Although it looks like I have briefly spouted off about both in a blog post before. Guess they aren't the off the table topics that I thought.
Let's start with the easier one. Politics. I am a conservative. Specifically, I want Republicans running my country because they stand for less government, fewer taxes and for the United States of America to not be a national charity organization. I think this is the important side of politics. I don't think the government should put people on welfare indefinitely. I don't think non registered inhabitants should get ANYTHING. Translate that into, illegal aliens should go through proper channels...they effing exist for a reason...to get a damn visa and subsequent green card. I think it should subsidize charitable organizations to help care for our wretched, poor and sick.
I'm not a fan of over spending in government. That includes war. We shouldn't be fighting someone else's fight. We certainly shouldn't veil our need for control as human rights activism. Bills submitted to the houses should be strictly one item/topic. There shouldn't be a bill that gets voted up or down because it champion's XYZ while ABCDEF&G are hiding up it's skirt.
Speaking of health care. I really don't know what I think anymore. Our current system is highly corrupt. I'm not thinking that putting it in the hands of corrupt government is a step in the right direction. That said, something needs to change. At least they are trying something new. I just hope it doesn't devastate us more than save us.
Where my dial swings way left: I am much more of an environmentalist than I ever dreamed I'd be. I think people should benefit from being green. I think businesses should benefit from being green from the government. The government should stand behind people taking responsibility for their actions with respect for Earth. Companies who destroy it should be taxed higher.
Morality shouldn't be a national issue. States make laws, leave our constitution alone. That goes for Abortion, Gambling, Alcohol, Marriage (gay and straight), or whatever people are squawking about these days.
Morality leads nicely into religion. I don't know what I believe officially. I'm definitely more on the Atheist/Agnostic side of the pie chart. I am not so pompous to believe I (Humans) am the highest intelligence in the universe. It makes sense that there is something greater, but I don't believe the legends and scribblings of man hold the answer. I was raised in a Christian environment. I lived the Christian lifestyle and believed I was a Christian. Then I grew up. I'll end my offensive comments there and will move onto my general thoughts on religion.
I think religions of the world provide structure and guidance for people. As a whole we need these constructs to help us understand right from wrong and consequences of actions. Every one of them have a similar goal: align morality, inspire devotion, and build community. If you are unable to view your faith in these terms, you are far to subjective for this type of a conversation. Whoops, there went another insult.
I strive to never sway someone's opinion on religion. I don't gain anything from making someone see my view point. If someone can rationally live life better as a follower of Christ, Jehovah, Mohamed, Buddha, or anyone else they choose, good for them. I'm glad they have the inspiration needed. I just wish people would actually live the things they preach instead of just preaching. I'm also not one of those people who say "just don't push it on me. Keep it to yourself." If you're really excited and proud of something, I expect it to be shared. Just don't get in a tizzy if you find someone who disagrees. People are allowed to have different points of view. Most of the time to them, you are just as absurdly wrong as you think they are. Shock...I know!
Here comes another insult...I guess was just lying above cause I can't seem to hold them back and still make my point. I think I am a better person than the average Christian or Muslim. Since these are really the only two big ones (and yes I'm grouping Catholics and Mormons in with Christians since even with their diversions, they still hold the same tenants) with punishment by
Alright, I'm ending the insults and the stepping off my soap box.