Aside ... I can't seem to use the "Rich Text" editor in LJ from Firefox, though I can from IE. Odd ...
Yoinked from wibble42...
1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Sure. (Of course, if the answer was "no", this would be a terribly short entry ...)
2. Would you do meth if it was legal?
Nope. The long term health effects and addiction aren't worth the short-term pleasure. In general, that's the problem with society as a whole these days ... too many people who don't understand the notion of delayed gratification.
3. Abortion: for or against it?
Against. Not much else to say here that hasn't been said by lots of other people.
4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
Nope. Why would the president's gender make a difference?
5. Do you believe in the death penalty?
Reluctantly. I fully admit that administering the death penalty fairly is incredibly difficult ... and it wouldn't give me heartburn if the death penalty wasn't allowed. But are there some crimes worthy of the ultimate penalty? Yes.
6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalised already?
Nope. Same as (2.). I saw a guy in my freshman year of college get absolutely destroyed by marijuana ... and this was a guy who was a Pat Boone clone before someone got him to try marijuana as a joke. Incredibly sad.
7. Are you for or against premarital sex?
Against. Again ... delayed gratification. It's amazing how many of these things interact. If people waited for sex before marriage, and people waited to marry until they were ready to treat marriage as a permanent covenant ... there'd be a whole lot less need for abortion.
8. Do you believe in God?
9. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
No. I don't a have a good public policy argument for this one. But I don't think that taking an arbitrary relationship between two people and calling it a "marriage" makes sense. You don't make a same-sex relationship into a "marriage" just by calling it one.
Now if you want to argue that maybe the state shouldn't be in the business of endorsing or registering marriages in the first place, I might agree with you there. Governments got into the business of registering marriages only relatively recently, as far as history is concerned; before then, marriage was solely the province of the church.
And I'd agree that many of the legal benefits accorded to married folks (e.g. default powers of attorney) ought to be extended to anyone else who might want to participate in those. But none of those rights or privileges requires calling a same-sex relationship a "marriage".
10. Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
Illegal? Yes. Hispanic? No. I don't know why ethnicity should have anything to do with it.
11. A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
Keep it (if she has the social structure to support the child), or put it up for adoption.
(Obligatory snarky remark: how come the father isn't in the equation? Yeah, I know, I know ...)
12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
Yeesh. I'm really undecided on this one. I've seen the way that immature young adults binge on alcohol ... but some of that may be due to the fact that it's forbidden fruit.
I might be willing to consider it ... if the penalties for DUI, for all ages, were quadrupled at the same time.
13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
This makes it sound like a baseball game or a block party. Sheesh. We're there. Finish the job, and then go home when it's over.
14. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
I do. Some choices serve to limit us rather than empower us. I never want us to get into a situation where someone might be pressured to commit legal suicide because they feel like it is expected of them. And that can happen even if no-one is pressuring them. (Having watched my grandmother go through a long and painful death, I can empathize.)
Actually, much the same argument can apply to abortion. We'll never know how many babies were aborted because their mothers felt like it was expected of them ... even if they wanted to go through with the pregnancy.
15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
Only rarely. I did a little bit of spanking with my infants & toddlers, but mainly because they were putting themself in physical danger and weren't cognitively developed enough to understand why. (But, frankly, it's hard for a spanking to be immediately effective when they're wearing big padded diapers.)
Anyways ... the kids are old enough now for punishment to be administered verbally, which is usually quite effective.
16. Would you burn a flag for a million dollars?
Probably not. Yeah, it's a piece of cloth, but it's an important symbol for many people. I think it's a sign of cultural respect.
17. Who do you think would make a better president: McCain or Obama?
18. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
No. Blogs are about expressing opinions, right?