So TCOverride (that would be Captain Zeigenfuss at From My Position... On the Way), sends a meme. His answers are HERE.1. What issues are going to be most critical in the next Presidential election?
Immigration ('cause I live in Arizona and see first hand the impact it has on quality of life for Americans), Iran (because they were scary before they were pursuing nukes), Iraq (because people have lost faith and are getting antsy), Social Security ('cause I'd like to collect mine), the economy (because we're retired and a strong economy is good for us... and for our children so they don't want or need to move back in with us.)
2. Should convicted felons re-gain rights to vote, own or carry guns, hold public office, and serve on a jury?
No. That's supposed to be part of the punishment and deterrent to anti-social behavior (which is what all felonies are. Jail alone doesn't seem to deter career criminals but who knows what element of society that does respond to the combination of all or some of these?
3. Should the government legalize illicit drugs, thereby allowing tax revenues and easing the burden on prisons for drug-related crimes?
If we were talking about drugs that allowed people to still be productive, working, contributing and taxpaying members of society that could also care for and be fiscally responsible for their families and actually reduced crime... OK. But I challenge someone to tell me which drugs that are currently illegal that allows that to occur? You are talking about addictive substances that are sought for the mind altering effects. How can you be a junkie/addict spending your money on dope and still work, pay taxes, care for your family, and pay the bills. Then you have a whole new "audience" for these highly addictive but now legal drugs. Maybe we should only let the government control the supply, sale and price so as to funnel the billions away from the black market? I think this is a Pandora's box best left locked.
4. What is the best thing that ever happened to you, outside of marriage, and children?
Well, that's silly because my husband and my children are what I measure the rest of my life against. If I have to pick, my siblings and my friends (those I already know and those I've yet to meet).
5. If you had one wish, what would it be?
I wish for World Peace and love for everyone. Really. I am so tired of all the hate and partisanship based on political party, race, religion, geography... I am a child of the early 50's -- just coming out of WWII, then there was the Korean War (spare me the "conflict, not war"), Vietnam, Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, OEF, OIF... I'm sure there are more I'm not mentioning but it's late and I've had Easter Punch and my historical time line (and my head) are all fuzzy. Tired of wars and conflicts. Tired of who's fighting and tired of worrying about who's spoiling for a fight. Tired of hate and intolerance. Just want Peace and Love. For everyone.
Thanks, Chuck! Hope you're feeling better! See you at the Milblog Conference later this week!
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