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28 October 2008 @ 09:34 am
The Controversial Survey  
1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Gee, dunno the answer to that one...

2. Would you do meth if it was legal?
Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.

3. Abortion: for or against it?
In favor of it being legal and accessible, worried about the implications of it being legal as we advance medical technology. Until we get to the point where a blastoma can be removed and mechanically fostered, the intervening advances make deciding what is alive and what is not much more difficult than some on both sides would lead you to believe.

4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
What a dumb question. Why is this controversial? No, no, no. Certain female candidates, maybe, but the same could be said for certain male candidates.

5. Do you believe in the death penalty?
In principle, yes. In execution (sorry), no. I think too many mistakes are made and the cost of avoiding those mistakes is greater than life imprisonment.

6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?

7. Are you for or against premarital sex?
For it when those involved are old enough to make good decisions about the risk.

8. Do you believe in God?
Yes, but not in the form of a hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin.

9. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Never understood the reasons against it. Really, though, I think all government laws should be changed to call any marriage, same- or opposite-sex, a civil union. If marriage is a religious thing, the government has no business defining it - only a social need to define the civil terms and conditions and benefits. Falls under the "fat chance" list of pie-in-the-sky legislation, though.

10. Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
I have nothing against immigration but illegal immigration is a problem. I have nothing against Latinos but am increasingly uncomfortable with having to learn Spanish to communicate in my own country at this late age. I have nothing against low wages for entry-level and extremely unskilled jobs, but I am against exploiting those who can't go to the authorities because of their immigration status.

Immigration is an issue that needs to be discussed and resolved logically, without the hysteria of the border protectionists or the bleeding hearts of the "we have to take care of the whole world" crowd.

11. A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
I can't see how that works for anyone involved given today's expectations for girls (and boys) of that age. Hundreds of years ago, a 12-year-old girl would probably already have been involved in helping to raise 4-5 children younger than she, and someone would be expected to provide for her so she could do so with her own child. Today, that isn't the case, nor do I think it should be as it feeds into a "stay at home and make babies" mentality.

12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
Absolutely. To be completely clear, I think the drinking age (supervised by an adult guardian) should be 16 while the driving age is 18.

13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
If only it were that easy. We need to get out (shouldn't have been there at all - even if you believe the reasons we went in, it was stupid to do so before we were finished in Afghanistan), but giving a hard date or even a specific timeline is so much military stupid.

14. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Not in principle. In reality, there are an awful lot of unscrupulous relatives waiting to snatch up Great-Aunt Martha's estate, or even wanting to keep her from using up the estate in any kind of long-term care. I think someone much wiser than me needs to come up with ways to make absolutely certain the person asking for it is truly doing so of their own free will.

15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
Yes, but only between certain ages and only to get their attention.

16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Are you offering? It's funny to me that burning the flag "respectfully" is the way to dispose of it, while burning it "disrespectfully" riles people up so much they try to get it forbidden in the Constitution. Sure, I'd burn it for a million dollars. I'd try my best to make it mean something.

17. Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
Obama. I'd have voted for McCain 2000, but McCain 2004 and beyond makes me cringe.

18. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
They already judge me from reading many years of my blog. Nothing here is any different from what I've said there at one point or another.
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Elizabeth McCoyarchangelbeth on October 28th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Having a low, supervised drinking age is an interesting concept I'd never thought of. Makes sense, though if it were in a public bar, I'd add "adult must be sober"... >_> Interesting.
naominaomilynne on October 28th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
When I was growing up,(60's and 70's) that was really the defacto rule, to a large extent, in New York. I can remember many times going to a restaurant with my parents and sibs. Dad would order a bottle of wine. Waitress would bring it, with two glasses. Dad would say, "Could we have 4 more glasses please." Waitress would bring them, and Dad would then serve US our glasses of wine. I grew up drinking sensibly at home -- and Shaina has the option to do so as well. She does not, however, LIKE alcohol, so she declines.

Makes much more sense than the ridiculous charade at Krogers last week where I bought a bottle of wine, and the underage young woman scanning my purchases had to call her 21+ supervisor over to run the bottle over the scanner ... at which point the fresh-faced young 18 year old bagger put it in the bag!
Keriskeristor on October 28th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
The French have been doing it for centuries (actually, I'm not sure they have a minimum drinking age at all). It starts in the home, when the parents feel that the child can take alcohol, so by the time they get to teenage they are already used to drinking it in moderation and probably have some idea of their limits. They will also have been taken out to restaurants serving alcohol so they learn to drink in public.

I'm very much in favour of parents being allowed or even encouraged to introduce their children to responsible alcohol use. Heck, even let them drink to excess if they want to (in the home, where they won't bother anyone else) and then make them clean up the mess once they are sober.

The other thing which helps is to have a culture where drunken bad behaviour is seen as a bad thing, rather than being glorified as a lot of UK and US TV shows do.