This election has left me with an unanswered question that’s starting to bother me. Where in the political spectrum do I fall ? Do I lean towards the left (Liberal) or right (Conservative) ? My goal in this blog is to try and figure this out. I’m asking all my readers to try and make your conclusion after you read my position on the following seven policies.
Left Wing: Income equality; higher tax rates on the wealthy; government spending on social programs and infrastructure; stronger regulations on business.
Right Wing:Lower taxes and less regulation on businesses; reduced government spending; balanced budget;
My position: We all see what happens when you have no regulation on business, US sub-prime debacle that nearly destroyed every financial market in the world. 600$ for one pill that can save a human being. On the other hand, I can see the ramifications of income equality. Quebec has forever been the beneficiary of equalization payments from other wealthier provinces such as Alberta. What happens when that province goes through a rough patch as they are at the present moment in the oil industry ? Where is the fairness of this system ? Who helps Alberta now ? Overall, it is the responsibility of government to make sure the well being of their people is looked after.
Left wing: Believe that access to healthcare is one of the fundamental rights of all citizens. Support universal healthcare, the Affordable Care Act, expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.
Right wing: Oppose government-provided universal healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. Favor competition to Medicare from private insurance companies; oppose Medicaid expansion.
My position: Although social health care is not always perfect, I can’t possibly defend the righ wing position on this policy. You can not leave the welfare of your country at the mercy of insurance companies and favor competition. There should never be a dollar price placed on the value of a human life.
Left wing: Pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants; moratorium on deportations or prosecutions of undocumented immigrants who are young adults and have no criminal record.
Right wing: No “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants; stronger border patrol and fence to check illegal immigration. Belief that illegal immigration is lowering wages for citizens and documented immigrants.
My position: Canada is a country made up of immigrants. We wouldn’t be the country we are without them. I am the product of immigrant parents that came here to find a better life. Having said that, I don’t have a problem with our current immigration policy. Anyone that says illegal immigration lowers wages for citizens is a hypocrite. The truth is that these illegal immigrants will do the work that other citizens are not willing to do. If they’re willing to come here for a better life and work hard then they should be given all the opportunities for citizenship. What ruffles my feathers is when I see immigrants that have a PHD on how to screw the government ? Our social programs are too lax and taxpayers are on the hook for a family that has five kids and no parent is working.
Left wing: Favor expanded free, public education.
Right wing: Believe parents who want to home-school their kids or send them to private school should be able to get vouchers for opting out of the public school system. Generally not opposed to Public education.
My position: Every child should have access to a free public education, including college and university. This is the way I look at it. This well educated person that had access to free education will eventually find a job, earn a good income, and contribute and give back in the way of taxes. This can also adresss many other issues such as social inequality and end the cycle of poverty in many communities.
Left wing: Generally in favor of abortion rights, and stem cell research.
Right wing: Generally against abortion and opposed to stem cell research.
My position: No one owns a woman’s body. She should have the right to decide whether or not she wants to have an abortion. She should be able to make this decision free of judgement or law.
Left wing: Generally support gay marriage; support anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT against workplace discrimination.
Right wing: Generally opposed to gay marriage; opposed to certain anti-discrimination laws because they believe such laws conflict with certain religious beliefs and restrict freedom of religion.
My position: Take your religious beliefs and shove it up your ass. There is no place in society for any type of hate. Any human being has the right to pursuit happiness, love, and success. Marriage is the union of two people. Who are we to define what is love and if it should only be between a man and a woman ?
Left wing: In favor of gun control laws like background checks or waiting periods before buying a gun; banning automatic weapons; and disallowing concealed weapons.
Right wing: Strongly opposed to gun control laws; strong proponents of the Second Amendment.
My position: NEWS FLASH ! This ain’t the wild west ! Are we really supposed to follow a law that was written 225 years ago ?
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the states.
Come on people, give me a fuckin break. Unless your heading into military battle, there is no reason why anyone should have access to an automatic weapon. I don’t give a shit what you tell me.
So tell me what you think. Am I on the left, centre, or right ?