For some time, I’ve enjoyed going to Political Irony for a compilation of political humor – lines from late night teevee, newspaper cartoons, internet cartoons – fun stuff. Just now I checked out the blogger his/herself at the ‘about’ page and found this, which transcends the stereotypes of political positions we are all so fond of and which tracks my own beleifs pretty well.
Q: What is your position on typical hot political issues?
A: I am strongly in favor of a single-payer health insurance systems; I’ve lived in several countries that have them and have seen the benefits firsthand. Single payer would save tremendous amounts of money, improve the economy, and save lives.
I think people have the right to own guns, absolutely. But I also think that government should ensure public safety by requiring gun safety training. (I’m not totally with him on this one. I don’t think the right is absolute – I think government has an obligation to register and license and to limit the types of guns individuals can purchase.)
I am pro-choice. I am against abortion, but believe it is absolutely none of the government’s business.
I am strongly in favor of allowing same sex couples to marry, but that constitutionally it is an issue to be decided by the states. However, marriages in one state must be recognized by all other states.
I believe in the separation of church and state. For example, each church has the right to decide if they want to perform marriages for same sex couples. But I also believe that giving tax breaks to churches violates the constitution. At the very least, even if you do give tax breaks for church donations and for the church building itself, businesses owned by churches should be fully taxable. Otherwise you are asking taxpayers to subsidize organized religion, which is hardly a separation of church and state.
I think we should end the embargo on Cuba and start to normalize relations with them. Government has no right to tell me not to visit Cuba, or anywhere else.
I think all recreational drugs should be decriminalized and taxed, just like we do with alcohol and tobacco.
I think software patents are wrong, and that copyrights should be limited.
I think giving corporations the rights of people (but none of the responsibilities) was a huge mistake from which we may never recover. The [most recent] Supreme Court ruling that corporations can spend unlimited amounts on political speech is deeply flawed.