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Reaffirmation of Liberal Principles

September 3rd, 2004 Posted in Politics

Reading conservative blogs gives me a very sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. But the truth is, I get that sick feeling when I read a lot of liberal blogs too. I’m tired of the state of politics in this country. People view each other as enemies, and not as opponents. Liberals demonize conservatives, and vice versa. No one talks about the real issues at stake; people are too busy arguing about who served in a war that took place 35 years ago and who used a dirty word. Politcians like McCain, who refuse to play the smear game, are in turn attacked by both sides. The truth is there are some fundamental differences in the way conservatives and liberals view the world, and those differences are what should really dictate who you vote for. All that other stuff is just noise.

Hopefully without this seeming too Charlie Kane, I’d like to lay down what I believe are the tenets of my liberal worldview. These are my personal beliefs.

  • I believe that the ultimate goal of civilization should be to make every human being alive healthy, wealthy, educated and happy to the best extent we can.
  • I believe that no human being has any inherent worth greater than another, regardless of race, nationality, creed, or sexual orientation.
  • I believe that as a member of a privileged few and owing that position solely to the circumstances of my birth, it is my responsibility to contribute back to the society that has privileged me.
  • I believe that it is the responsibilty of all governments to maintain an active and ongoing effort to rectify social and economic inequities in both their domestic societies and the global one, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and the uneven distribution of wealth.
  • I believe that it should be the goal of the United States’ foreign policy to achieve a safe, just, equitable and sustainable global society in this new century. I furthermore believe that the best manner in which to do so is to work not toward maintaining US supremacy as the sole superpower, but rather to embrace globalization and the new information age and assist developing nations in becoming healthy, democratic, and envoironmentally friendly members of the global community. This includes our potential economic rivals of India, China, and the former Soviet republics.
  • I believe that there is no empirical evidence to support the existence of a higher power, and that individual worth is therefore not innate but rather based solely on social interactions.
  • I believe that there is no empirical evidence for a universal moral compass, and that the moral conduct that society dictates is therefore immensely important.
  • I believe that society should dictate what conduct is good or bad based on what is most effective in advancing our civilization. The determination of these principals should be empirical, based on the scientific method, and constantly reevaluated.
  • I believe religion should never dictate social principles, but rather serve to dissemenate those principles chosen as explained above.

One thing I don’t believe is that I am absolutely right. I have arrived at these beliefs during my short time on this planet. These issues are complex and a case can always be made for another viewpoint. Most importantly, I remember that someone who takes a different viewpoint than myself is most likely working towards the same goals I am; the establishment of an enlightened global society.

That said, I believe John Kerry is more in line with these beliefs than George Bush, and that’s why I’m voting for him.


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