Friday, December 28, 2007

I'm the only patriot in this country

I just took an online test to see which U.S. presidential candidate matched up most closely with my own ideals. Not surprisingly, Dennis Kucinich is my man. Our only disagreement was on the No Child Left Behind Act. I think children should be left behind to die, and also I think it's implemented stupidly. On further reflection, with the appropriate funding and sufficient implementation, it could be a good program. It's not really one of my top priorities anyway.

Whatever, kids are dumb. Let them go get a job like the rest of us and then they can worry about the 11th president and the quadratic equation.

Many people are afraid to vote for a candidate that they think can't win, except for the Ron Paul nutjobs, God bless them. Those guys really go balls out for Ron, you have to respect that. I encourage everyone in the primary elections to vote their gut and heart, and also brain. Vote for the guy or dame you like most, not the dude or broad you think has the best chance of winning. If everyone voted for their ideal candidate, that person just might win. And even if he (or she) doesn't win, that person may get a high enough percentage of the vote that the winning candidate has to adopt some of the other candidate's positions to draw in his or her supporters.

Here are some reasons why I love Kucinich, ignoring the fact that he has a gorgeous wife:
# War authorization: One of the few in Congress to vote against the Iraq War authorization. Consistently criticizes Bush's management of the war.

# Security/liberties: Consistently voted against the PATRIOT Act. He has received increasingly higher marks from the ACLU, scoring 100% last year.

# Social Security: Opposes privatization.

# Stem cell research: Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.

# Same sex issues: Opposes a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman.

# Trade issues: Opposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

# Budget issues: The balanced budget advocating the Concord Coalition gave Representative Kucinich a rating of 81%.

# Business & labor issues: Kucinich supported the interests of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 30% and supported the interests of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee 7% in 2005. Kucinich supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 93% and supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 93% in 2005.

# Abortion issues: He is pro-choice.

# Capital punishment: He would eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.

# Marijuana: He would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes. NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) considers him a "NORML friendly candidate"

# Gun control: Supports gun control.

# Minimum wage: Consistently supports and votes for minimum wage increases.

# Health care: Supports universal health care.

# Prescription drugs: Supports expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.

# Environmental issues: Kucinich has been endorsed and he receives very high marks from environmental groups.

# Immigration issues: Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 100% in 2006. He supported the interests of the U.S. Border Control 0% in 2005-2006. Supports amnesty/permanent legalization for illegal aliens. Opinion no known on temporary legalization for illegal aiens as guestworkers

# Education issues: Opposes school vouchers.
Remember, if you don't vote for Kucinich you're a racist, a facist, and a traitor.

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