World’s smallest political quiz

Head on over to The World’s Smallest Political Quiz to see where you fit in on the political landscape. It’s very short and quite informative. Come back and let me know what you scored! My results follow.

According to your answers, the political group that agrees with you most is…

LIBERAL

Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal
matters, but tend to support significant government control of the
economy. They generally support a government-funded “safety net”
to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation
of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations,
defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action
to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

The red dot on the Chart shows where you fit on the political map.

liberal_chart

It would appear that I’m in pretty good company, since JFK was also a liberal.

Liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man’s ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.
– Sen. John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1960

Special thanks to JimT for telling me about this quiz.

My correspondence with Ron Paul about gay rights

My initial contact (sent May 31, 2007):

Dear Ron Paul,

As a gay man, I would really like to see you take a strong stance on gay rights as you have done with the war and immigration. I read that you are a libertarian and when I googled that term this is what I found:

Libertarianism is a political philosophy maintaining that all persons are the absolute owners of their own lives, and should be free to do whatever they wish with their persons or property, provided they allow others the same liberty and avoid abusing their liberty.

How can you NOT support gay rights and equality if you truly believe the above statement?

Sincerely,
Brian

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Response from campaign:

Dr. Paul voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, one of only a few Republicans to do so.

Thanks for contacting us,
[name removed]
Ron Paul 2008

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My response:

According to the research that I have done, Dr. Paul voted against the FMA only because he believes that federal law should not trump state law, not because he believes in protecting or expanding gay rights.

Sincerely,
Brian

I have not received a reply back from the Dr. Paul’s campaign. Here is an image of the email correspondence with the last names blocked out.

ron_paul_email

Interesting quotes about democracy

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.

Honey Corenk

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.

Art Spander

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

George Bernard Shaw

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

Sir Winston Churchill

Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

John Adams

Blogbits

Imagine Me & You – A very cute film I watched Monday night. I needed a break from 9/11 coverage, because it was just too depressing.

Politics – Enough politics for awhile (unless I read or hear something really interesting). I tend to get a little upset with the injustices in our political system, so I have to take a step back and relax.

Twinkie – He is getting fixed on Thursday. I can’t pick him up until Friday afternoon, and I’m afraid he will be scared being away from home.

Honey – He’s been helping his mom move into her new place, and hasn’t been around much for the last week. I miss him.