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I believe that all politics are local. If you want to effect change, you are not going to see it by starting an anti-Palin group on Facebook. You are going to see it by knocking on some doors and having some conversations.

I believe abortion is wrong, but I fear for outlawing it – wholly and inclusively – without a deliberate and paced process that seeks to educate and to shift the emphasis of women’s rights to glass ceilings, maternity and childcare rights, and protection against domestic violence.

I am pro socialized medicine, as long as it is a system that is built slowly and smartly, which could take decades. Any professor of sociology will tell you that systems that are overhauled too quickly will crumble just as quickly, i.e. look at the USSR.

I believe the children of undocumented immigrants are not at fault and that they should be educated and naturalized, using public resources if necessary. Don’t educate them and they become an even greater burden to society. The money that could have been expended on their educations will inevitably be spent on their defense, their incarceration when they cannot find jobs and turn to lives of crime.

I was not opposed to going to war with Iraq. The Hussein family were raping and pillaging their own countrymen; they are sociopaths. I was opposed, however, to the timing of our hasty war and to the fact that the US has no concept of geography, had no exit strategy, and still has very little of the same.

I am not opposed to gay marriage. I am opposed to homosexuals becoming a “protected class” – protected by the government on all accounts – such that doctors who would be betraying religious conviction are forced to inseminate homosexuals or face prosecution.

I do not believe it is the business of government to deny religious freedoms. If, for example, governments at the state and the national level enact blue laws, that is, Sunday laws where businesses are barred from doing business on Sunday, and Sunday becomes the national day of worship, it *is* the business of government to protect those that do not share these practices, that are discriminated against for keeping sabbath on Saturday. But in general, I am for the separation of church and state.

I believe prison is no place for drug addicts. I believe the justice system is racist, favors the wealthy, does little to rehabilitate criminals. I believe poverty is not a cause for violence and addiction, but I believe that violence and addiction are viruses that stem from the bacteria of poverty, and that no one wants to be poor. I believe a society where people have resources to overcome poverty is one that can prosper, and that is what true prosperity is to me.

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  • Kendra, I appreciated your comment. Thank you for leaving it for me. I apologize if I offended you with my post. It is honestly how I feel though. I realize that a lot of people are becoming very self righteous and lashing out at Christians who voted for Obama, questioning their faith, even going so far as to call Obama the antichrist. I didn’t want to come across that way at all. I respect you, even if I don’t agree with your decision. We all have our reasons for making the decisions we did. I may not be able to understand, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect you. I certainly didn’t want to be one to continually gripe and complain about our new president. I just needed to get that off my chest. I certainly don’t plan on making posts like that on a regular basis. I agree that there is nothing we can do about it now, and should make the best of it. I need to humble myself and pray for Obama more as well as our nation. The Bible instructs us to pray our leaders, and I guess I was so disturbed by the fact that he won, that the thought of praying for him never entered my mind. Many people mentioned praying for him and his family on their sites and I was convicted by it.

    I was surprised by what you said about Fox News. My husband and I usually watch the O’Reilly factor and find that he gives pretty balanced coverage. He always invites people from both sides of the issue to come on. I’ve never heard loads of stories that revolve around sex. I’m not saying they don’t, that just hasn’t been my experience.

    Anyway, I hope that you don’t think less of me. I consider you a sweet friend on Xanga. 🙂

    Take care! Loved the pic of you and your precious girl on voting day.

    -Sharon

  • ellen

    I couldn’t have espoused my beliefs any better! Except for the pro war statement… but anyhoo… I esp. liked this quote “I believe that violence and addiction are viruses that stem from the bacteria of poverty,” and might I add… broken, abusive, apathetic, loveless families and the negative movies and programs on tv/cable our future generation is exposing themselves to.

    And your opening statement.. beautiful! Just beautiful!