I’m glad to hear that you are patrolling the boards and keeping everyone safe from newly signed up members … I will sleep well knowing this.
Sorry I wasted your very valuable time pointing out those things. You have no obligation to respond to anything I say or post. However, if you are going to sit on your pedestal and cast aspersions then maybe you should be ready to defend them?
You"re assuming I thought you were a republican, I actually wasn’t sure, but had you figured as either Conservative/Republican or a Libertarian. You seem to be falling more on the Libertarian side of things as I read your posts.
There you go again … “ liberal/socialist agenda” … do you know what either of those words mean? I invite you to study the definition of both. Being Liberal has nothing to do with Socialism unless you are taking the meanings from Glen Beck.
This country was primarily founded on an escape from religious persecution that was occurring in Europe. The idea of having freedom of religion was/is a progressive ideal. Progressive in the sense of moving a society forward and pursuing freedom.
You bring up an interesting point, “the fastest growing period was when the government had the least control”. I’m not sure that statement is correct, but let’s assume it is … at what cost did that growth come? Have you ever read about the industrial revolution and the conditions that workers had to endure? Have you ever read about company towns and how employees were all but slaves to the corporations? Have you ever read about the things that companies did to the environment? I don’t know about you, but I for one am thankful we have a 5 day standard work week rather than 7, I am glad we have child labour laws, some environmental protection, etc., etc. Wow … government control really sucks doesn’t it? I’m not saying everything the government does is good, but I don’t ignore the fact that many of the liberties, freedoms and protection I have today are due to government. It’s a simple fact. Also, you may do a little reading about the GI bill that the GOVERNMENT put in place after WWII and what that did for this country.
Additionally, I don’t think anyone denies that capitalism is the backbone of our economy … again, unless you are getting your information from Glen Beck. Hell, we just went through a period where our government rescued most of the auto industry and our financial companies to prevent an economic catastrophe that would have destroyed many companies and sent this country into a depression. Everyone (or at least almost everyone recognizes we need capitalism). I really don’t get you guys that keep saying Liberals or anyone else don’t know this.
I am familiar with both Branden and Rand. It’s interesting that you choose to quote them, but now I know where you are coming from with some of these opinions you have.
For those of you not familiar with Ayn Rand … here’s an interview she gave some years ago (in case you don’t want to read her books). An interesting person to say the least.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ukJiBZ8_4k
I suppose you can side with the likes of Ayn Rand and her boyfriend or the philosopher that said … Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ … it’s a choice.
Waveslider, no offense, but you aren’t the self-made man you think you are (I’m not saying you didn’t work hard). I promise you, throughout your life you have been the beneficiary of subsidies and government handouts … do you drive on public roads, use public bridges, enjoy the protection of the US military, do you take any tax deductions when you file your taxes, do you buy food, what does the company you work for sell and who do they sell it to … do you think that maybe your customers use subsidies and government hand out to purchase goods from you and there by support your salary with others tax dollars. Don’t think for a minute you haven’t benefitted from subsidies and government handout because you have either directly or indirectly!
Oh btw … taxes are the price you pay to live in this country and our tax rates today are near all-time lows … if you don’t like it you’re more than welcome to move to a country with lower tax rates.
And now we do a full circle back to this smoking topic … this one is really sticking in your craw. The logic behind the smoking ban is simple … this is a matter of public health and my right as a non-smoker to not be subjected to cancer causing smoke. If someone wants to kill themselves by smoking by all means go do it, but you don’t have the right to take me or anyone else with you. Again, using your logic, maybe I should be able to go down town and spray asbestos all over the place because I think it’s pretty … certainly no one should have a right to tell me I can’t.
I would like to end my post complimenting you (I can have a difference of opinion with folks and like them). I saw a post of yours where you took some nieghbor kids out hunting and that is commendable, but I still disagree with your political perspective