Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Controversial Survey

Meme time - blame Waffles and Riggs.

If you're reading, feel free to steal it. Hell, I did.

Then, blame me for sitting on it for a few days while I did almost 20 other posts here, there, and elsewhere.

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?

Hell no, have you seen a meth addict? I wouldn't go near it. I do find it funny that I have to fill out paperwork whenever I buy Sudafed now.

3. Abortion: for or against it?

Against in all cases.

4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?

The world has seen female presidents in other countries, so no. Germany has one now. Britain has had one (as Prime Minister). So no, I think it would be just fine.

5. Do you believe in the death penalty?

I used to, but not anymore. I am in favor of speeding up trials to get to a verdict - example, Brian Nichols' trial should already be over with a mandatory life sentence, but it's still going on three and a half years later. Why it would take almost 4 years (when it's all done) to convict some who shot several people, in broad daylight, with hundreds of witnesses, is beyond me.

6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?

I believe it should be legalized, yes. It's not as harmful as alcohol or tobacco, IMHO.

7. Are you for or against premarital sex?

If they're over 18, fine. At least that's what I'm telling the kids. As Chef said, there's a time and a place for those things, and it's called college. High school's probably a bit too young for them, and random hooking up isn't exactly something I'd encourage for either of them outside of any serious relationship.

8. Do you believe in God?

Yep - this isn't too controversial, since I'm a eucharistic minister at my church.

9. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?

I don't think a church should ever recognize it. From a legal and societal standpoint, I am OK with it being legalized in some form (whether it's called civil unions or whatnot - and that means all the barriers to marriage and divorce straight couples face. They should be able to benefit from partner benefits just as much as they can also fight over trivial household chores.

Besides, they would pay less taxes by being married, but that might be the meth talking. From a government standpoint, it doesn't matter much to me.

(Nuance, baby - catch it!)

10. Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?

Yes, if they make no effort to become citizens at any point at all. If they do start to take steps to trying to become legal residents/citizens, then I don't see it as wrong as it would otherwise be. I would actually see it as a good thing - assuming there is some sort of melding to American customs, laws, etc. If they're here and don't care about becoming citizens, that's when I start to have a bigger problem with it.

11. A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?

Compared to aborting it, yes, but hopefully adoption would be an option as well. A twelve-year old, in all likelihood, doesn't have the emotional, physical, and monetary resources of caring for a child, but I would hope that the baby be placed in an environment where it can grow and be loved and supported, and not regarded as just some growth or inconvenience. Whether that means an extended household or adoption, it's much preferable to the abhorrence of aborting the baby.

12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?

Absolutely. Learn how to drink early so you can do it right when you head to college.

13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?

Only if we want to see a slaughter - it shouldn't be called off, it should be finished as a victory (as is being done now) and then we should leave. Considering how low American casualties have been the last few months, I'd say the surge and latent nation-building has been much more positive and we could leave with victory very soon. That being said, I wouldn't want to do this again.

14. Should assisted suicide be legal?

Again, no. I'm not a real big fan of killing folk in non-wartime situations, whether it's a criminal, an elderly person, or the unborn. Once we as a society start to off people of our choosing, it creates a very big fundamental problem regarding the quality of all life.

15. Do you believe in spanking your children?

I believe in discipline. The way that works for each individual child needs to be figured out. I won't judge another parent for spanking their children without a damn good reason, but parents still have to have some restraint and act more maturely than the child. Going apeshit doesn't help anyone. I think spanking is okay, but only used in an extremely rare fashion. None at all or too much causes the significance to be undermined - the child will either have no fear at all or come to accept it as constant, and neither of those paths is a very good one.

16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?

The proper means of disposal for a tattered, worn American flag calls for burning it in a peaceful and respectful manner, so in that case, sure, I'm doing it anyway. Otherwise, absolutely not, not under any circumstances.

17. Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?

McCain, by default. I think the 2000 version would have been a much better answer. I'm not that fond of either person at the top of the ticket, but I think four years of Obama will unleash some major nationalization and socialist changes that won't be undone for a very long time. It took over 20 years to repair the damage of Jimmy Carter's one term (yes, I'm including Clinton in that repair) and I think we would be looking at a similar fate. That being said, McCain needs to show more life in his campaign or it won't matter a damn bit.

18. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?

Not really, since I've been an open, vocal schmuck on here for a while anyway :)

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