The political rants of a Libertarian and Catholic college student from South Carolina.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

libertarian hypocrisy

I briefly considered becoming a Democrat today after reading an email from the Libertarian party, protesting how anti-hate crime legislation has protected a Satanist from being beat up. "But he's a Satanist! This is political correctness run amok!" I don't understand their position on that. Unless he was trying to sacrifice babies to the dark lord, live and let live, I say. If he was a pothead the Libertarian Party would be defending him. The way I see it, it's hypocrisy.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

introduction

First of all, happy New Year!

As part of my New Year's Resolutions, I've decided to make some attempt to move my political rantings from my Live Journal to their own little internet home. The title of this blog is from a quote in P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores: "It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money." It seems like an appropriate title, as that book probably defined my early political beliefs as much as anything.

But yes, introducing myself. I'm currently a junior at the College of Charleston--political science and history major, English minor. Seeing as it's not as easy as one might suspect to get a job as a professional pundit, I'm debating a number of politically-oriented career paths, including working for a non-profit political association, the foreign service, or teaching at the college level. I've always been very interested in American politics, but I'm increasingly interested in Asian and Middle Eastern politics as well. I spent almost a month in China last summer as part of a study abroad program through my school, and I hope to spend some more time there in the future.

I've lived in South Carolina for most of my life, excepting my birth and a few months thereafter when I lived in Richmond, VA, and my freshman year of college, which I spent at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA. I went to high school in Columbia, where my parents still live. My father is a native New Yorker who loves Anne Coulter; my mother is a born-and-raised South Carolinian who's addicted to Home & Garden Television. Contrary to what you might assume, if you've never ventured down here, my parents do not have Southern accents and they don't live in a trailer or shop exclusively at Wal-Mart. Although my father does watch Nascar. Regularly. I have no idea why.

But on to my political beliefs, because that's what this blog is going to be all about. I am a registered, paper card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party and the ACLU. I would describe my politically beliefs as socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Here's a sampling of my opinions on a few issues. Keep in mind that I'm not sure which ones of these I'll end up discussing in depth here.
--Abortion: Pro-choice, but with some limitations--I was in favor of the ban on partial birth abortion, and I believe in requiring parental consent for minors.
--Censorship: Against, in almost every case.
--Death Penalty: I have very mixed feelings on this issue. I tend to view it from a case-by-case basis.
--Education: Okay, I'm kind of socialist on this one, at least in comparison with all my other political opinions. I would very much like to see the institution of some kind of national standards for education, more powers given to the Department of Education, stricter certification requirements and higher salaries for teachers, etc.
--Gay Marriage: Very much pro
--Kerry vs. Bush: Neither, I threw my vote away on Michael Badnarik. Stan on South Park said it best: "I think voting is great, but if the choice is between a douche and a turd, I just don't see the point."
--Legalization of Marijuana: Pro. And I've never smoked pot.
--Patriot Act: Very against.
--Social Security: In favor of privatization.
--Taxes: In favor of a flat tax. Against replacing the income tax with a national sales tax.
--War in Iraq: Against, but not enough to go out and protest it.
I hate the Christian right. I would be a Republican, but I feel they have destroyed the Christian right. Oh, and I'm currently in the process of converting to Catholicism, after being raised non-church going Methodist. Weren't expecting that, were you?

Yup, you heard it right: I am a Southernor, a Libertarian, and a Catholic. You might think that all three of these things are mutually exclusive, but I disagree. Which is probably a lot of what this blog is going to be about.