Because of the recent election and a few recent conversations I've had with family members, I decided to clearly state my opinions on matters of politics. The websites of those running for office inspired my format here. While I may seem to declare my opinion with certainty here, on some of these issues I'm still trying to weigh and consider:
Abortion: Legal only in cases of rape, incest, when the life of the woman is threatened, or when the baby has severe defects that would make its survival outside the womb impossible. I understand that any system like this rests on the honesty of the woman seeking the abortion and is near impossible to enforce, but it's the only policy that reflects my personal views.
Affirmative Action: No, but in education some additional consideration to first-generation college applicants, regardless of race.
Capital Punishment: No
Economy: No more government bailouts—-in my opinion, they are ineffective in bringing an end to the recession, not to mention costly.
Education: Steer away from standardized tests; instead, increase teacher’s salaries to make the job more competitive, attracting young professionals to this ailing market.
Environment: I support the expansion of public transportation, the reduction of industrial pollutants, the pursuit of cleaner forms of energy, and the preservation of American wildernesses.
Gun policy: Keep guns legal, but regulated.
Immigration: I imagine a system of fewer restriction, one not based on quota by foreign country. We should set illegal immigrants already living in the United States, especially those with dependents, on a path to citizenship.
Health Care: Universal health care run by local or individual state governments.
Iraq War: I'm saddened that we invaded because of faulty intelligence and desire a swift return of government and military control to the Iraqis.
Marijuana: Maintain its illegality, but mete out lighter sentences for possession.
Prison: Refocus on rehabilitation, not punishment; lower recidivism rate, not maximum sentencing.
Space program: Renewed funding; eventual goal being a manned mission to Mars.
Taxes: An across-the-board taxation of income (take-home pay).
War in Afghanistan: I support it as a war to end Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and bring justice to the individuals and organization responsible for 9/11.