How do you define your political position? What is the ideology that inspires it?
conservative - constitutionalist (as in the words written in the document, not the invisible penumbras that are used by judges to make laws) - government that governs least governs best
What matters more in deciding your vote: the party, the candidate, or the ideas?
I will never, ever vote for a Democrat party candidate. I am looking for candidates with my conservative point of view, but I will vote some the one closest rather than try to be ideologically pure and let a socialist get voted in.
Do you think religion has a place in politics?
if you read the first ammendment it is about preventing the establishment of a state church (i.e. Church of England) not about preventing the practice of religion. Its an important part of everybody's makeup, and one that can't be legislated away.
Are high abstention levels a serious problem for democracies?
no - the fewer uninformed people who stay away from the polls the better.
Should parties that want to eliminate democracy be allowed to participate in democratic elections?
we let the Democrats participate, don't we?
Are Right and Left obsolete concepts?
I don't think so. They are pretty good at quickly identifying where people are on the political spectrum.
Why does hunger continue to exist in the world? Is this the result of a deliberate policy?
since the 20th century and the true green revolution in crop yields, the only famines have been caused politically. Just ask those North Koreans who had to eat grass.
What type of information should a government be able to legally maintain on about its citizens?
whether you have paid your taxes, whether you have been convicted of a felony. In other words a whole lot less than they have today.
What political figures in recent history do you admire most?
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Winston Churchill
Two-party systems are on the rise: is this good for politics?
its better than the lukewarm paralysis that multi-party systems seem to devolve into
Should any territory have the right of self-determination if a majority of the population votes in favour of doing so?
a peaceful devolution of political bonds is preferable to a hot war about it. Yes, I am in favor. Sort of like "government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed" thing.
Does a state have the right to attack or intervene in another country that has not attacked said state, if the country has committed grave injustices or crimes against humanity?
always tough. Are we better off for having killed a bunch of Nazis? yes. Should we have sent troops into Rawanda? Well, not nearly as clear cut an answer for the nation.
Has knocking off Saddam and his evil progeny stopped lots of the suicide bombings in Israel? definitely.
As always it depends on the situation and the willingness of the country to bear the burden of the intervention. For example, I don't think letting a bunch of anti-Semitic fanatics in Iran to get nuclear weapons will make the world safer. But pretty obviously no one is going to stop them.
Are we witnessing the end of the American empire?
America has never had an empire like France and Britain and all those 18th and 19th century empires. America seems to have gotten really fat and lazy. Our President says its "impossible" to protect our borders. This would be a surprise to someone like President Kennedy who got us to the moon based on just our will.
Why did the economies of communist countries fail?
central planning of economies doesn't work. The market works.
Do you actively or economically collaborate with any social organization, NGO, etc.?
I support the Club for Growth in their work to rid the Republican party of RINOs and other tax-fattened hyenas.
Do you believe in any of the conspiracy theories regarding 9-11?
no. any more than I believe there was more than 1 assassin who killed Kennedy.
Are there too many taxes?
name 1 thing that isn't taxed. Water, electricity, everything you buy, everything you eat, everything you read - and most are taxed multiple times. No government should be able to take more than 10% of a man's sweat. If that's enough for God, its enough for government
Should a maximum limit of permissible personal fortune exist; and thereby, place limits on individual wealth?
And who decides? some government bureaucrat? somebody who has less than I do?
Do you defend the ecotaxes?
the self-hating eco-freaks aren't happy making themselves miserable - they have to try and bring all of us into their misery too. If they want to use bark as toliet paper, fine. But don't think I'm going to be taxed to pay for your idiocy.
Should consensual offenses such as drug use or prostitution be legalized?
only if these consensual users are confined so some "drug and prostitution" zone where there is no other police or health or any other support. They want to kill themselves, fine. But I'm not going to pay to support them to do it.
Are you pro-choice or pro-life?
Are you in favor of or against the death penalty?
What significant changes do you think Obama can bring about along his presidential term?
A Republican Congress
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