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Monday, November 14, 2005

Finding myself.

I often have to reflect on where I stand politically. Who am I? More importantly WHAT am I?

I am socially liberal; I believe that person should be able to do basically whatever they want as long as it doesnt hurt anyone else.

I am fiscally conservative; I believe in low taxes, small government, and basically no federal spending.

I may not be a Democrat, they cant keep spending and taxes undercontrol. I am not a Republican, they cant keep spending and taxes undercontrol and are against personal freedom.

So lets move to the third parties:
Green- I think not, hell I used to drive a Camaro, and at the height of the gas issues I bought a car that is even less efficent.
Socialist- HA do I even need to dignify this? Now where is my check.
Prohibition Party- Wow these get even more absurd and I am even skipping the ones that are too far out there.

So that leaves me with one realistic party. Am I... a libertarian? Yes, sort of. The tough question is does one allign themself with a political party that is bound to not win the big one? (As a Philly sports fan the answer would seem to be an obvious yes) Or do you allign yourself with a party that can win and try to change it from the inside? There is no answer and if anyone has one, please let me know and I will post it up.

Couple of other things.

John McCain was just on the Daily Show being real good and avoiding questions about 2008 like a fox.
Here is a fun link about political parties
And here is a fun (to me but probably not to anyone else) quiz about what political ideology you have:

I am going to be posting more over at My posting here may slack a bit but I am going to try my hardest not to if there is ever not a post here just check over at Web Pundit and chance are there is something in my section over there. If I do slack it will probably go from 6 days a week here down to 4.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Smenis -

Just a few comments on your post. First, I do think that support for terrorism in the Middle East is going to decline but the attacks in Jordan are not going to have as great of an effect as you might think. Jordan is a very pro-Western Arab country; infact, it is regarded as the most Pro-western. King Abdullah and the USA have established a very close relationship.

As a result, a number of terrorist attacks have been attempted and fortunately, foiled in Jordan. al-Zarqawi is a Jordanian National and he has vowed to make Jordan pay for its support of the war in Iraq. His ability to strike outside of the warzone was never in question. Unfortunately, I do not think that the people who have supported the terrorists thus far will be conversely influenced by the Arab on Arab violence.

As awful as the attacks on coalition forces have been in Iraq, the true brutality and senseless violence has come in the form of Shia-Sunni terrorism. Just today, nearly 90 people were killed in a suicide attack on a funeral party. Anybody who is perceived as supporting the new gov't is seen as the enemy. The likes of Al-Qaeda in Iraq attack ruthlessly, using people who quite literally know no better. The insurgents are made up of desperate people, the easily manipulated and the impoverished. the core of the problem, I believe, is the ease with which the al-Zarqawis use US-led policies in the Arab world to their advantage.

I'm living in Egypt right now. The Arab people are as friendly as any I've ever met. It is very important for people to know that Muslims and Arabs are NOT the bad guys. Most of these people will tell you, and show you, that they love Americans but hate W and the American policies in the Middle East/Arab World (Egypt, by the way, is not the Middle East). We, as westerners need to keep this same perspective. This is a difficult issue to enter into conversation about here: on the one hand there are a lot of misconceptions about the West here and on the other hand there are a lot of misconceptions about the Arab world in the states. What I've come to realize is that our gov't and our media feeds us very little objective information. The same goes here and as a result, there is no such thing as "being on the same page" factually. What does exist, though, is the ability to have the same ideals and desire the same things: peace and trust. Until our policies change and thus gain the trust of the Arab world, I don't think that a true end to the terrorist threat will even be in site. Infact, I think that it will still get worse before it gets better.

I was in Jordan just 4 days before the bombings and the people were amazing. The country is accepting and open. They want to see peace in Iraq, they support the idea of a relationship with America, but they still cannot understand the way we have handled the war. Their optimism and ability to look beyond nationality, ethnicity and religion was inspiring. It was a sad night for me here in Cairo as reports of the Amman attacks came in. The protests were a testament to the Jordanian ideals and their ability to look beyond the spin that Western and Arab gov't/media force upon us respectively.

What I do hope to see come out of the bombings is the commitment of other Arab governments to ending this worldwide crisis; but, as those commitments harden, I think that the terrorists will extend their reach to those countries. In Cairo, a meeting of the Arab League is underway. It will be interesting to see how the leaders of these countries decide to handle the issues at hand; I would say it's a critical meeting. Will they put pressure on Syria (is Syria really even a problem? What will a country like Lebanon commit to? What will the prevailing attitude towards the West be? The White Phosphorous issue weighs heavily on the minds of the people here. We are royally screwing up and it's horrible knowing that our soliders are paying the price for this. On a much lesser note, it's a shame that our country, once thought of as a bastion for freedom, a beacon of democratic light, a just and wise (pre-vietnam to be honest) enforcer of world order, is having its reputation shredded by Bush, his cronies, and their collectively ignorant, selfish and belligerent policies (this does not let the dems off the hook, by the way. The opposition, as a voice in America has been inept).

ehhh, kerrect?

6:18 PM  

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