My biggest political influence is definitely from the college community. The peers that I’ve had are the biggest ones. I think that a lot of people think that people go to college and become liberalized by teachers. For me, it was the discussions I had with students. I got active in politics and was able to be very involved at school. It was very eye opening. I love the diverse thoughts. My school was in a very conservative area, but there were a lot of liberal minded people that went to school there. It kind of evens itself out to where you could get a good understanding of the whole political sphere. I lean more liberal, especially on social issues but I try to be understanding of most ideologies.
It’s hard because I feel like nowadays you can’t really trust anyone. Are they saying it to get elected? Are they saying it because they actually mean it? I don’t know. Especially with this last election, you vote against the other person. You don’t vote for someone. I just hate the way politics is with that. It’s hard to talk about it because that’s not the real issue. It’s not what I stand for anymore, it’s what I stand against. I hate that.
I believe in change. I want to grow, I want to progress. I feel like the right paints the left as anti-American or anti-constitutional but we’re not. We just want to grow it. At least in my opinion. I think we are progressing and moving with the times, but still honoring the past and trying to stick as close as we can to that. That’s what I try to think at least.
I personally think this issue is not about abortion at all but rather about comprehensive sex education. By providing better resources to individuals, the need for abortion will decline. But until then, and really forever, there should be access for women to choose whether or not they want to have a child. I don't think this world is fit for children in homes where they are 1) not wanted, and 2) not able to provide well for them both financially and holistically. Adoption is definitely preferred but our foster system is drastically flawed and kids are placed back in unfit homes way too often than is good for them. I used to think I would never encourage anyone to get an abortion and that I am definitely pro-life yet pro-choice in regards to allowing women the choice to do as they see fit. I believe my views have shifted and I am definitely pro-choice and could see myself bringing that up as an option to a loved one that would consider it. We need to provide a better world for these children before we force them on people because the sad reality is that so many people are only pro-life until they come out of the womb then the lives of those children no longer matter. I prefer to care about their lives when they are brought into it rather than when conceived.
For me LGBTQ rights is obviously a big one. It goes with individualism. You’ve got people's identities. We should be able to live in a society together. That should be an expectation. It's hard because I don't think you should force people. At the same time, the government should honor all identities. How do they do that? I don’t know. If people are blatantly seeking to undermine that, that’s a big hard no. That’s where it’s definitely an issue.
As far as being a member of that community, I can honestly say, if it was a choice, I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be gay. I mesh so much better with women and I’ve been single so long so I think that alone is proof.
I don’t want to say I don’t want to be gay, because I’ve accepted who I am and I embrace it. But I would have never chosen this life or this path because I honestly hate the experience I’ve had to go through. I’ve learned from it and I’m grateful for who I’ve become because of it and I am learning and I’m trying to embrace it. I can only speak for myself even though I can imagine other people are feeling the same, but I honest to god wish I was straight because my life would be so much easier. I would probably have a family by now. I would probably have all of the things that people dream of. Having a life where you can just settle down and do what you want to do, but I can’t have that. I can, but I have to work harder. It’s hard to find a meaningful relationship especially because I have so many self-confidence issues with other things.
I definitely wouldn’t have chosen this, that’s all I can say. I don’t hate myself for it anymore, but if I could flip a switch and be straight I would and I honestly wish I could some days. I am what I am. I accept it and I move on.
Black Lives DO Matter, period. If people really believed that all lives mattered, they would also be worried about LGBTQ lives, poor lives, homelessness, individuals at the boarder, war, etc but obviously people are not ready to have that conversation. Black lives need to be valued more that the system is currently treating them. We need to take a look back into history and find out ways to help repair the harm we as a nation did to create systematic difficulties to their lives.
Capitalism in it's truest form is wrong. Free-market capitalism is focused on one thing, profit. If you can make a profit, you are good to go. History has shown us the harm that is on individuals which is why we have eight hour work days, over time requirements, safety precautions, health benefits, benefits in general, interest regulations, etc. I am not pro socialism, but definitely not for capitalism either. This is a topic where compromise is essential.
Some people are all for socialism on the left, some people aren’t, but then the right always paints the left as socialists. I am not super socialist. I do believe in some socialist programs, but overall I don’t think the government should be very big. I wonder how we can get certain social programs, but still not have the government be too big?
This might be controversial, but I do believe in the 2nd amendment. I’m pro-guns to a certain degree. It’s one of those things where I am right, but I am also left because I believe in gun control to a certain degree. There should be things that you should have to do before you get a gun. It shouldn’t be a full on right. It should be more like driving. It’s a privilege. It shouldn’t be taken away, but we should still have measures in place to make sure that it's safe. It’s a very touchy subject.