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May. 10th, 2005 | 11:26 pm
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posted by: rose_for_emily in philobate

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name: Ashley
age: 17
from: California, near Bakersfield
found us: On the community promo.
promoted us: (not required, but appreciated)
-some opinions-
in general, liberal or conservative: I am a moderate conservative. Basically, I agree with most conservative policies, but there are a few (like some of the topics below) that I absolutely do not support.

abortion: I do not think there should be a federal or state law regarding abortion in any trimester. I believe it has no right or wrong answer, and should not be forced one way or the other any more than religion should be. Personally I do not think I could ever get one, but I would not condemn people for it. Accidents happen and if somebody truly belives a fetus is simply a parasite or feels that there is no way to support it, they should have the option of abortion. It is unfair to throw a child into an orphanage just because they have an unfit parent. In an ideal world, adoptive parents would always be available and arrangments would be made before a child is born so abortion would be unnecessary, but as it is, I really feel that some people should not have children.

gay rights: Homosexuals do not bother me in any way, nor does their sexuality have any effect on my life. They should have every right to share their life, personally and legally, with eachother. However, I am against homosexual unions being called marriages unless they are handled properly. Not because I believe marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman, but because, traditionally, marriage implies the union took place in a church setting of some sort (you know, minister, priest, rabbai, etc.). Personally, I think unions should only be addressed as marriages when done with a religious thought of some sort, but it would be way too complicated and change centuries worth of terminology. So I guess if it is a legal union it might as well be called a marriage.

war: It is necessary sometimes. I happen to agree with the War in Iraq. It is better to get Hussein out of power now rather than later. I realize we were either lied to or that Saddaam is very clever and managed to hide the weapons in Syria or some such place, but I honestly think in the long run everybodywill be far better off. I believe in spreading Democracy even if it is imperialistic. If you ahave the power and means to assert yourself, you might as well take advantage.

george w. bush: Liberals get him wrong. If what they believe is right, that it is his fault we are so far in debt, the entire War on Iraq is a scandal, and that he single handedly sunk our economy, he is a lot smarter than they want to believe. I mean, seriously, there are three branches of government for a reason. He is doing what he feels is right and clearly is backed by a lot of Americans or we would not have a conservative majority in the house. Maybe he planned that part too (hah...yeah right). Well, that would just lend to his intelligence. If Americans really do not want the Republicans running things, then the liberal parties must not be voting for their congressmen.

the national debt, tax cuts, etc: We have been in proportionally worse debt before, so I am confident it will get paid off if the men upstairs would stop cutting taxes. I think that we have to expect to pay a little bit more seeing as we are responsible for everything that is putting us in debt. That is the beauty of democracy. We citizens have obviously done nothing to stop the government from spending so much because the same people are still in office. According to those representatives we wanted to get into three wars at once and we also want to keep paying the impoverished welfare.

racial stereotyping: What does skin color have to do with potential? The only reason the stereotypes are true at all is because it is natural act a certain way to fit in with our peers. We feel protected that way. By stereotyping we tell people how to act if they want to fit in with their peers and, while a few strong minds will rise above it, some succumb to the peer pressure.

death penalty: An eye for an eye, I say. I wish it was a bit more torturous. Although it should only be used in cases where there is absolutely no doubt that the person is guilty. I'm talking written confession and hardcore physical, maybe even photographic evidence of guilt.

stem cell research: Is necesary. Seeing as only a small percentage actually come from aborted fetuses that is not the issue. The issue is developing technology that can cure hundreds of ailments. THe end definately justifies the means as long as the end does not mean super prolonged life. It would be great to cure cancer or have every grandparent remember his grandchild because alzheimers is a thing of the past, but we already live too long.

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Sasha

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from: magicflyingpig
date: May. 11th, 2005 10:34 am (UTC)
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welcome!

actually, marriage is not always through a church. our goverment is set up so any "justice of the peace" can marry two people. a justice of the peace could be a priest, rabbi, minister or just another person (i think they have to do something to get the title.) my parents were not married in a church, but they have the same legal marriage as anyone else.

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Emily

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from: sometimeafter
date: May. 11th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
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i kind of agree with both of you. this is my complete stand on gay (and straight) marraige:

a) everyone should be allowed to get a civil union
b) everyone should be allowed to (try) to get married

what i mean by that is that to have legal rights as a couple, they need to get a civil union. that'd be what we call, nowadays, a "marraige certificate". then if they want to actually say that they are "married" well they can go to their priest or rabbi or whatever and see if they'll do it. if the priest refuses to perform a marraige on a gay couple... well i guess they don't have the kind of priest they want, eh?

my reasoning behind this is simply because we need separation of church and state. since a marraige is a religious ceremony, it should have no legal meaning whatsoever. although i guess it's good for married couples to have legal rights; so to be recognized as a couple in the LAW'S eye, they should get civil unions (for taxes, health insurance, etc, etc).

i don't know if anyone really wanted to hear that but that's my full-out complete and total opinion on the matter.

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Emily

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from: sometimeafter
date: May. 11th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
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oh yes, and, welcome ashley! may i enquire as to the meaning behind your username? (my name happens to be emily, so it's quite intriguing)

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rose_for_emily

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from: rose_for_emily
date: May. 12th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
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yes. i have that same only half there problem, but you guys did my thinking for me so good job!

anyway...my name is bothe the neam of one of my favorite songs done by the Zombies and the title of my favorite short story. i found it to be and odd coincidence that I enjoyed both immensely so the neame just sort of stuck in my brain.

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Sasha

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from: magicflyingpig
date: May. 11th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
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i shouldn't respond at early hours of the morning. i skip 1/2 my thoughts.

anyway, i agree with you. the way things really should be, in my opinion, is basically as you describe.
1) civil unions for anyone who wants the legal status of a couple. i don't think this should come w/ the typical marriage benefits, like tax cuts though. that basically discriminates against single people. i think civil unions should just make it official so that its clear who make decisions after you die etc. anyone should be able to get a civil union.
2) marriage should not be legal. it could be through a church, or just 2 people having a celebration of their love, what marriage means to those people.
but since that isn't how our laws are right now, marriage is a legal union of 2 people (sex is debatable...) that can be through a church or any other justice of the peace.

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Emily

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from: sometimeafter
date: May. 13th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
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i've never really thought about it, but i guess things like tax cuts and stuff is kinda discriminating against single people. however, a lot of couples (married or not, but usually married) put their incomes together and do stuff that way instead of having two separate incomes for themselves, so i understand the need to do taxes together. in THAT respect, a civil union should cover the topic of taxes. but no discriminating against single people, that's ridiculous lol.

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Sasha

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from: magicflyingpig
date: May. 14th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
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yes of course things like joint accounts etc.

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sayonara_de

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from: sayonara_de
date: May. 13th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
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It's nice to see another conservative at last. :]

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Emily

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from: sometimeafter
date: May. 13th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
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not that i am one (at all), but i agree. diversity ROCKS!! 8-)

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starflier5

One Thing at a Time +6 -2

from: starflier5
date: May. 14th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
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- - - Wow, that stance on abortion makes me feel a bit sick. I am 34 weeks pregnant (my son is due on June 23), and I can't tell you how many people have tried to talk me into getting an abortion. I felt him moving when I was in my second trimester. I could never THINK of getting an abortion though I really don't have the money to support a child, I live with 2 roommates, I don't even have a car, and I am still so very young. People must realize that there are consequences to their actions, and you can't just murder a baby and throw it away because you "made a mistake". The real mistake is in the bad decision that follows the unplanned child. The bottom line is, how would you feel if your best friend wasn't around because their parents decided to kill them and throw them in the trash?! We don't even treat prisoners that way, whether we like them or not. Evey child needs a chance. I know a few orphans who are working wonders with their lives.

+ + + I agree that gays for all practical purposes should be allowed to be "unified" but not married. Marriage is a sacred religious ceremony. I also believe that gays should not be allowed to adopt children. A child NEEDS a mother and a father.

+ + + War is always necessary, for two reasons: to defend your land/beliefs/people, or to acquire more land/goods. The war in Iraq is perfectly okay. The world is safer now that that scum Hussein is out of power, whether he W. of M. D. or not. He was an atrocious man and I am glad to see him behind bars.

+ + + Yeah a bush fan!!!

+ + + Taxes suck, but it is a small price to pay for the luxurious lives us Americans usually take for granted.

+ + + People will alway either love or make fun of what is different.

- - - Have to disagree with you on the death penalty. Humans do not have the right to judge another. I could never pull the switch or inject the needle myself, so why would a allow someone else to. It simply isn't fair, and the person does not get a thorough punishment. Sitting and rotting in jail is a much better punishment. Imagine it - an 8 by 6 barred box, with a bucket to do your duty in, a horrible bed, nasty food, never ending noise, an hour of daylight a day, a cell mate named Bubba, and a lifetime of being trapped in your own head. That sounds worse than just simply never waking up.

+ + + I wouldn't take the stem cells from aborted fetuses, but from the cord blood of live children. Parents now have the option to "bank" their baby's umbilical cord blood, allowing a perfect stem cell match for the child and most family members. Some could be donated or bought.

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rose_for_emily

Re: One Thing at a Time +6 -2

from: rose_for_emily
date: May. 19th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
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congratulations on the baby. you seem like a fit mother who will actually want her baby, and that is wonderful. all i mean is that there should be no law against abortion. i do not support the act, but i can see where some people come from by getting one. they feel it is better to spare the child from emotionally unprepared parents and the pain they believe will come from foster care. It really is sad, but just like religion and science, everybody will never agree. sorry if i came off harsh or anything. it was lae and i tend to be on the blunt and exaggerated side. gets me into trouble. a lot.

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