Monday, July 25, 2005

Where I Stand

I haven’t gotten into my own personal political beliefs too in depth here on my blog. I figure most people would consider me conservative. The truth is I’m fairly balanced somewhere between libertarian and conservative. For the most part libertarian when it comes to the way I would like our government to work and conservative about most social issues.

Let me explain this in a little more detail. I think that it is not the government’s job to take care of an individual. I don’t like to see money being redistributed through taxes and given to people who aren’t taking care of themselves. This is socialism and it has never worked for any country. Once people realize that they can vote to take money away from the people that earn it and give it to the people who aren’t contributing anything positive to the community, our nation will be on the down slope to failing and becoming too much like those European, luke warm socialist countries.

That being said I don’t particularly agree to the libertarian’s view on social issues. The best way to describe this is, “A person can wave their arms anyway they want as long is doesn’t deprive someone of their rights or property.” I think that the government should dictate, at least, a basic morality. I’m not talking a theocracy, but a definitive right and wrong way to behave in general. I’ll list some issues and give my take so you can better understand.

Abortion: We can’t stop it. It’s going to happen with or without laws and don’t think anyone wants to imprison pregnant women to ensure they carry to term. That said, I don’t think that it should be government funded and if the child is capable of life outside the womb (with medical assistance) then instead of crushing a fetus’s head, take the child C-section in the third tri-mester and put up for adoption. I would rather spend government money trying to preserve life than destroy it. Unfortunately, I don’t see that we could place any ban on early term abortions.

Gun Control: Guns are right given to the citizens of this nation. Our forefathers understood that if the government was the only one with weapons then the citizens had no power to overthrow a corrupt government. This is a check and balance between the average man and the government.

Gambling, Prostitution, Drugs: I gamble and enjoy it; I’m not going to pay for it; I’m not a crack head. It should be up to the states to decide. We could separate all the wheat from the chaff this way. A person, who wants to live around this, could move to a state that allows it. I know Alabama would never approve of such things, and if I feel the need to gamble (hopefully get to go soon) I’ll drive to Tunica. The most important thing that I see is that no tax money should go to the rehabilitation of anyone who gets caught up with the vices. You’re addicted to heroine; hurry up die and stop breathing my air. If there is a charity out there that will rehabilitate you, then go there for help, but don’t force me to pay for your poor decisions.

Judge Roy Moore: I’m from Alabama so it’s my duty to have an opinion about him. I think that it was unnecessary for him to decide to make a monument and move it into the court house. If it was already there; fine, preserve it. I can’t see that a large monument to the ten commandments is going to help the judicial process any. If he made it to evangelize, than he should have spent the money on billboards along I-65, instead of making a monument that is only seen by a small fraction of the populace. More people would have seen it that way. I honestly think that the only thing that Judge Roy Moore was thinking about when he made that monument was “How can I get myself noticed so I can run for governor?” I think it was selfish of him to use state money to make the monument, and then defend it after it was ordered to be removed. I know of better ways to spend tax money.

Gay Marriage: No, never. Why? The same reason siblings can’t get married, or people can’t marry children, or animals. There is a right and wrong. Marriage’s purpose is to bring about a family. It’s not discriminatory that gay people can’t get married. Any gay man can marry any gay woman. A straight man can not marry another straight man. See, equal protection under the law. Plus being gay is a decision and people should not be awarded any privileges for choosing a lifestyle outside the social norm.
Alright enough with this rant. I figure you have a better idea on how I see things. Man, this wasn’t funny at all.


At 9:59 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

"I'm not going to pay for it"

Dude, you're married. We ALL pay for it!!! Tee hee hee!

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

What I meant was I'm not going to pay a reasonable price for it.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Uber said...

LOL! Ok maybe the post wasn't funny but the comments are.

I pretty much agree with ya on the issues you listed Doc, except abortion. I won't hassle ya or go on n on trying to change ya mind on it cos I likes ya. :) But I will leave a link to research & info that definitely helped stregthen my stance against it!

Please don't stone me! lol

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

I'm a conservative libertarian myself. I'm not pure libertarian, because I also believe in strong adherence to the Constitution and patriotic nationalism. I am a strong conservative on the issue of border control and national security. We have a good economic policy on the money supply. We should be doing the same for the labor supply.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I'm not going to get an abortion,or even condone a person having one. I just see the futility in trying to fight the women that want to have one. All that I'm saying is that I'm dead set against gov. funding for them. Remember that abortions may be why the Dems lose the elections, they kill their constituents before theey have a chance to vote.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger a4g said...

Libertarianism is to conservatives what communism is to leftists: our dream political system if only the world were the way we wanted it, instead of the way it is.

The problem with it libertarianism is, of course, a lot of what cascades down from what insolublog mentioned.

Of course, if you have to say "libertarian, but", then it can't really be all that great of an idea to begin with.

I keep losing my libertarian leanings as I age, and getting closer to 'right wing crank.'

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous B-Cack said...

I support gay marriage......... AS LONG AS BOTH CHICKS ARE HOT!!!!!!!!

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Ya, right. When was the last time you saw two hot lesbians as a couple? There is always one that looks like a woman, and one that looks like a angry 12 year old boy wearing too much denim and leather.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Damian G. said...

Before they were legalised, abortions were on the DECLINE in this country. has an excellent article up right now.

They decreased under Bush, too.

Bans WORK, people!

Legalising evil only leads to abuse of that "right."

At 6:36 PM, Blogger GunnNutt said...

Good post, Doc. What prompted this "disclosure?"

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Haven't really posted what I believe. Just tid bits here and there. Figured this would give a fuller picture of how this twisted mind works. I probably view things a little different than typical conservative or libertarian blogger.

At 5:10 AM, Blogger PoP said...

Thats my son,just like his Dad. Sorry to insult you son.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger GunnNutt said...

I view things pretty much the same way. I guess I have a "twisted mind" as well. Hey, that sounds like a good name for a new ice cream flavor! cream...

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Uber said...

"one that looks like a woman, and one that looks like a angry 12 year old boy wearing too much denim and leather."

Exactly correct, no exaggeration. lol I've seen it with me own eyes. Then there's the truck drivin butch with the femmy chick that always looks timid and scared. Yeah he/she scares me too!

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

I disagree with your Roy Moore comments. The people of Alabama elected him chief justice knowing he had the 10 commandments in his court room in the first place. The lawsuit was already flying from the ACLU.

He is a strict constitutionalist, and he adhered to Alabama's constitution of acknowledging God. I heard him speak at my old high school's graduation class of 02. I was impressed with his knowledge of our Constitution and the way our country was founded.
I honestly believe he did not do this for politcal gain.

If anything, I think the Republicans brought him down personally using Mark Pryor so he wouldn't have a huge impact in the 04 presidential election. They knew he would come back to bite them in the arse in 06, but that's the republican's own hypocrytical fault.

He will fight more for state's rights and less for the federal government's rights if he is governor.

I honestly think he will run as a Republican for only one reason: To make the Republicans grow some balls and stand up on these issues they keep campaigning for, but do absolutely nothing to accomplish. If he's elected I see him having the balls to do the things that most Republicans campaign for but never do because they like to compromise with their bed buddies the Democrats.

As for me, I'm a Constitutionalist. Let the country be the way the Founding Fathers intended. Conservatives hold the line and give in to easy to the tree-hugging commies when they should be fighting back, and most libertarians that I know don't like Christianity or national defense.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I think you missed my argument. Yes, I knew he had ten commandments in his courtroom, he paid for them himself and put them in his courtroom. He did not build a monument with state money and put it in the states courthouse though. I don't have a problem with them being there, I just don't think his motives for putting them there were pure. As for libertarians not strong in defense and being anti christian, I would be that exception, and probably not the only one.

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous mukrz said...

abortions are better performed by doctors than quacks.

drugs - legalize them and let the people who want to drop out of society do so ASAP.

how 'bout that energy bill? let's prop up the petroleum industry with tax money - It's finally time to see someone other than Bill Gates had a stab at the number one spot...


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