Jerry here. Let me start this blog by making something totally clear:
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We aren’t just reporting news. This site is all about discussions of political issues. We want a free forum to respectfully discuss politics without worrying about a bunch of politically correct nonsense.
We absolutely have opinions, and we openly state those opinions. On the other hand, we promise to never give information that we know is false. We’ll call out bullshit, no matter what side of the aisle it’s coming from. We listen to any opposing viewpoints. Always. We might disagree with them (sometimes enthusiastically), but we consider every opinion. When someone disagrees with us, we consider what they have to say. We don’t just try to think of a counter-argument. We listen.
We love discussion, but we have some very strong opinions that neither of us ever tries to hide in these blogs.
With that said, this particular article is to let you get to know us. We’re going to state our positions on several issues, just so you know where we stand.
We’d love to get to know you as well, so feel free to sound off in the comments.
I’m not a democrat, republican, or libertarian. I’m not a member of the tea party or the green party.
I’m truly without a party. I’m even hesitant to say that I’m an Independent because that actually attaches a party dynamic.
I think parties are for birthdays, not politics.
I also think party alignment should not be allowed on election ballots.
On most social issues, I admit I do tend to lean to the left.
On gun control, I think the debate is being dominated by money men with personal interests. I think the NRA doesn’t give a damn about gun safety or the people dying from guns. The NRA just cares about money.
That said, I completely support gun ownership in America. Most people I know own guns. I do not support banning guns or ammo. I think that’s a silly “make us feel better” solution that won’t solve the problem. At all.
I think the key to helping with gun violence is through background checks, closing the gun show loopholes, gun safety training, and legal safety requirements. We won’t be able to stop the criminals, but we can sure stop the kids from dying because they got their hands on their parents’ guns and we can sure help to prevent people with long histories of violent and delusional behavior from buying guns.
In short, I’m okay with the idea that “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” But I find myself wondering why the NRA fights so hard to prevent laws that keep guns out of the hands of the people who kill people.
I’m pro-choice. And no, I don’t mean I’m pro-abortion. Bottom line, I’m a man. I will never, ever know what it feels like to be pregnant. I will never know what it feels like to be pregnant from a rape. I will never know what it feels like to be pregnant from a guy who decided he doesn’t want to be a dad so he left town.
At the end of the day, I think women should have the loudest voice on abortion.
I think we need to get healthcare to all Americans. I think it’s disgusting that we’ll spend $4 trillion on unnecessary wars but we flip out at the idea of spending $2 trillion on giving people health care. I think Obamacare is flawed in many ways. I think it needs to be tweaked. It needs to be fixed.
I don’t think it needs to be repealed. If republicans put as much effort into fixing Obamacare as they’ve put into repealing it, we’d have a much better system already.
I’m against any unnecessary war and I think every war we’ve seen in the past 50 years was unnecessary. I find it disgusting that we spend so much time fighting in other countries when our own people are dying every day from a l lack of healthcare.
This is one area that I think Obama has failed us. He railed against Bush and the Patriot Act, but as president, Obama has not stopped it. In fact, in many ways he has expanded it. And our privacy has been decimated under Obama. I really hope he eventually sees the error of his ways on this issue.
I’m against it. When we engage in that kind of behavior, we become the very people we’re standing against. It makes me very sad that Obama didn’t keep his promise to shut down Gitmo.
I think corporations have taken over this country and control the overwhelming majority of politicians. I find this disgusting.
Okay, so that’s it for me (for now). I’ll turn it over to Clyde….
Clyde here. I’m the “grumpy old man” in our duo of grumpy old men. I tend to rant and ramble, but hopefully I get my point across most of the time.
But just in case I don’t, here’s where I stand on certain issues (as of right now):
Never going to happen. I personally feel that if you’re one of those people who doesn’t do any homework at all on the candidates, then you go to the polls and just vote (R) or (D), then you’re pretty much an idiot. I know, that’s mean, but I call ’em the way I see ’em.
That being said, I do tend to lean a little to the left on social issues, and a bit to the right on fiscal issues. What does that make me? I like to think it makes me “a person” (not to be confused with a corporation).
I pretty much stand with Jerry on this one. He doesn’t own guns; I do. However, I know how to use them. I’m a firm believer that there should be training and a test before you’re allowed to buy a gun, and then you should have to take retraining every few years after your initial purchase. A pain in the ass? Sure, but I think it would cut down on a lot of the problems we have right now.
I’m not a woman, so I have no legitimate opinion on this one. Skipping on to the next topic.
I’ve posted specifically why I need the ACA (you can read that here).
When it was first proposed, my family and I actually got into a fight about it. “I’m sorry, Clyde, that you have problems and can’t get insurance. But this whole Obamacare thing is not the way to go!” Well, I still say that you have to start somewhere, and anything is better than nothing.
I hate it. I think the US has gone from the role of peacekeeper, to world police, and almost to the point of warmonger. Imperialism won’t make us any friends, and the way things are looking, I’d say we’re about to need a few.
I’ve been telling Jerry for years that we’re on our way to a police state. Look around you – it’s coming. And no, I’m not some conspiracy theory nut. I’m a realist. And if you can’t see the signs, then you need to pull your head out of the sand and look around.
Abhorrent behavior that should not be perpetuated or tolerated by our government. It’s 2013. We’re civilized. Let’s act like it.
“But corporations are people, my friend!” This one line is enough to have made me never vote for Romney no matter what. Corporations, lobbying, lawyers, campaign finance – it’s all a bunch of hooey. They know it, we know it. The worst part? Nothing’s going to change.
So that’s it for me and Jerry. Now you know where we stand on a few core things.
Keep in mind that our opinions are subject to change on any given topic. And no, that doesn’t mean that we’re flip-floppers. That means that we’re humans who are intelligent enough to change our feelings based on new information.
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You all take care, and have a good day.
Clyde O. Watson