I have been asked what I think about particular things so here we go…in no particular order
President Elect Trump: certainly not my first choice but I refuse to buy into the doomsday nonsense. Our system is well designed to make sure no one branch of government gets too much power, try as they do to upset this balance the party system, which has become a corporation all its own, hasn’t been able to change that and I don’t think they will. I think President Trump will come down as uch more centerist or even left of center than hard right. I base that not on what he has said but what he has done over the years.
Hillary Clinton: The Democrats WORST possible choice, but she was promised the nomination when she stepped down for Obama and the DNC delivered on that promise, despite what rank and file party members wanted. The end result she lost. Any other Democrat could have beat Trump.
LGBT: I dunno why this one is even an assue. it is clear to me that I never made a decision to be straight and I believe that they didn’t either. God (for lack of a better term) made them as they are and I have no problem with it. They should have the same rights as everyone else…no more, no less. Something about equal protection under the law.
Race: I live in a mixed race community and we all treat each other the way we want to be treated, we look out for each others property, we keep an eye on the neighborhood and we work together to maintain safety and property values. My neighbor, a wonderful black lady, and I share food we grow on our back decks, we converse and we both see any attempt to separate us because of our race as a divide and conquer tactic and we wont be a party to it. I think thats how most Americans are. Any politician that would attempt to drive a wedge there will never get my support, again it comes to equality she doesn’t expect to be treated differently than I nor I from her, just let us alone to live our lives and prosper.
Drugs: We have a massive overcrowding in our prison system in this country and it is directly related to “The War On Drugs”. I see no reason for marijuana to be illegal, at all. I see no reason to incarcerate people for simply using drugs, that will never fix the problem. When the penalty for using drugs does more damage to an individual than actually using the drugs…the problem is the penalty.
God: I bounce between agnostic and athiest. I am spiritual in my own eyes but not religious, I believe more in the divinity of “mother nature” than any religion. When I hear birds singing, children playing, wind in the leaves, rain on a roof and the sound of water be it surf or stream I am hearing “Gods music”. When I am in the woods or on the ocean and can see or hear nothing man made that is my “church”
Porn: I have no problem with it, obviously but I do think the golden rule applies, you know, do unto others as you would have them do unto you….just because you are in a position to do harm doesn’t mean you should, somewhere along the line porners and performers lost track of that one.
Hunting and Fishing: Everyone knows I am an avid fisherman and SCUBA Diver, I grew up hunting but I dont hunt much anymore because there are no places here to hunt quail anymore and I dont own a bird dog. I don’t much care for venison so deer hunting is out. Bottom line is if you use what you kill, if you eat it, make clothing out of it, or even give it to the needy, I am OK with it. If you do it just to kill or put the head on your wall, shame on you.
There was a time that I would never have thought that I would have accepted a gay man for instance as my equal, but I grew up, I matured, I met and learned about gay people and I saw I was wrong, society had taught me one thing but my experiences taught me quite a different one. That is why I am a strong advocate for allowing everyone who wants it a voice, so long as that voice is reasonable. It is the best way for them to get the same experience I did and to learn and grow. hardly a week goes by that I don’t learn things from my readers, that is one of the things that makes mikesouth.com so satisfying for me and worth what I pay to keep it running.
OK done with the waxing philosophical…