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01 September 2008 @ 02:06 pm
2008 Presidential Candidates: There is no such thing as a perfect candidate in any political campaign. I currently do not support all of the policies of any single candidate, and therefore, if I wish to exercise my right to vote, I must pick the candidate that I agree with most. It is a shame that so are given so little choice in America, and that our decisions are more or less decided for us.

My vote is currently for Barack Obama. While I do not agree, as I said before, with all of his proposed policies, I feel that it is a step in the right direction.

Party: Same as with the candidates, I cannot support all the polices of any party. I am currently left-leaning in my choices, but I, like the majority of Americans, do not picks sides.

Abortion: I am pro-life. I do believe that it is a child from the time of conception. I do not, however, shun those who are pro-choice. I do not view them as demons. It is a matter of your understanding of when life begins. They are not out to kill babies.

Affirmative Action: I am not a racist.

I do not believe in Affirmative Action, however. I believe in equality of opportunity and condition, but this cannot exist in situations where quotas are applied. To give an opportunity to one and not another is still discrimination, regardless of the grounds upon which it is based.

Capital Punishment: Wrong.
The only difference between murder and execution is that one is perpetrated by those in power under the guise of justice.

Censorship: I don't care if it offends you, I have a right to say it. If you want the right to have your Christian signs, then you must allow others the right to their signs too. It is a first amendment right and one that recently has been under fire. No legal or political entity has the right to tell any citizen what they can or cannot say.

Cuba: The American perception of Cuba is still steeped in fear left over from the Cold War. No, I do not agree with the policies of Fidel or Raul Castro, however much of the American sentiment towards Cuba is not based on their policies, but their label as a Communist nation. Communism is not evil. It is not synonymous with Anti-Americanism. We need to improve our relations with Cuba.

Current Administration (Bush/Cheney): I disagree with almost all of the personal agendas of the Bush Administration. They have not followed through on their promises, they have led us into an extreme economic down turn and taken us into a war with no foreseeable end.

I am counting down the days....

Current Congress: Have they even done anything yet?

Education: Access to education is extremely important.

America has spent approx. $1.5 billion dollars informing people about the switch to digital TV, and less than a third of that amount on education.

Our priorities are not in order, and unless we fix this we will not be able to compete in the global market. America's status as a superpower is slipping and we are doing nothing to fix that.

Electoral College: We should get rid of the electoral college and base our vote on the popular vote. It is absurd that the people can vote for one person, and another is put into office. It is undemocratic.

Energy: Our independence on oil and other natural gasses and fossil fuels is not good for our country or the environment. We need to focus on developing cleaner and more sustainable forms of energy and we need to do it soon. We also need to begin using those sources when we have them.

Flag Burning: People view it as horrible, but we have flag underwear. I ask you: Why is it wrong to set a flag on fire, but not to put the flag on your ass?

Foreign Policy: America: You are not the most amazing and most powerful nation in the world.

The world is increasingly becoming more homogenized and we need to move with that trend. We can no longer rely soley on our reputation. We must compete in the global market, work with other countries to develop sound and peaceful polices and rely on ties with other nations. We cannot do anything alone anymore.

Gay Rights: I've struggled with a decision on this one for a while.

More and more scientific studies are showing that it is a genetic predisposition. That means that if you believe in a creator, that creator made people that way. I cannot believe that God would make a person one way and expect them to live a life contrary to that.

Global Warming: It's happening and we need to stop it. The American Government needs to act on this by putting policies in place to prevent misuse of our resources and exploitation of the system by corporations.

Globalization: It certainly has its ups and downs.

On one hand, the movement of American companies across seas has increased the standard of living in many poor countries and opened up markets to a whole new set of consumers.

On the other hand, it has moved American jobs overseas and there are certainly violations of human rights that are not being dealt with. Corporations and governments must take responsibility for this.

Gun Control: I do not feel safer walking down the street knowing that everyone has guns. If someone pulls a gun on you, they are not going to wait for you to get yours out.

Yes, criminals can get guns, and issues will always exist with this, but why not make it harder for them to do so?

Healthcare: According to the October 8th 2007 issue of TIME magazine:


Amount the Iraq war costs per minute, according to a joint analysis by a Nobel-prizewinning economist and a Harvard scholar, who noted that the amount spent on the war each day could pay for health care for 423,529 children.

This is unacceptable

Illegal Immigration: This is again an issue of human rights. You cannot just round these people up like cattle and send them away. They came here because there are too few opportunities in their country. We must create a path to citizenship for them.

Marijuana Legalization: I just don't see the point.

Media Bias: The media is run by people. We all have personal opinions, it is hard to keep them out of your work.

we don't need to put restrictions on the media, we need to learn to check our facts.

Minimum Wage: It is a human rights issue again. We must give people a livable wage. If they can't eat because you aren't paying them enough for food, then you are essentially starving them.

Outsourcing: See Globalization

School Prayer: If you want to pray, go for it. If you don't, then don't.

Separation of Church and State: Separation of Church and state is important.

Just don't confuse Church with Morality.

Social Security: I think we should be able to privately invest it. But I think it should be monitored, so as not to be squandered.

Stem Cell Research: I see nothing wrong with it. Since I am pro-life, I don't agree with using aborted fetuses for it, but you can get stem cells out of the umbilical cord after a baby is born, and I certainly plan on donating after I have children. So much good can come of it.

Taxes: You can't lower taxes and fund a war. Sorry. The economy doesn't work like that

The Constitution: It's pretty cool. Makes stuff work.

Unions: GO UNIONS! They do a lot of good things. And, as a friend pointed out, if you like having your weekends off, you have unions to thank.

United Nations: We need to listen to the UN. There is no point in being a member if we are going to disregard the advice and opinions of the other nations.

War in Iraq: It's wrong. We should not be there. We need to find a way out. Too many people have died for a lie.

Welfare: I think that welfare needs to come with education. I believe in helping the poor, but we cannot just give people money. As the saying goes "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

Wiretapping: Get a warrant.
17 July 2008 @ 01:23 pm
Can anyone tell me when the US Army started knocking on doors?
This afternoon a man from the Army came to our door and asked to speak to my 18-year-old brother.
Are they really that desperate for recruits? I find that really scary. This is my brother we are talking about.
We need to get out.
My father and his brother are both conservatives. I suppose there is nothing wrong with that. I am not, but I have nothing against people that are. What I do worry about, however, is the general uninformed voter. Since those two are conservatives, while my grandfather and I are most certainly on the left (politically, as well as the fact that we are both left-handed), there is the constant threat of a semi-pertinent political uproar.
While sitting at the table, enjoying some delicious ice cream cake, the discussion began. My uncle asked me what I was going to school for (political science), and what I was planning on doing with it. Then it came.
"Who are you going to vote for?"
Now, despite the fact that I am not a fan of political arguments among hard-headed family members, I wasn't going to lie. I voted for Barack Obama.
My uncle's reply?
"I suppose it doesn't matter anyway. Al Gore is going to be the nominee."
WHAT? How is that even possible. The man said he didn't even want to run.
He went on to explain that at the convention the Democratic Party would select Al Gore as their nominee, because Obama and Clinton were simply unelectable. The party had, according to him, already made their decision.
This is an absolute lie. Al Gore is not running for president. I hope everyone knows that. The idea that the party would select a nominee that was not even running during the primaries is simply irrational and ridiculous. While Party politics are tricky and a bit bureaucratic, they are not blatantly anti-democratic. There is absolutely no reason to believe this.
Stop being uninformed. It makes you look stupid.
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22 February 2008 @ 01:26 pm
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12 February 2008 @ 08:40 pm
This speech is amazing, but this makes it all the more beautiful.

He is coming to my campus on Friday!!!!
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08 January 2008 @ 08:03 pm
Now that primaries have begun (New Hampshire's results are coming in as I write this), now is the time to decide who you are going to vote for. Even if you are not usually politically involved, this election is very important and deserves your attention.
There are about 8 serious candidates right now, and to help you decide, I offer you this link:


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25 October 2007 @ 10:28 am

Dear President Bush:

Congratulations on your victory over all us non-evangelicals.

Actually, we're a bit ticked off here in California, so we're leaving.

California will now be its own country. And we're taking all the Blue States with us. In case you are not aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and all of the North East.

We spoke to God, and she agrees that this split will be beneficial to almost everybody, and especially to us in the new country of California. In fact, God is so excited about it, she's going to shift the whole country at 4:30 pm EST this Friday. Therefore, please let everyone know they need to be back in their states by then.

So you get Texas and all the former slave states. We get the Governator, stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay. (Okay, we have to keep Martha Stewart, we can live with that.)

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Old Miss.'

We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get all the technological innovation in Alabama.

We get about two-thirds of the tax revenue, and you get to make the red states pay their fair share. Since our divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms to support, and we know how much you like that.

Did I mention we produce about 70% of the nation's veggies? But heck the only greens the Bible-thumpers eat are the pickles on their Big Macs. Which means trouble for you because most of the medical innovation in the U.S. happens in blue states, too. Oh yeah, another thing, don't plan on serving California wine at your state dinners. From now on it's imported French wine for you. Ouch, bet that hurts.

Just so we're clear, the country of California will be pro-choice and anti-war. Speaking of war, we're going to want all Blue States citizens back from Iraq. If you need people to fight, just ask your evangelicals.

They have tons of kids they're willing to send to their deaths for absolutely no purpose. And they don't care if you don't show pictures of their kids' caskets coming home.

Anyway, we wish you all the best in the next four years and we hope, really hope, you find those missing weapons of mass destruction. Seriously. Soon.



I just had the chance to reread this essay. I remember reading it a few years back, when we were still in the middle of the war and thinking that it was brilliant. Does it bring up points that no one has before? Hardly. That's not it's purpose. Look at the date. This essay was written 2 days after September 11th. It took courage to say what he says in a time like that. People were scared and confused, and looking to place the blame on anyone they could. It's easy to place blame, it's far harder to understand.

Understanding Oil
By Serj Tankian



The brutal attacks/bombings this week in New York, and Washington D.C., along with threats of attacks there and elsewhere in the country have changed our times forever. While the mass media concentrates on the details of the destruction, and the blanketed words of politicians, I will attempt to understand and explain the events from the fence. BOMBING AND BEING BOMBED ARE THE SAME THINGS ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE FENCE.

Terror is not a spontaneous human action without credence. People just dont hijack planes and commit harikari (suicide) without any weight of thought to the action. No one in the media seems to ask WHY DID THESE PEOPLE DO THIS HORRIFIC ACT OF VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION?

To be able to understand the answer to this, we must first look at our U.S. Mideast Policy. During most of the 20th century, U.S. businesses have worked on attaining oil rights and concessions from countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. After WWI, secret back door deals by our State Dept. yielded oil rights from then defeated Turkey to fields in what is now Iraq and Saudi Arabia, in return for looking the other way at a crime against humanity, the Genocide of the Armenians by the Turks. Oil profits have been the motivating factors behind many attempts at counterinsurgency of democratic regimes by the CIA and the U.S in the Middle East (such as Iran in the 1950s, where the Shah replaced the Prime Minister who refused to give up oil rights to the U.S., and since the people couldn't deal with the Shah, an extremist government headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini ultimately prevailed). During the Iran-Iraq war, America supplied both sides with weapons and advice. These are not the actions of a rich superpower wanting peace. Lets not forget that Saddam Hussein, before being Americas vision of the Anti-Christ, was a close ally of the U.S., and the CIA. So what was the firm belief system of consecutive American administrations that caused all this to occur ? PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WILL LEAD TO HIGHER OIL AND GASOLINE PRICES. Lets not also forget the power of the Arms industry, disguised as defense, that still sells billions of dollars of weapons to the area. Therefore it has not been in the short-term economic interest of the U.S. to foster Peace in the Middle East. Using the above reasoning, the U.S. has encouraged extremist governments, toppled democracies, as in the case of Iran to replace it with a monarchy, rigged elections, and many more unspeakable political crimes for U.S. businesses abroad. Lets not also forget the Red Scare. During the war between the then Soviet Union and Afghanistan, the U.S. armed and supported the Taliban, a fundamentalist Muslim organization, and allowed them to export opium and heroin out of their country to pay for those weapons. Therefore the Taliban rose to power and control with the help of the U.S.A. Today, the bombing of Iraq still continues, no longer covered by the media, the economic embargo still remains, killing millions of children, and recently, while the world and the U.N. General Assembly have cried out to bring in peacekeeping forces into Israel and Palestine, to end the escalated war and recent assassinations, the U.S. has vetoed the rest of the Security Council and has halted the possibility of peace, there, in the most volatile place in the world.

People in Serbia, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan to name a few have seen bombs fall, not always at military targets and kill innocent civilians, as the scene in New York city yesterday. The wars waged by our government in our names has landed smack in the middle of our living room. The half hour of destruction closed down all world financial markets, struck the central headquarters of our military, and had our leaders running into bunkers, and our citizens into fear and frenzy. What scares me more than what has occurred is what our reactions to the occurrences may cause. President Bush belongs to a long generation of Republican Presidents who love war economies. The media has only concentrated on the bombings, if you will, and what type of retaliations are looming for the perpetrators. What everyone fails to realize is that the bombings are a reaction to existing injustices around the world, generally unseen to most Americans. To react to a reaction would be to further sponsor the reaction. In other words, my belief is that the terror will multiply if concrete steps are not taken to sponsor peace in the middle east, NOW. This does not mean that we should not find the guilty party(s), Bin Laden, or whoever they may be, and not try them. Put simply, as long as a major injustice remains, violence precipitates to the surface of life.

Native American folklore, the Bible, Nostradamus, and many other major religious beliefs point to this era with the visuals of yesterdays disasters, and conditions of ecological disasters we experience daily in our lives today. War, rumors of war, famine, long burning fires, etc., are at our doorstep. We can prevail over this possible vision with the power of the human spirit, understanding, compassion, and peace. ITS TIME TO PUT OUR NEEDS FOR SECURITY AND SURVIVAL, ACHIEVED ONLY THROUGH PEACE, ABOVE AND BEYOND PROFITS, ESPECIALLY IN THESE TIMES.


The U.S. should stop sidestepping the U.N. Security Council, and allow U.N. Peacekeeping troops and missions to the Middle East. Stop the violence first.

Stop the bombing and patrol of Iraq.

With todays gains in the use of alternative fuels, develop them to full usage with autos and other utilities, to make the country less dependent on an already depleting natural reserve, oil.

By initiating peace, we would have already shaken the foundations of support for Bin Laden, and/or all those that sponsor activities like those we saw yesterday, and break the stronghold of extremists on the world of Islam. On the other hand, if we carry out bombings on Afghanistan or elsewhere to appease public demand, and very likely kill innocent civilians along the way, wed be creating many more martyrs going to their deaths in retaliation against the retaliation. As shown from yesterdays events, you cannot stop a person who's ready to die.

11 October 2007 @ 11:17 am
From Time Magazine (Oct. 8th issue)

Amount the Iraq war costs per minute, according to a joint analysis by a Nobel-prizewinning economist and a Harvard scholar, who noted that the amount spent on the war each day could pay for health care for 423,529 children.

$50 billion
Amount the Bush Administration plans to increase its 2008 budget for military operations abroad
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