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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 01:57 am
It's that time of year again.

Time to start talking politics. Election Day in the US is just a few weeks away. Unfortunatly, I've been too busy to ponder the issues as deeply as I'd like. But I do have some nice fluffy quiz results to share, and a link or two to some articles/sites that I think provide food for thought.

First, the quiz, which I grabbed from buongiornodaisy:

You scored as Old School Democrat. Old school Democrats emphasize economic justice and opportunity. The Democratic ideal is best summarized by the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

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Old School Democrat

75%

Socially Conservative Republican

70%

Foreign Policy Hawk

65%

Green

60%

Pro Business Republican

60%

New Democrat

55%

Libertarian

45%

What's Your Political Philosophy?
created with QuizFarm.com


As happens to me often on political quizzes, my results seem to suffer from dissociative identity disorder.

Anyway...here are the links.

A couple of posts by Patterico about the Iraq war that I've been mulling over:

1. Phil Carter is back from Iraq, and has an op-ed in the New York Times that you can read here. Any supporter of the war needs to read it. Carter says:

The war I knew was infinitely more complex, contradictory and elusive than the one described in the network news broadcasts or envisioned in the new field manual. When I finally left Baquba, the violent capital of Iraq’s Diyala Province, I found myself questioning many aspects of our mission and our accomplishments, both in a personal search for meaning and a quest to gather lessons that might help those soldiers who will follow me.


2. I have probably never agreed with Goldberg as totally as I do in this opening passage. He puts into words several concepts that I have been thinking myself lately — namely, the war was a mistake given what we know now, but it was the right call based on what we knew at the time.

And a recent article from the Sojourners blog; the comments occupied my mind as much as, if not more than, the original article, so I recommend reading them as well:

But the wind is changing at Bethel, and among a new generation of evangelical students across the country. Yesterday was a dramatic demonstration of that change, one that will be most significant for both faith and politics in America.

I started my day at Bethel by speaking in chapel and asking a new generation to "clear up the confusion" in this nation about what it means to follow Jesus. I asked them if they wanted to be true evangelicals, defined by the root meaning of the word "evangel," which literally means "good news."


My own comment on the article debunks a false soundbite that has been a pet peeve of mine since 2004, so I'm reproducing it here for the benefit of my flist:

Abortions did not increase under Bush. Here is the article at FactCheck.Org debunking the claim: http://www.factcheck.org/ article...rticle330m.html

The article explains why the CDC's numbers are not helpful in determining the truth of the matter. Our best source of info on abortion statistics is the Guttmacher Institute, and their numbers show the claim to be false.

I don't necessarily disagree with the idea that there are important ways society can discourage abortion without totally prohibiting it (although I personally believe it should be prohibited legally as well as prevented by other means). I would like to see that position supported by facts, however, rather than information that is demonstrably false.


Joie

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warrioreowyn
warrioreowyn
warrioreowyn
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)

Wow, another pro-lifer on the internet! I've been practically a minority of one every time I've participated in that debate online.

Good articles. The one about Bethel makes me feel a lot more hopeful about Christianity in the US - and (unlike here) the church in the US is large enough to really make a political difference if/when it really starts standing up on poverty and justice issues.

I took the quiz and got Green, which I wasn't expecting!


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major_dallas
major_dallas
Nate the Great
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)

I took the quiz and got Social Conservtie Republican, its kind of funny considering some of my views...

As to the abortion issue, well I usually steer clear of that debate, its a very charged one, though if you note how I scored on the test there you'll have an idea about my feelings on it.

Good reply by the way. Thanks for sharing :)


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dome36
dome36
dome36
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)

hymnia

I scored as a "New Democrat". It seems that our political visions have some common values :)

BTW: I deeply admire FDR!

Dome


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sannalim
sannalim
Chem TA Toni
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)

Heh. I came up as a "New Democrat" followed by "Old Democrat" and then "Socially Conservative Republican"--the last being what I personally class myself as.


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kawaiinekochi
kawaiinekochi
kawaiinekochi
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)

I agree with you on the abortion issue, one-hundred percent. It is the largest issue I stand for.


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kawaiinekochi
kawaiinekochi
kawaiinekochi
Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)

Oh yeah, I did that quiz and it is somewhat correct, but in my case, none of these would be literally correct. Where's Middle Ground?


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