Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Politics, briefly

Ahh, it's that time of year again. The time of year when politics becomes the topic of discussion in so many circles, both professional and personal.

It drives me crazy when people assume that because I'm a member of "The Media" I'm automatically a "bleeding heart liberal." It happens ALL the time and actually, I find it quite offensive.

Sure, I used to be very liberal, once a long time ago when I was in college and an active member of the NORML organization. Very active. Back when I was an idealist and thought every one should be given a government hand out if they didn't have a job and needed some help. I was all for government programs to help the needy. I've spent far too long in this business and seen far too many "needy" who really aren't to believe that to be true any more.

Today, I am very much against government interference, regulations and programs. We don't need MORE government, we need about 99% LESS government. Communities, churches, non-profits and family should help their neediest members, not the government.

That might make me a conservative. But I'm not. There are too many stances conservatives take that I cannot agree with.

Really, I would classify myself as a libertarian conservative. Not quite conservative, not quite liberal. Libertarians believe in personal liberty and small government.

I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

I am a member of the Green Party. So, maybe the Green Party is a little bit liberal, but the party emphasizes small government and encourages non-hierarchical participatory democracy, something we haven't had in this country for decades. Social justice and equal opportunity are Green Party values. Note: social JUSTICE, not government handouts. Big difference.

That's enough politics. I just needed to get it off my chest because I am SO sick and tired of people assuming they know my political values strictly based on the career I chose.


amy said...

Ahhhh, won't mum be proud to know she raised both of her dear daughters to lean more towards the Green Party than to either party that has a chance in the presidential election. Stupid two party system. Poor mom! I can imagine her shaking her head thinking "where did I go wrong??"
At least we aren't a socialist state yet, but give it another generation. Did you know the current teen generation is the most volunteerism-oriented generation ever? Yup. Bye bye Republic, hello Socialism!
Just some fuel for your blog friends, because POLITICS NEVER ENDS. Muahahahahaha! It keeps going on and on and even when you say "Enough Already!", some punk (that would be me right now, cool) keeps blabbering about it!
Ok. I'm done now.

Adam said...

Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. The term is generally applied to behavior within civil governments, but politics has been observed in all human group interactions, including corporate, academic, and religious institutions.


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Anonymous said...

I agree about government handouts & otherwise being involved in our lives in ways the Constitution doesn't come close to mentioning (depending on who's doing the interpretating, of course....) Long Live the Libertarians!!

- Owl