I’m a moderate with conservative leanings. Meaning, I think both sides are fucked up, but I hold the Constitution sacred and it’s important to weigh all new laws against the wording of that document, and when in doubt, err on the side of liberty.
Separation of Church and State: It’s hard to separate religion from politics when the politicians rule with their dogma and fail to uphold the Constitution. The laws of this country are to protect the freedoms of the individual, even if they go against the morals of those making the laws. Morals are not always shared by everyone, ethics are a greater common denominator than morals are, IMO.
Gun Control: Use both hands. We already have laws on the books, use them. There’s no point in making more laws, when the current ones aren’t fully enforced. The AWB was stupid, I’m glad it sunset. Oh yes, I support the NRA.
Abortion: Medical procedures are between a Dr. and his/her patient. An abortion is a medical procedure, the State does not have the right to dictate what medical procedures can or cannot be used, unless there is a safer and equally effective procedure. Abortion is not a means of birth control, and those who use it as such will reap the consequences of that choice. It is an unnatural procedure and eventually the body will react to it negatively. I would much prefer to see the use of the chemical abortions that mimic the actual birth instead of a procedure that violently removes the zygote/embryo/fetus.
Welfare: There are people who need it, and I have no issue with its existence outside the need to put a cap limit on it and include job training with continuing ed. In regards to those who wish to abuse it by continuing to have children to remain on welfare, or get more money… if it is determined that a woman, or couple, continues to have children that they cannot support the state should have a say in regards to those children, as it is supporting them and as such has the right to take them away.
Sex Ed: Not enough parents are giving their children the information needed to make informed decisions. The idea that if we don’t discuss it, it won’t happen is ignorant. I’d be less for Sex Ed in schools if parents were taking the responsibility that they should be taking. But as enough aren’t, schools have to supplement, and that includes information on how to utilize contraception (this goes back to the abortion stuff too). The idea that kids are going to remain chaste is nice, in theory, and some actually will. Those that do will probably have a greater knowledge base and be able to decide on whether or not they are ready to accept the consequences of having sex.
Military: Never have a smaller military capability than the largest military outside your own borders.
Drugs: Those that just give you the munchies, legalize them and treat it like alcohol. If you’re caught driving under the influence, ticket it. Those that make you thrash around like a fish out of water and beat the crap out of your girlfriend that you mistook for your couch, leave them illegal and bust those that sell. In the words of Marilyn Manson (as much as I can’t stand the guy) Drug abusers give drug users a bad rap.
Immigration: If you do it legally, I respect you. If you break the laws of this country to get here, you deserve to be sent home because you don’t deserve to be here. I believe in workers visas, and have no issues with people coming here just to work under those, I think we need heftier fines for those who hire illegals.
Health Care: For those who can’t afford it, I think a semi-socialized health care program could work. Or at least an affordable comprehensive program would be nice.
This is the start, if you all have any questions or want to know my position on things that I haven’t addressed here, ask. If I don’t have enough info on the subject, I’ll research and develop a base opinion and let you know.