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My political ideals

I’ve been thinking of something to write an actual post about for a while, and I’ve been thinking and posting on Twitter about politics a lot lately, so I figured that would be my best bet. My politics have taken a pretty major turn in the last decade or so. I was a fairly staunch libertarian for a long time, but I came to see where I was misguided in those views. I’ve always been socially liberal, but I was fiscally conservative for a long time. I’ve realized that fiscal conservatism basically doesn’t really exist anymore, and I’ve come to believe that governments job is to do good for it’s people, not to do nothing.   So this is mostly going to be bullet pointed, and it may be updated from time to time. It also will be all over the place.


  • Universal healthcare is a must. For profit healthcare should be non-existent, and this would also eliminate the issue we have around here, which is major hospital systems and insurance companies being owned by the same entity. I don’t think that should legal in any way, and it’s morally reprehensible. (I’m looking at you UPMC and Highmark). This includes mental health of all sorts, addiction rehab, and free, readily available birth control
  • There should be no private or for-profit prisons. To me, this is a human rights violation.
  • All elections should be publicly funded. Keep the money out of politics.
  • Corporate personhood should be eliminated immediately.
  • There needs to be more protections for labor, and union busting and other anti-union actions by companies should be illegal. Corporations are not your friend.
  • The federal defense budget should be cut in half, and that money should be diverted to healthcare and education.
  • All faith-based organizations should be taxed. That money should go to healthcare and education.
  • Faith-based education should be strictly regulated to ensure that educational standards are met.
  • Minimum wage should be raised to a living wage. No one who works for a living should live in poverty.
  • Public universities should be free.
  • Marijuana should be legalized and regulated.
  • Prostitution should be legalized and regulated.
  • Mentions of “God” need to be removed from our money and from the pledge.
  • The house and senate chaplain positions should be eliminated.
  • One year paid maternity and paternity leave for all new parents
  • Common sense gun laws.
  • Internet access needs to be reclassified as a public utility and regulated as such. Net Neutrality is vital in this.
  • All citizens should be automatically registered to vote at their 18th birthday.
  • Banks that are deemed “too big to fail” should be broken up, as should any monopolistic entity.
  • While I’m not for isolationism, I feel that the US should not be the worlds police force.  I think more emphasis needs to be put into NATO and the UN.
  • There needs to be more funding for public education, and common sense standards.
  • No tax dollars or public funding of any kind should go to private schools, including that public schools should not be responsible for transportation of students within their borders who choose to attend a private school.
  • The rights of women, minorities and LGBTQ people must be upheld.
  • Alternative energy research should be incentivized so that we can move away from fossil fuels.
  • Arts and science funding, including NASA and the National Endowment for the Arts needs to be increased.
  • Comprehensive sex education needs to be taught in schools. Not the abstinence only bullshit that’s there right now. Parents should not be allowed to decline this, as it’s a public health issue.
  • Election day should be a Federal Holiday
  • There should be a free public daycare and pre-k option

My Top Ten albums of all time

It’s been a while since I’ve made an actual post, so I figured I’d write something up.

For anyone who knows me, music is a very important part of my life, and has been for as long a I can remember. So I figured I would write up a list of my top ten albums. These are not in order, as that would be impossible, as it was barely possible for me to even do this. Two of them are compilations, but they had a profound effect on me, so they’re included

  • Descendents – ALL
  • ALL – Breaking Things
  • Sebadoh – Bakesale
  • Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand
  • Mountain Goats – Tallahassee
  • Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site
  • Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Soul For Rock and Roll
  • Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R
  • Leatherface – Horsebox

And because this is my blog and I can do what I want, here are my honorable mentions:

  • Samiam – Astray
  • Get Up Kids – On a Wire
  • Drag The River – You Can’t Live This Way
  • Armchair Martian – Monsters Always Scream
  • Alcest – Kodama