Who should be President and why?
@Alex "People use planned parenthood as an excuse to not act responsibly" That is not true. Planned parenthood allows underprivileged women the opportunity and resources to act responsibly. I have been going there for sexual health services for 7 years, since I was 18. They have provided me and thousands of other women with free cancer screening, STD testing, and free birth control. It is because of them that I have been able to do the responsible thing and NOT get pregnant to begin with. They offer MANY MANY much needed women’s health services other than abortions. Please don’t criticize and organization you are not familiar with.
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This is a question I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m not real big into politics and don’t watch tv hardly at all, but can’t wait to vote for the first time this year. Two people that have caught my interest are Gary Johnson and Matt Snyder. They both seem like they actually want change, but then again they all basically seem like that.
Who do you think should be considered for President in 2012 and why?
I would love to hear everyones responses even if they don’t have a lot of background info… This is an exciting time approaching and could be for the best or for the worst. What is your opinion?
Your link is from earlier this year. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-932 that is a more recent one and shows that he was absent for the vote.
He is not advocating for isolationism in international relations, trade and cooperative actions…just militarily. That’s just a tiny tiny fraction of the 600 billion we spend each year on the military.
Your main point however was about interfering with the sovereignty of foreign nations, waging war and being a military superpower.
@BirdFlyingHigh, fair enough, but if you have a child it should be their choice to live, and not yours. Do you really think all the funding that will be cut from planned parenthood would really go to contraceptives first? Doubtful. They have a lot of money. Contraceptives will be there, and always WILL be. Planned Parenthood losing funding will do nothing to change that.
You know what else probably cost 30 bucks a month? Condoms.
@Ska That’s basically what I was getting at. Becoming president requires a very rigid lifestyle that few, including you, are willing to follow. Coupled with the fact that today’s political climate would almost certainly prevent a president from being able to accomplish the admirable (and shared) goals you listed, it’s no wonder that the only ‘legitimate candidates’ that we have to ‘choose’ from are delusional, power-hungry, inept, or all-of-the-above.
Yes but the military is not helping the people. You want to help? Send some food. Go over and help them. Sending money does nothing but line the pockets of those that are oppressing them.
Thats all Ron Paul is saying. Next time he debates..listen closely to what hes trying to communicate..i think after this you may have another opinion.
I completely agree with Alex.
@grass – IMO funding of that organization and abortion is a waste of tax money. Why should I pay for you to kill an infant because you were irresponsible? Also, you can still get an abortion or do family-planning on your own without taxpayer funds. I think there are much more important issues right now than abortion and environmental topics anyway, not to offend anyone.
- Believes and ACTS on the constitution
- States rights
- Less federal regulation / spending (cuttings unnecessary programs)
- Ending foreign aid (there are poor people and massive debt here)
- Personal liberty and choice
- Consistent policies, voting record
- Not a ‘bought out’ politician
- Answers questions directly without concern of ‘image’
- ENDING WARS (illegal wars are ineffective, expensive, and have little moral justification)
- Proponent of sound currency
- For free markets vs gov. controlling market (bailouts)
edit: sorry Idk why it’s all double spaced
Have you seen our latest Bill? China owns our debt, Russia and the Middle East have all the oil, Brazil and Argentina produces all the food, Europe our largest investor is on the brink of collapse. World Superpower? Only by name, by future, we are one and all the same.
What happens if the US does not step up to superpower status…will the world collapse into chaos? Im not convinced just yet…
I’m never going to completely trust or like any candidate that runs for president. I’ll go with the guy I have less problems with, which is Ron Paul. (There are others, but none with any chance, sadly) I completely understand his stance on abortion, and agree 100%. People use planned parenthood as an excuse to not act responsibly. If people need help, there will be help. Everyone is going to have mandatory health insurance anyways, so who won’t be able to afford it? Another thought is people could just have sex responsibly to begin with. Sure, certain situations pop up, but that’s only a small fraction, and can be dealt with if addressed properly. Ron Paul isn’t anti-choice, but he is pro-responsibility. As far as I, and probably he sees it, the choice was already practiced when you had sex. If anything, it extends the choice to the unborn child. Do you really think you could be a doctor for as long as he was, delivered that many babies, and hold a ‘pro-choice/pro-abortion’ stance?
Also, It’s very easy to hate or disagree with the president. His job is impossible. Try to get billions of people to all agree with you. You can barely find people to agree with you in your own neighborhood. Imagine trying to convince a country about one thing. Not only are you pressured by the public, I’m sure you are pressured by the people ‘behind the curtain’ too. The president is a puppet, and is hated by the entire world. That must be shitty.
I don’t think Ron Paul actually states that he is against Planned Parenthood. He states that he will repeal Roe vs Wade and prevent judges from interfering with state laws. Hopefully I’m not mistaken…but I think Roe vs Wade is a federal ruling.
He will allow the individual states to create their own ruling instead of following a nationwide federal law. I honestly think thats the best solution. This pro life/pro choice issue is a defining characteristic of politics and I think that this issue gains more publicity than it should. I mean…our country is on the serious downfall and we have candidates focus on this issue than jobs and the economy. Thats ridiculous. Leave it up to the states. If you don’t like the the state’s ruling, move to another state…simple.
And as far as requiring tax payers to pay for abortions? There are too many opinions on this..leave up to the states so that the representatives closer to the people can make up their own minds that truly reflect the wants of the people residing in that state.
Does anyone on this site actually believe for one second that there is even the remote possibility for actual change depending on who gets into office?
Someone please tell me how voting for either a douche or a turd sandwich (thank you South Park) makes a lick of difference when it comes to making the changes that truly need to be made in this world. Whomever gets into office will be there because the established order allows them to be there, and they will tow the line they are expected to, or they get JFK-ed. Simple as that.
i think personal charity and donation should be advocated. let me have more of my tax money back and Il donate more to charity. and I can donate to who/where I want.
most of government foreign aid ends up in corrupt hands, if it even makes it there. the government has proven time and time again to be inefficient.
Who says that they need help…America the military industrial complex? We make tons of money creating top of the line military equipment and selling it. You think if we stop…we would lose our competitive advantage?
We don’t have money. And why spend that money on countries waging their own guerrilla wars. Show me where in history that a foreign occupying force actually helped a country.
Im not saying completely tear down our National Defense. Build that up and protect our homeland…but lets not overextend ourselves like the Roman empire.
Edit: I think they are better ways to spend our limited resources than spend it on outrageous military campaigns. The world is so globally intertwined with trade that the need for a world superpower is decreasing.
Ok, seeing how most people on this thread insist on spouting neo-con demagoguery from December 2010, Ill go ahead and let you know that only 3% of planned parenthoods budget is spent on abortion, and the law prevents federal funds from being used for it.
So whats the point of defunding an organization that provides a wide variety of health services from Cancer Screening and STD testing, which is vital for alot of poorer areas of this country.