Steve Hutchison (foomf) wrote,
Steve Hutchison

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The (fake) Controversy Meme

[01] Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
I'll rename it for truth. What does "guts" have to do with it?

[02] Would you do meth if it were legal? For me, as a narcoleptic, it COULD be legal as I could get a prescription for it, but I wouldn't use it to keep awake because it has horrible side effects.

[03] Abortion: for or against it? The old saying: If men could become pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. I am not "for" abortion as such, nor am I against its practice in some circumstances.
If, some day, we get a technology that supports safely and harmlessly moving a placenta to an artificial womb where it could finish developing, I would say that it should be allowed in every instance to do that. Lacking that technology, I think it is the right of any woman to determine whether or not to continue HER pregnancy in HER body, up to the point where the fetus has developed enough. The law is clear and well reasoned in that regard - through the third month, the end of the first trimester, as measured by the development of the fetus, and a fetus is NOT a baby, thank you very much, nor does an abortion always "still a beating heart". I also support the right for medically necessary abortion after the first trimester (with the emphasis on early surgical birth and preemie care if that's possible), and for abortion in the case of rape or incest, though with counseling in the later cases.

[04] Do you think the world would fail with a female president? To quote my friend Barb: A woman president of the world? Is that a new office? And define "fail."
I think the USA would do well with a new president who is not part of the weird group which is currently in power, and I think that a woman could do the job just as well as a man.

[05] Do you believe in the death penalty? It exists, why should I not believe in it? Do I support it? Only if someone comes up with a way to reverse it in cases where there was a mistake and it is later discovered. Yes, I do realize that this would be considered in conflict with my views on abortion stated above, but again, I do not believe that a fetus is a baby, any more than I believe that an appendix is.

[06] Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already? YES. Under the same general rules as alcohol.

[07] Are you for or against premarital sex? What a stupidly phrased question. In general? This is one of those things where it's entirely a function of the culture and the definition of marriage in that culture (and there are some where it's different than the Judeo-Christian-European nuclear model.)
In my own culture it's clearly none of my business whether someone else engages in it (though it's sometimes a bad idea, and there are ethical and religious reasons for most people to try to minimize it.)
For myself? I was a virgin when I was married. So was Penny.

[08] Do you believe in God? Yes. God believes in me, too. (quoting Barb again)

[09] Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized? I think that if the government is in the business of controlling the contractual side of marriage, that the constitution prohibits the government from deciding the gender and number of the participants. Churches and other religious organizations may endorse or sanctify the spiritual/ritual side, but do not have anything to say to the contractual side, and the religious reasons for controlling gender and number of participants CANNOT be used to determine what the government side says, or it becomes the government establishing a religion.

[10] Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA? Another stupid question! OK, more of a slanted, crappy question. What does "So Many" mean here?
Do I think it's wrong that Mexicans, Latin Americans, and South Americans wish to come here because they can better their lives? No, not at all. Do I think it's wrong that they're forced to do so because of the consequences of the economic policies of the USA and their broken governments? Hell yes. Do I think that it's wrong that they are treated as criminals for coming here? Yeah, actually, I do think that someone who comes here with the desire to become a citizen should not be probibited because some fear-crazed white racist in the 1900s decided that the Race Was Becoming Tainted.

[11] A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it? If she's 12 and actually gave birth to a baby, then she's not a girl, she's a woman. And it really depends on her physical and emotional maturity, and on the situation that caused the baby, and on her living situation. If she becomes pregnant at 12 (and that's WAY early even in our over-precocious modern society) it would be medically better for her to terminate the pregnancy as early as possible. If she's already had the baby and her parents or guardians haven't been charged with child abuse for permitting/forcing her to go through with it, then they are responsible for caring for both the girl and the baby, ensuring that the girl completes her schooling through at least community college (because in this case high school would NOT be enough) and ensuring that she has a loving, supportive family to help her deal with the whole thing. If they cannot provide those things, then it's better in the long run for her and the baby to be raised by other families, but the mother should be permitted to know the child if she wants to, and the child should be permitted to know who was birthMommy and spermDonorDaddy and be able to find out critical information about their medical histories.

[12] Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen? What an illiterate question! Should the age at which someone is permitted to purchase alcoholic beverages be lowered to 18? Yes, but with a provisional permit, and much more care and training such that these younger people know the effects, and know the effects of drinking on their own ability to drive, on their judgement, etc. As it stands, it's not uncommon for someone 16 or older to attend parties where alcohol is freely available, and most of the stupidity that arises is due to unfamiliarity and the "thrill of the forbidden" ... teenage rebellion and booze shouldn't mix. If it's not rebellious then it's less likely to be misused.

[13] Should the war in Iraq be called off? It's impossible to do that now, because just removing the US and UN troops would not "end" the war, because the Iraqi government (such as it is) maintains an ongoing internal battle, which is largely being agitated and supported by militants from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and a number of other Sinai Peninsula countries. Should the US withdraw our troops? Yes, and the Iraqis should choose an actual government, and in an ideal world, remove all the militant Imams from any place where they can do anything (whatever that takes).

[14] Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree? I live in Oregon. It's legal here. We voted that law into place in a constitutional referendum. It's also working quite well, with very few actual uses of the drugs, and despite frantic attempts to find situations where it's been abused, the anti- groups have been unable to find any convincing evidence that it has ever been misused.

[15] Do you believe in spanking your children? I have no children. I do not believe spanking actually ever made me do anything except fear and hate the person doing the spanking. It never changed my future actions - but then I was seldom spanked for anything that made sense. I know that frequent positive rewards and very very infrequent, non-violent negative reinforcement, have always worked better.
Unlike my friend Barb, I HAVE noted that "cuffing" works with cats - but you have to do it the same way cats do it, or it's just gibberish to them. (Cuffing is a slap, no harder than a cat would do, to the face or nose, accompanying a hiss or growl.)

[16] Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars? Depends on the condition of the flag, and whether or not it's being done as a publicity stunt. A flag is a piece of cloth, and not a voodoo doll; burning a flag as a political statement is, for me, only a statement about my right to make political statements. Burning a flag which is too damaged to be used or displayed, and which has no historical value, is the official, proper method for disposal, although I might consider shredding it and using the fiber to make rag paper. If someone were to offer me a million dollars to do so? I'd need to know what their ulterior motive was.

[17] Who do you think would make a better president? Obama or McCain? I think McCain would have been a better president than the corrupt, venal idiot we got in 2000. I think Obama will be a better president now as we don't need another Reagan (and didn't need the first one).

[18] Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers? Afraid? Of what? I already know people will judge me from reading my answers, and that they would do so no matter what I answered.

[19] A mother is declared innocent after murdering her 5 children in a temporary insanity case...what do you think? I think (theoretically) it's horrible that she suffered from that temporary insanity and that she will be burdened for life with the guilt from having killed her children, and I think (theoretically) it's horrible that she killed her children, and I think (NOT theoretically) that "innocent due to temporary insanity" is a stupid legal construct. "Guilty but insane" is a much better construct, especially coupled with treatment and in some cases, making restitution to the victims when possible.

[20] It's between you and a person who is being kept alive by life support has to die? ANOTHER illiterate question! Is it even remotely possible for the originators of these troll-memes to actually write grammatically correct English?

Is this asking "Should I kill this person by turning off their life support"? Because, that entirely depends on what the situation is. A person who requires kidney dialysis - is being kept alive by life support machines! A person in an iron lung? Kept alive by life support! A person in intensive surgery, quite often being kept alive by life support machines!

If this is the cliche, "should someone be permitted to impoverish their family by being kept alive by life support machines and other heroic measures even though they won't ever recover" ... that's up to them, based on what they've asked for, and if they haven't said what they wanted, then it's really necessary to assume that they want to go on living in hopes of a recovery. However, it should not ever impoverish the family to use technology and heroic measures to sustain life; that's something that should be covered by some other funding resource. And, in cases where it can be shown that they are truly, irrecoverably brain-dead, then yes, they should be allowed to die naturally, whether or not some idiot fraud-appointed president decides that he must preserve life at all costs, oh except in the case of prisoners on death row who gotta die die die.


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