Abortion

Abortion

44: ABORTION: While I personally

have not had one and am grateful I was never in a situation where I would have to make such a difficult choice. I staunchly defend a woman's right

to choose what happens to her body. People, who seek to prevent a woman from having an abortion if she makes that decision, have basically decided that

they have the right to force motherhood on her. That to me is akin to slavery. Having been pregnant I can attest to just how much it takes from a body,

and to force that on someone who is not ready for that commitment, let alone the commitment of raising the child, is cruel. To be pregnant is to give up

your body and your life to another person (your baby). If you are not ready, or not in a financial situation to handle this, etc, it can be a

devastating blow from which a woman and her family might never recover. The wonderful part of living in the modern world is that we have the ability to

plan when and if to have a family. Abortion is a tool of last resort in our ability to plan our families, but a necessary one. Planning is central to

financial health. No one has a right to interfere with the decisions that a woman makes on behalf of herself and her family.


See also Essays in My thoughts

My Choice

Choice is Key

Legalization of Drugs

Legalization of Drugs

48: LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS

Legalization only if it includes regulation. Some drugs, like marijuana, should be regulated at the same level that nicotine and alcohol are. Other

currently illegal drugs should be legalized with stricter regulations, such as prescriptions etc. It is cheaper to regulate the to

litigate.

Abortion

Abortion

44: ABORTION: While I personally

have not had one and am grateful I was never in a situation where I would have to make such a difficult choice. I staunchly defend a woman's right

to choose what happens to her body. People, who seek to prevent a woman from having an abortion if she makes that decision, have basically decided that

they have the right to force motherhood on her. That to me is akin to slavery. Having been pregnant I can attest to just how much it takes from a body,

and to force that on someone who is not ready for that commitment, let alone the commitment of raising the child, is cruel. To be pregnant is to give up

your body and your life to another person (your baby). If you are not ready, or not in a financial situation to handle this, etc, it can be a

devastating blow from which a woman and her family might never recover. The wonderful part of living in the modern world is that we have the ability to

plan when and if to have a family. Abortion is a tool of last resort in our ability to plan our families, but a necessary one. Planning is central to

financial health. No one has a right to interfere with the decisions that a woman makes on behalf of herself and her family.


See also Essays in My thoughts

My Choice

Choice is Key

Gay Rights

Gay Marriage

45: GAY MARRIAGE Despite

religious claims to the contrary. Marriage is a secular institution regulated by the state (not the church.) It didn't use to be that way, but it is

now. As a secular institution, marriage is essentially a legal contract between 2 individuals who have agreed to form a financial partnership and not

sleep with anyone else. If our partner fails to live up to the terms of this contract, we have the legal right to sue them for breech of contract. I can

see no legitimate reason for the state to arbitrarily prohibit 2 people from entering into such a contract. I am in support of gay marriage and think

that people who oppose such unions are bigots. Getting married was the best thing I have ever done. And, I can't imagine preventing people from

enjoying the many benefits that a legal marriage provides to a relationship. That being said, if any church is opposed to gay marriage for religious

reasons, I would support their right to not perform such unions. But I can see no reason why we should allow people with such religious views prevent

people who don't share their religious views from entering into such a civil contract. Freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom to force your

religion on others. Another way to explain this conflict is to imagine that there is a religion out there that says marriage is a sacred institution

between 2 men. If we prevent 2 men from entering into marriage, then we are we are prohibiting their free exercise of religion. This is why it is

inappropriate to legislate based on religious beliefs. It always causes religious discrimination, which is prohibited by our bill of rights.

Race Relations

Race Relations

46: RACE RELATIONS

(INCLUDING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND INTERRACIAL DATING/MARRIAGE) We still have way too many bigots in our country, in all the races. As my father always

said, no group corner's the market on stupidity. I have dated interracially on several occasions. And see no problem with it. Then again, I did go

to college in Hawaii, where hapas are the most desired individuals and so, people seek interracial relationships in order for their kids to be hapa.

Being a Humanist, my primary affiliation is with the Human family. I don't subscribe to any tribal affiliations (race being a type of tribal

affiliation). Imagine what the world would be like if our first affiliation was as humans, or as earthlings, and not just Americans, or

whatever.


For further information –  see my essay on this topic:

As

If

The Death Penalty

Death Penalty

47: THE DEATH PENALTY I

am opposed to the death penalty and view it as a human rights abuse. It is time for us to abolish this barbaric practice and join the civilized world.

At the minimum, we should stop executing juvenile offenders and make good on the promises made in the International Convention on the Rights of the

Child.

Gun Control

Gun Control

49: GUN CONTROL I am for it, there

should be more of it. If you have a legitimate use for a gun, you have no problem waiting for a proper background check. Additionally, there are weapons

that should be more closely regulated, and tracked.

Immigration

Immigration

50: IMMIGRATION: I agree with

Thomas Jefferson on this. I don't believe that there should be restrictions on where people live and make their living. If there are jobs in one

country and not in another, people should be free to immigrate. Preventing migration through limits and other criteria prohibits people from competing

in the global marketplace. I view the current international prohibitions on immigration to be in direct violation of Article 13 Section 2 of the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: " Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his

country. And, Article 15 Section 2 "No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality, nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Preventing immigration causes immense suffering. The biggest example of this is China preventing North Koreans from crossing the border. The food

situation is so desolate in North Korea that human flesh has entered the market. Yet, there is plenty of food across the border in China. But China is

preventing people from coming across the border. Their concern is legitimate, because the influx that would come over it China allowed it, would put a

strain on the existing social support network. Any society has problems integrating large numbers of people. Until work can be secured, they are

completely dependant on the welfare of others. This is the same whether it is North Koreans entering China or Georgians entering Florida. Yet, Georgians

are free to move to any state in the union to seek better conditions, but North Koreans are not. A whole new view of this issue needs to be

adopted.

The Environment

Environment

51: THE ENVIRONMENT: A

healthy environment is necessary to human health. We cannot be separated from the ecosystem that supports us, and like all organisms, by living, we make

our habitat uninhabitable. However, because we are humans and have the capacity and the unique ability to alter our environment and if we put our mind

to it, we will be able to beat the system so to speak. This will only be accomplished if the majority of the humans agree that it is necessary for our

survival and therefore an economic necessity. Belief systems that deny evolution, and think that god favors humans above other species (ie: human

superiority), are the main problem in moving forward with true environmental reform.

The Economy

The Economy

52: THE ECONOMY: Read Das

Kapital: from Marx and "The Road to Serfdom" by FA Hayuk, add "The Mystery of Capital" by Desoto, and you will know exactly how I

think an economy should be run. Additionally, I believe that the markets and business environment in this country react to tone set by the

CEO/President. If the president is optimistic, the market is. If the president is pessimistic (as W is), the markets are

pessimistic.


See book in progress – dialectic between Marx and Hayek

For a preview – see essay: