I consider myself privileged to have been raised by two parents from more or less opposite sides of the political spectrum (at least here in the US). My father has always voted Republican (out of sheer self-interest, working for a defense contractor for the bulk of my childhood). My mother has always voted Democrat.
And yet they didn't fight (well, they fought, but not about that).
So the impression driven into me as a child was that political views are important but nothing to get angry about. It seems to me that a lot of other people got a very different impression growing up. For this I consider myself fortunate.
With a broad brush, I would paint myself Blue. But a little purplish sometimes, on certain issues.
I live in the great state, well, Commonwealth, whatever, of Massachusetts.
My representatives in the U.S. Government are:
My representatives in the Massachusetts State Government are:
I live in: Chelmsford, MA
Issues I Care AboutEdit
Gay Marriage - Pro - If you're going to legally recognize marriage, why not gay marriage? Of course, if you really want a consistent solution and are so scared about "defiling" the religious concept of marriage, then just remove the legal status of marriage altogether. No discrimination, no problems.
Copyright Issues - Against - Ownership is weird, especially in an age of digital media and widespread availability of duplication devices. I say leave your laws at home, let the markets sort it out. I'm afraid that pleas of impending poverty from multi-billion dollar industries (TV, radio, movies, music) don't cut it for me. Quite frankly, these industries are especially suited to trial and error, since they rely on production of new content all the time. As such, let me see a problem before we try making laws to fix it.
Net Neutrality - Pro - It seems hypocritical for me to say "show me a problem" as above and then say that this can of worms shouldn't be opened. But it's just too dangerous in my mind to let people literally squeeze information flow by preferring traffic of people with more money. It's like forcing people to pay to use a special lane on the highway. The good jobs go to the people who can get to work quick, who are the rich people anyways.