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marmanold
marmanold

Nota bene: I currently don’t vote Republican, either. • I’m just saying it would be great to have a party I could vote for without ethical dilemmas. At the present moment, I think it would be a shorter walk for the Democrats to reach a life-affirming political ethic.

garciabuxton
garciabuxton

@marmanold Thanks for saying this. I often vote Democrat, but do so with the ethical dilemmas you note.

marmanold
marmanold

@garciabuxton I find it easier to do in local elections because they have no opportunity to implement their ethics.

garciabuxton
garciabuxton

@marmanold Excellent point.

mjdescy
mjdescy

@marmanold Unfortunately, that is not possible in the US due to how it’s political system works.

Bruce
Bruce

@mjdescy @marmanold @garciabuxton Yep, any First Past The Post Single Member District system will end up creating two parties, unless there is a strong regional base for a third. And in that region, it will end up two party as well, just with one of the national parties competing with the regional one.

So, in the States, the best thing to do is join one of the parties and push it in the direction you believe in. These days the Democrats are pretty much the only reasonable party.

Out of curiosity, what does "life affirming" mean to you?

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marmanold
marmanold

@Bruce A life affirming stance would be against abortion, war, and death penalty. Naturally more to it than that, but that’s top of mind.

Bruce
Bruce

@marmanold I completely agree on the second two. I wish the only "serious" ideas in our foreign policy weren't bombing people to freedom. And, even if one supported the death penalty in the abstract (I don't), it's application in our country is a complete injustice. 😰

I have a lot more to say about abortion, so I posted it to my blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have the time.