Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Opposing Political Views

I have been thinking quite a lot about politics lately. This election was the first time I voted where my candidate didn't win the election. Of course, I was not seriously entertaining the possibility of Chuck Baldwin winning, but I must vote my principles regardless.

Obama won... But you already knew that. And he is a man whose political stance stands quite nearly diametric to my own. Obama is beyond liberal, he is very nearly a full-on Socialist.

Anyway, it got me thinking about if there are any of the opposing political party's stances I agree with. Being a Republican (until I can get to the courthouse to change it to independent or Constitution Party), the opposing party is, of course, the Democratic Party. In my thinking, I have come up with 6 issues where I can jive somewhat with liberal politics.

  1. I am opposed to the death penalty. Why? I get it from the Bible. Read St. John 8:3-11. One day I was thinking about this scene when it hit me. The Pharisees were right. According to Mosaic Law, which was national law at the time, the woman's penalty was death. Christ essentially circumvented the whole Israeli Justice System. But don't think me completely in line with liberal thought on this issue. I believe prisons should be rat-infested dungeons, not four-star hotels. Why am I against corporal punishment? People who commit crimes forfeit their freedom and liberty, but not their life.
  2. Socialism, or the equal distribution of resources, is by its very nature a better system than Capitalism. Yet I am a Capitalist because I believe Socialism suffers from a fatal flaw. It must have a mediator. Now, is there anyone in this world you would trust to fairly distribute wealth and other resources? I cannot think of anyone I would even remotely trust with this. So I am a Capitalist, imperfect system though it may be, in spite of believing Socialism a better system.
  3. When a doctor sounds competent in diagnosing a problem, is increases our confidence in his prescribed treatment. So it is with Karl Marx. I have read The Communist Manifesto, and I found that I agreed with him in nearly all his critical points against Capitalism. In other words, he diagnosed the problem brilliantly. Where we diagree is in his prescribed treatment. Socialism, and certainly Communism, cannot be a viable alternative to Capitalism.
  4. I believe the presence of social classes is ultimately detrimental to society. Simply because it represents demographics of people absorbing more than their fair share of this earth's resources, while other demographics suffer want for resources. I don't believe social engineering and government programming will remedy this, so I don't completely fall in-line with the liberal politicians on this issue either. Again, as with #3, I think it is a good diagnosis, but bad treatment.
  5. I have never been big on "government programs", but I do believe agree that taxpayer money should be used to maintain the welfare of the retired and the sincerely disabled. I cannot see where such an issue as this can even be debated.
  6. I think Conservatives are too quick to cut Liberal Arts from the classrooms when money gets a little tight. I have no problem with academic and technical education. But it is the Liberal Arts that pours the salt on academia and technology. Without imagination, what good is all the academia and technology going to be. Academia will tell you how to write, but the arts inspires us to write.
In the grand scheme, I am still a true-blue conservative. But it isn't because I believe liberal politics is without some merit. I do not believe liberal politics is viable. Either way, what I believe is of little value, as it would seem that liberal politics is on cue to be implemented across the board without any resistance from conservative influences. John McCain proved that today's Republican Party is no longer the party of Conservatives.

The Constitution Party, however... Well, let me give you a line from their preamble...

"The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States."

That sounds to me like a wonderful start.

In short, the more I study political science, the more I am convinced we need a viable third party that fully understands both the United States Constitution and is willing to revert back to the old Conservative values. The Constitution Party, being the third largest political party in the United States, seems to stand for that very fact.

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