Des (deskitty) wrote,

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Early-Morning Memeage

1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
There's nothing very "gut-worthy" in here.

2. Would you do meth if it was legal?
see: Sudafed. (So yes, for a medically-valid reason.)

3. Abortion: for or against it?
I don't believe the pro-lifers have any basis for their claim that life begins at conception. I don't believe there's a specific moment at which life begins -- or at least, I don't know how to define that moment if there is one.

So yes, I'm willing to err on the side of abortion because I believe that particularly early on, there is little if any pain for the fetus. There are enough unwanted children in the world already, and I believe we are only causing suffering by allowing more of them to be born. I also don't feel it is my right or place to tell any person what they can or can't do with their body.

4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?

5. Do you believe in the death penalty?
I have a very hard time with it. I think, ultimately, it's better for some than the alternatives. But I don't know that I--or any other human--am qualified to make that judgement.

6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Yes. See above about telling people what they can do with their bodies.

7. Are you for or against premarital sex?
I would hope I'm okay with it, considering. =P Sexuality is a part of who I am, and I refuse to be ashamed of it. Who I choose to share it with is an intensely personal decision, and I think that boundary can only be set on a person-by-person basis. I've chosen a balance that works for me -- I've set some boundaries that are based on how comfortable I'd be sharing myself with any specific person.

Others will have different boundaries, and for society to set the cut-off point arbitrarily at marriage is a silly thing to do. It made perfect sense before birth control and condoms, but not anymore.

8. Do you believe in God?

9. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?

10. Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
No. I think beyond a certain point, this whole notion of borders and who can stand on what patch of dirt is silly. Individuals have homes, and those are their borders. But beyond that, what right do we have to tell someone they can't come here and make a life for themselves if they can find food, shelter, work, etc.?

11. A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
Only if she and her family are willing and able to give the child the love and support it needs to thrive. Otherwise, she should give the baby to someone who can.

12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
Yes. Most of the dangerous drinking I've witnessed has been by people under 21. I think that is a direct result of the fact that they are forbidden to do it -- that gives it a certain "cool" aspect it wouldn't have otherwise. Also, since they can't do it legally, they do it in "underground" areas -- inside people's houses and the like. There are safer, more moderate environments (e.g. a glass of wine with dinner) they don't have access to because of the law. IMO this places them at higher risk.

13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
Yes -- it was started under false pretenses. That said, we now have an obligation to let the Iraqis guide us in cleaning up the mess we made. Once we've done that, we need to GTFO.

14. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
No. I believe it should be the patient's informed, competent choice.

15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
I don't have any, so I really couldn't say.

16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
It's just a piece of cloth. It only has meaning because we assign it that meaning.

17. Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
Neither -- we need someone who is not a politician. We need someone who can do what needs to be done, even if it's unpopular in the short term. McCain is interested only in himself and his oil buddies, and Obama looks more and more like the stereotypical Democratic politician -- interested mostly in the power brokering, and less about real progressive change.

The government and (many of) the people have developed an adversarial relationship (see: low approval ratings, corporate bailout legislation, etc.). That's a really unhealthy position to be in. But that's probably an entire book's worth of writing, right there.

18. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
No. People will judge me regardless. It's all good.

-- Des
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