I've been wondering what I would be if I was an American. In Blighty I'm a pretty straight down the line Tory. And what with the US being the superpower it is I'm exposed to quiet a lot of US political stuff. I know that my views translate pretty neatly into the republican party, since I agree with them about 100% on foreign policy, economic policy and largely on domestic policy.
You'd be an independent. You differ from both major parties in important ways, from what I can tell. Maybe you'd align with one of the smaller parties, although I'm unsure of what party that would be. Problem is, all of the other parties are so small they're barely a blip on the radar. Although theoretically we can have as many parties as we want, the way our government works effectively makes our politics a two party system.
I am pro-choice.
I for one will never understand why a supposed "right to choice" ever trumps the right to life.
I don't agree just pumping more oil without diverting substantial resources from the tax on that petrol (gas) to renewable production, and I certainly believe in setting emission standards for vehicles and businesses.
The Republican party is supposed to be the party of small government and a low tax rate. George Bush unfortunately forgot the small government aspect of being Republican.
As far as the tax goes - the debate isn't necessarily whether we support renewable production - it's whether the government or private businesses should be doing it. The Republican party's stance is that it is generally better to let private businesses do this stuff than the government.
I don't believe in God. Or even if there was one, I have my own moral code and would not be beholden to that child abusing mass murdering genocidalist of the old testament.
Considering the harsh climate of the desert and the culture of the time (the men were generally better educated), the alternatives were to leave the women and children to die of heatstroke and hunger, or to take them as slaves.
In addition, that was how wars were generally fought during that time period by other nations - if the Israelites lost a war, they could expect to be wiped or enslaved by the other nations.
My take on redistribution of wealth (does not take into account leaving the old USofA): 1) Rich people get taxed + become middle class. 2) Government gives all that money to poor people who then become middle class. 3) Rich people (who control most businesses) no longer are motivated to keep their businesses, start new ones, or stay/try to become rich. 4) Rich people thus become poor. 5) The goverment no longer has money to give to the poor people, who then go back to being poor. 6) The middle class people, who now have no jobs becuase of the lack of businesses become poor. 7) Everyone is poor, no one is happy, nothing can happen, and the government is just simly "there."
And my take as well. IMHO, that is what essentially collapsed communism, which included an extreme form of socialism. Everybody was paid the same regardless of work, so people showed up and put in minimal effort. The result was a collapse of production, leading to an economy that could not sustain itself.
Sure, capitalism leads to inequalities in terms of how much people can afford. But at least it's self sustaining and very resilient. We've had ups and downs and even a great depression and a recent nosedive in our markets - but we've managed to pull out of the great depression and it looks like we're gonna pull out of our current financial crises as well. For all of its faults, capitalism works better than anything else we've tried.
In a large, crowded bank with multiple guards, I bet I could drop every one of them before they got their guns out
I'd bet otherwise. Despite what you may have seen in the movies and accomplished in video games via a mouse, aiming a real weapon takes time and scoring a bullseye takes practice. Very, very few people can pull off the "instant aim and score a bullseye" trick.