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I'm an individual of eclectic tastes, strong convictions, deep faith, but none of them what anyone would say are "mainstream". I dance to my own tune, staying silent as long as things are going well, being vocal when they don't, and taking over when others can't.
I believe in personal responsibility and accountability. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, but at the same time, you have to lend a hand up to some who through no fault of their own lands on hard times.
I'm politically a militant moderate in that I loathe the left and despise the right for the simple fact neither knows how to run the country - as is evidenced by our current economic plight. I believe the left wing is incompetent because they can't seem to implement a plan without it costing more than the budget allows. I believe the right wing is evil, because it always benefits the wealthy, usually to the detriment of everyone and everything else.
I am religiously non-Christian, defend my right to my religion, and fight against the imposition of other religions upon me in ANY "moralistic" way. My convictions tell me not to spread my religion and my sensibilities force me to tell you to keep yours to yourself, too.
I am biased and opinionated, but I base my opinions on facts and consider them well grounded. I'm always open to new facts and will change my opinions and biases accordingly, as should any rational, thinking human being. But if you assail my opinions, you had better have facts that support your position that are as well researched as mine.
I'm not an easy person to get to know. I'm slow to trust, and my respect has to be earned. I am unimpressed by titles. I am more likely to be impressed by actual accomplishments.
I believe at the heart of it, we're all human and basically want the same things: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The only trick is to determine exactly how one goes about getting those things.
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
I just finished reading The Great Right-Wing Conspiracy and I was really impressed with what this author had to say. Some of his observations were quite astute and he pointed out things that I never noticed before, but once he made connections to how the US got to where we are now with our economy, it just seemed so obvious - and inevitable. He talks common sense and the fact that he doesn't claim a strong allegiance to any particular political party makes his ultimate conclusion more believable to me....that the Republican party is EVIL.
Another thing about this book is that the author doesn't want you to just take his word for what he says, he strongly encourages you to do your own research which brings me to the one possible detriment here that could maybe be seen as a bit of a double edge sword, and that is this book is well annotated....VERY well annotated. Unless you're retired or otherwise have a lot of time on your hands, a person isn't realistically going to read up on every little annotation listed here. I did read a couple of them at random to see how accurately he represented the facts stated in the book and found them to be spot on but are they all that accurate? One would have to check them all to make sure so it's hard to say, and time consuming to do, but my personal opinion is that all of the facts stated in this book are probably pretty darn accurate.
When I first read the preview of this book I thought it was going to be just another bitch session about what's wrong with our country. But after reading the complete preview I knew I had to read the whole book. This guy not only defines the problems our country is experiencing, he also outlines ways for getting our country out of the mess it's in and, again, his conclusions make complete sense to me.
I'm pretty sure not everyone will feel as I do after reading this book but I came away thinking maybe there is still hope for the US and that when it comes to getting our country back on track, I wish this guy was the one doing it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)