type of “super fence” would we have to build in order to keep the illegal immigrants out? Would it even work? Also, he believes that the people of Mexico need a better path to citizenship. Perhaps it could be changed, but for now I believe that they need to come here legally or not at all. And, people should not get angry at the US for this belief or believe that the US is being too harsh, but Mexico needs to better provide for its poor. The main point that Richardson made that I agree with is that we should not give all of the Mexican illegals amnesty. This is just ridiculous and it would undermine one of the duties of a citizen, which is to obey a law.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
One of the key elements to this argument is that the second Amendment does not allow an “absolute” right to bear arms because “no right is absolute.” “Just as free speech does not protect obscenity, they say, the Second Amendment does not include an unlimited right to own guns.” Just because we have free speech, doesn’t mean that we can shout “Fire!” in a crowd. This same condition could be applied to the Second Amendment. I am a member of the NRA and do believe that individuals should be able to have guns. I happen to agree with this statement by Wendy Kaminer: “The irony of the Second Amendment debate is that acknowledging an individual right to bear arms might facilitate gun control more than denying it ever could.”
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I learned more about Buck McKeon from browsing all of the bills he has or has not supported and looking through his voting history. It’s great that I can who votes most and least like him because I can see where they are from. I find it very interesting that he votes most like David Dreier, and not some other Republican from another state. This may mean that McKeon and Dreier have a relationship and thus are voting on the same issues in the same way, but how Conservative is McKeon? After all, California is a liberal state. I got a better idea of the networking that can go on from each state, and thus, maybe there is a certain level of skewed voting. I recommend that anybody reading this find out who their Representative is at http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ find out who your rep is and then go to opencongress.org.