Sociopolitical Views

Regular commentors are invited to share theirs. I’ll begin as an example.

Abortion: Pro-life. Abortion only in health emergencies or rape, incest etc.

American politics: Lean Conservative, not necessarily Republican.

Anthropogenic Global Warming: Skeptic.

Communism: Nice idea that really, really doesn’t work in the real world.

Economy: Free market with regulations to prevent unethical practices.

Energy: Fossil fuels now, gradual introduction of better technologies and renewable energy. Pet favourite is

Polywell clean fusion reactor. USA should drill for its own oil, stop buying it from terror-funders.

Environment & Animals: Humans first. Animals should be treated well, but have no rights per se.

Evolution: Middle ground. Transitional fossils meh, DNA link yeh. Still don’t see how macro-evolution could work.

Government size: Smaller, leaner government. Privatization is the way to go.

Gun rights: Gun ban in countries with few guns, concealed carry for countries already swimming in guns.

Homosexuality: Neutral on gay marriage. Believe homosexuality is prohibited by JudeoChristianity.

Immigration: Legal only, skills/qualification/dire needs based, no mass amnesty. Thousands are waiting patiently in legal line. If you broke the law to get in, you’re likely to break the law in other ways too.

Israel/Palestine: Two state solution. Hamas stops trying to kill Israelis, and Israel reciprocates.

Obama: Think he is inexperienced, egoistic, very very far left, doing a lousy job.

Religion/Philosophy: Protestant Christian.

Torture: Hawkish. Water in your nose is not torture, gouging our eyes as shown in Al Qaeda manuals is.

War on Terror/National Defense: Hawkish. Peace through strength. Military intervention to prevent genocide. Kill terrorists before they kill innocents (including Muslim


7 Responses to “Sociopolitical Views”

  1. topaz Says:

    So we are watching unfold a sort of Chicago-style Realpolitik, flavored with the traditional academic leftist disdain for the Jewish state. The subsequent result is not so much a cut-off of U.S. aid as a subtle shift in perception abroad: Israel’s multiple enemies now are almost giddy in sensing that America is not all that into protecting the Jewish state, intellectually or morally. And given the nature of the UN, given the power of oil, given endemic anti-Semitism, given the collapse of classical liberal thought in Europe (e.g., Britain was far more deferential to Libya in repatriating a supposedly “terminally ill” mass murderer to Tripoli than it is currently with Israel), and given the realpolitik amorality of Russian and Chinese foreign policy, the world as a whole can now far more easily step up its own natural pressure on Israel, at just the moment when it increasingly has no margin of error with a soon-to-be nuclear Iran.

    Once the U.S. blinks, the floodgates open — that is the real lesson from the incremental, but unmistakable shift in U.S.-Israeli relations. Like radical shifts in thinking about health care, energy use, and amnesty, so too abroad Obama realizes that the difficult process of “change,” in this case of becoming a neutral in the Middle East and deeming Israel’s democracy unexceptional in the region, will require all sorts of dissimulation, denials, clarifications, and acrimony. But ultimately, the end of “solving” the Middle East crisis will be seen as well worth the now unpleasant and often tawdry means of doing it.

  2. topaz Says:

    Barack Obama may bow to Saudi King Abdullah, but Binyamin Netanyahu does not, and the Saudis are not too pleased about that. One of the 15,000 or so Saudi princes has slammed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech for saying that Jerusalem isn’t a ‘settlement.’

    A Saudi official is also quoted as saying that his country expects clarification from the Quartet over “Israeli arrogance…defiance of international will as well as violation of all the international laws and legislations.”

  3. topaz Says:

    In the meantime, street posters like the one below have gone up all over Jerusalem.

    The poster on the right, which depicts an Arab Sheikh placing a medal (or is it a key) around Obama’s neck. The sign at the top says “Danger. PLO agent in the White House.”

    When the day comes that Obama needs to have the confidence of Israelis that he’ll do the right thing – whether for a peace agreement with the ‘Palestinians’ or for Israel to hold off on Iran and let the US handle it – that confidence is not and will not be there. Israelis may have regarded Obama with suspicion two or three years ago. Now it is with utter contempt.

  4. Mad Bluebird Says:

    You know your a liberal when you have a window sticker KEEP ABORTION LEGAL and bumper stickers SAVE THE REDWOODS,SAVE THE RAINFORESTS

  5. Pager Says:

    Radio Equalizer: In an unusually candid rant, MSNBC libtalker Ed Schultz tells radio listeners he believes the next “socialist” takeover by the government should be on all the radio airwaves.

  6. maan Says:

    Palestinian teenager reportedly killed by Israeli forces has returned home alive and well, his family said Friday.

    It turns out Al-Farmawi was among 17 Palestinians detained by Egyptian forces shortly after the infiltrated the Egyptian side of Rafah via one of Gaza’s numerous underground smuggling tunnels. The detainees, among them 12 minors, were returned to security forces at the border on Friday.

    Relatives expressed “overwhelming happiness” that their son was unharmed during the violence, our correspondent reported from Rafah.


  7. Joe Black Says:

    The way I see it the economy is about to hit a hard upturn. But FOX puts it out in the wrong way, we aren’t in socialism. But hampering the market further is just turning this into essentially a mixed economy, if you want to hear WSJ articles translated so everyone can understand them check out my website at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: