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The Controversial Survey

What's the point of taking a stand on issues if you are afraid to tell people about your convictions?

So here it is:

1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?

2. Would you do meth if it was legal?
I already don't do tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco, and they *are* legal. It's legal to stick your hand into an Osterizer, too, but that doesn't mean it's a smart idea.

3. Abortion: for or against it.
On principle, against it, except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. If it can be determined beyond a doubt that a fetus is unviable, it could be justified. OTOH, that's *my* belief system, and two points need to be made: a) I don't have a uterus to be concerned about, so my opinion is more or less moot, and b) we must *never* allow the return of the back-alley abortionist, which is what drives my voting tendencies. It's a difficult issue. I believe in both the sanctity of life and also in freedom of conscience. For better or for worse, I tend to err (and vote) on the side of individual liberty.

4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
Ignorant question. Ireland is roaring along with one. Israel has been strong with both men and women. Madeline Albright was eminently qualified, and if you ask me, we've already had one in Eleanor Roosevelt. HRC certainly has the female equivalent of cojones for the job, but I feel like her personal background is too tainted with ethical questions for her to have been an effective populist leader. The time will come. But please, not Sarah Palin. She may be a great lady and a great mom, but clearly out of her league.

5. Do you believe in the death penalty?
In principle, yes. To deny it is to show disrespect for the ruined lives of the innocent. I think it should be re-instituted for rape, although I'm not naïve enough to think it will ever happen. Recent developments in DNA testing make me question if our legal system is capable of administering an irreversible penalty fairly. That's the problem when there's no room for an "oops" factor. I believe, however, that there are some crimes so heinous that a lifetime of incarceration is insufficient to pay for. If evidence is incontrovertible, the ultimate penalty brings more benefit to society than keeping one individual alive in a cage for decades.

6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
I know what it did to *my* brain over a very brief period in college, and the THC was much weaker back then. Why should I wish that on anyone else?

7. Are you for or against premarital sex?
My faith demands adherence to the law of chastity, which proscribes pre- and extramarital sex. Personally I think faithful, nuclear families are the healthiest places for both adults and children to live in. That's what I live by. What others do is certainly none of my beeswax on a personal level, although I could join in the debate about prices and benefits on a psychosocial level.

8. Do you believe in God?
No, I *know* God is real. In this, my faith is dormant.

9. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized
Yarg. A most distressing issue. I have GLBT relatives and friends whom I love dearly. What sort of person would I be to deny them the ultimate fulfillment they can obtain in life, I who advocate a world where everyone wins? On the other hand, the whole idea of same-sex relationships gives me fits, but I happen to be straight. GLBT people in my circle get the same heebie-jeebies when thinking of hetero relationships.

Again, I am guided by principles of my faith. If someone came to me for counsel who were questioning or seeking, I would certainly explore the benefits of what I see as the most personally and socially productive way of life and advise in that direction. If someone else came to me for advice from a place of "This is what I am, and I'm not happy," we would have an entirely different conversation focusing more on how the person could create maximum wins in life: i.e., "You're perfect just the way you are. What choices are you making on a daily basis that are holding you back, and what is moving you forward. What are the prices and benefits of those choices."

10. Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
Yes. The key word being illegally. It's plain our economy needs their labor, but their illegal status puts a drain on our social net without contributing anything back, and also leaves immigrants vulnerable to abuse. I advocate a program to build a legal guest-worker economy, without going so far as blanket amnesty, which would not be fair to those who are here legally.

11. A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
My feeling is that 12 is way too young.

12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
I think alcohol is responsible for more of our society's problems than people are willing to admit. I would support legislation to raise the legal age of adulthood - to drink, vote and to serve in the military - to 21 nationwide.

13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
I want our people home, now. But we put Iraq in the toilet, and somehow we need to leave them better than they were when we went in. We owe them that much.

14. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Yes. Life does not belong to us, but to God who gave it. That said, I know that *I* would forgive people who ended unbearable suffering... "and the Emperor is a much more forgiving man than I am," to twist a great quote. So I support keeping the ban in place, but have compassion for those who are driven by circumstances that I can not even conceive of to face that choice.

15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
I don't think I spanked my kids enough. They all turned out in the end, but I think I could have saved them some heartache along the way if I had been more assertive. My problem would have been in swinging to the opposite extreme, so it was probably the safest choice.

16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Old flags that are beyond repair are to be privately burned. Is that disrespectful? Do you know how much good I could do with a million dollars? In a heartbeat. It would diminish not one whit the love I have in my heart for my country, its emblem, or the people who died in its defense, willingly or unwillingly.

17. Who do you think would make a better president?
Once again our country has given us the choice of the evil of two lessers. "None of the above" would be my choice. I would vote for Romney, who seems unelectable at this point in time. I would vote for Powell, who has too much integrity to run. I would vote for a dozen other people, Democrat or Republican, who aren't even on the radar. At this point Obama seems to represent a safer, different choice than the debacle of the last 8 years, but I won't know until my finger is poised above the voting screen and I pray for the guidance of heaven.

18. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
People judge me every day. I'm only worried about not cheating the man in the glass.

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Sep. 30th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Sometimes a kid deserves a good slap. I did from time to time, I got them, and I like to think I'm doing all right.

Very well thought out answers :)
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
I don't agree with everything there, but I accept and respect every single point of view and understand (or believe I do) the reasoning behind them.

My trouble is that I have no problem answering any of those questions, and often the person asking them becomes horribly offended at my answers, so often I try (mostly unsuccessfully!) to keep them to myself.

Part of why I don't post on FF any more LOL! Often my opinions aren't appreciated, even when asked for!

Will do the meme shortly.
Sep. 30th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Atttributed to numerous sources as widely spread as Confucius and Brigham Young, the sentiment is still valid: "He who takes offense when none is intended is a fool. He who takes offense when offense was intended is a greater fool."

I would submit then, that you speak your heart and let others be responsible for their state of mind. Personal responsibility means no longer holding others responsible for the quality of one's own life.

There is no offense to be found in open and honest communication. Come back to FF, you're missed there.
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
I took it from Kilroy....
I doubt if my answers will provide enlightenment.....


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