On most issues, I am very liberal:
- I am very, very pro-choice - pro-abortion, even - prior to viability of the fetus (unlike many pro-choicers, I honestly don't see the problem with abortions prior to viability, and do not see them as particularly regrettable or unfortunate - I'd have one myself without a second thought if I were to get pregnant). After viability of the fetus, however, I feel that abortions should only be allowed if the fetus is discovered to be seriously disabled to the degree that it would only suffer terribly (I am NOT talking about finding out that a fetus has down's syndrome or something, I mean something very serious), or if the abortion is necessary to save the mother's life.
- I'm wholeheartedly support gay marriage (and equal rights for everyone, for that matter).
- I do not believe that religion should have ANY influence in creating laws, nor do I think it has any place in public schools, government, etc. - I feel its presence is appropriate only in private homes and places of worship.
- I am very, very anti-Iraq war, and am anti-war in general (though at the end of the day, I do believe that a country has the right to defend itself against a direct attack, however, I feel that war should be seen, even then, as a last resort, and NEVER treated with the sick attitude of 'rah, rah, let's go smoke some Ay-rabs, woooo!' that I've seen, but as a sad, unfortunate necessity).
- I consider myself a liberal feminist - I believe that all people should be treated equally and be able to make choices about what to do with their lives (what career to pursue, for example), etc. without discrimination based on gender.
- I am anti-guns - I do not believe that any good can come of private citizens owning weapons, and I do not think that anyone besides law enforcement officials has any business owning them.
- I support universal healthcare and am completely against privatisation of any kind.
- I am pro-animal rights. I am not an extemist of the PETA sort - I do not believe that animals should have rights equal to those of human beings, or that owning domestic animals as pets is wrong, nor am I a vegan - I have no problem eating eggs or drinking milk as long as the animals who produced them were treated humanely, but I feel strongly that animals should be treated with respect and dignity and allowed to live a life free of pain or suffering, that is suitable to their species, and that they should NOT be killed other than for humane reasons. I am a vegetarian and anti-hunting (unless you're an African tribesperson or something, and absolutely must kill animals to survive).
- I am against the death penalty.
-ethnocentrism and jingoism infuriate and sicken me, and I strongly believe in international cooperation and consensus.
I do have a few conservative issues, though:
- Crime - while I don't agree with the death penalty, I am all about locking up violent offenders and throwing away the key - it doesn't matter to me whether a violent offender *can* be rehabilitated, rather, if someone has committed a violent crime and was not out of their mind or unable to understand their actions (if you're a paranoid schizophrenic who was having a psychotic episode, or are mentally challenged to the degree that you're unable to understand right from wrong, or something along those lines, then that's a different story), then I believe that person deserves to rot in jail without any luxuries of any kind for a long, long time, if not forever, and does not *deserve* to be rehabilitated whether or not they *could* be rehabilitated or not.
- Welfare - I feel the guidelines for who can receive it should be MUCH stricter, and that there should be stipualtions attached (bettering yourself via education or training) and a reasonably short time limit for how long a person can receive it - also, I don't believe that breeding and then going on welfare to support yourself should be an option - it really upsets me to hear women who are pregnant say that they just can't bear the idea of having an abortion or putting the baby up for adoption, so they'll just go on welfare and keep it - IMO pay to raise it yourself, have an abortion or give it up for adoption should be the ONLY options - the government should not be paying for peoples' lifestyle choices. (I'm only referring to physically and mentally healthy people with the above, mind you - I believe that disability benefits should be *easier* for people who are ill, physically or mentally, to get, so that these people don't have to go on welfare).
- Some womens'/family 'rights' - I do not support the year-long paid maternity leave - while I believe, as I said above, that women should be able to chose what to do with their lives, whether that be working or staying home to raise children, and while I believe that both of these are valid choices, I do NOT think that women should be able to have their cake and eat it too on the governments' dime - want to have a career? Great. Want to have kids? Great. Want to do both and figure out how to do this on your own without expecting the governments'/your employers' handouts - also great. But wanting a career, and also wanting a baby, and then expecting to be able to stay home for a whole year and still be paid, and also expecting to receive other special privileges and concessions at work in order to make the situation workable? Not good in my opinion. Also, I do not think that we need 'affordable daycare' - I think that we need people who can't afford daycare not to breed.