Nowadays, keep their beliefs to themselves among family and friends or risk an argument to which there is no end. Political discussion, is, for the most part, reduced to vitriolic soundbites provided for us by either the media or our favorite politician. If ever we need a retort to someone who holds a different political belief than us then, by golly, it exists. Our leaders don’t debate each other, they trade soundbites so that, in the weeks that follow, people will be able to quote back their favorite.
So, here’s the deal: I’m going to lay out my beliefs in a clear and honest manner. I will do so without denigrating the other side. In the interest of spreading political discussion and not arguments or even debates, here is what I believe:
I believe that women should have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. As a man, I feel it’s not my place to decide whether or not a woman can terminate a pregnancy.
I believe that religion has no place in government. Now, more than any other point in history, I feel it’s important to not tread on the beliefs of our citizens. One of the most enduring strengths of this country is that we’re not some homogeneous culture, but a blend of a hundred different peoples. Prayer, creationist theories (without scientific evidence) and a Judeo-Christian teaching of history do not belong in our public schools.
I believe that marijuana should be legalized, if only so people will stop talking about it.
I believe that gay men and women should be allowed to marry each other, simply because I do not believe it is the government’s role to legislate whether or not two consenting adults can marry one another.
I believe that everyone should pay taxes based on their income. If you make more money, you pay more taxes. This society, as we have built it, cannot survive without a constant influx of money. We are currently engaged in two wars. We have a huge number of social programs to support. We have an infrastructure to support. Cut the wars, the infrastructure costs, or the social programs and then, and only then, consider reducing taxes.
These are my core political beliefs, for the most part. There are other things, but we’re already at 400 words. So let’s leave it at this for now.