I Believe, Part Thirteen–The Political Edition

by kim on March 18, 2010 · 16 comments

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I figured it was time to let you know where I stand politically.

  • I believe that every child has a right to a free, quality K-12 education.
  • I believe that every worker has the right to join a union and demand better working conditions, pay and benefits.
  • I believe every citizen has the right to affordable health care, ideally a universal plan to cover all citizens in order to ensure optimum quality and cost control.
  • I believe every parent has a right to affordable child care.
  • I believe every soldier has the right to fight only when needed, guard only when just and receive praise whenever possible.
  • I believe every teacher has the right to smaller class sizes and larger paychecks.
  • I believe every woman has the right to determine her reproductive present and future.
  • I believe that every citizen has the right to reasonably affordable higher education.
  • I believe that every person has the right to love anyone they choose, regardless of race, creed, gender or other defining characteristic.
  • I believe that our children have the right to live in a world free from racism, sexism, elitism and any other negative -isms.
  • I believe in the right to free speech, free press and free religion–even if I don’t like the way in which you exercise that right.
  • I believe in responsible gun ownership–which means tighter controls on gun ownership.
  • I believe in the separation of church and state.

What do you believe?

You can check out the other parts of the “I Believe” series here:  Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six , Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part TenPart Eleven and Part Twelve.

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Nora_L March 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I believe that we have almost exact replicas of where we stand :)

I'm so with you on the health care & education topics, women's right to choose, a human's right to choose who they love. I sometimes wonder how we ever got to this place where we are now where certain laws prohibit freedoms and keep others from getting healthy and educated. So frustrating. I really don't think this is what our founding fathers would have wanted.

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liskevanlill March 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

My mum would definitely agree with you on the 6th point, as she herself is a teacher. That's one of the reasons I decided not to go into teaching myself (please note I said 'ONE' of the reasons). I agree with all of your points, and always love reading your “I Believe” posts (as I do reading all of your posts). Point number 7 also touches me greatly – I still haven't found out whether or not I do have endometriosis, but I strongly believe it to be a 'yes'.

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saralang March 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I couldn't have said it better myself

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YogaforCynics March 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I believe you just lost your place on Sarah Palin's blogroll…

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Ginger March 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

All I can really add is…Ditto!

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Andhari March 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I agree with a LOT OF YOUR POINTS. My parents would have too :)

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arishlea March 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I believe that you are absolutely right on all counts.

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LisaD March 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Er… I don't agree with all (possibly even most…) of your points, but I believe that that's perhaps the most important right underlying all these that you've listed. We have the right to disagree, form our own opinions, post them publicly on the internet, and have nothing to fear except militants from the opposite party who might leave hurtful words! How great is that?

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Lindsey March 19, 2010 at 1:01 am

I agree with you on every single item you have listed :)

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magnolia March 19, 2010 at 5:05 am

i believe that you've summed it up succinctly. :)

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Caity March 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I believe most of the things you do! Great list. As for the 6th point, I think I agree with you for most places but not everywhere and I, myself, am a teacher. Here teachers are WAY overpaid and don't really seem to care as much as they should.

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Anna Walker March 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I agree with every single one of these. Well said!

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cari March 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

quality being the key word in the education statement for sure. and in a world where higher education is getting to be the ONLY way to move up in the world, it SHOULD be more affordable. putting people in debt for the rest of their lives is ridiculous. seriously.

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ari_b March 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

For some reason Disqus has hated me for the past week or so and hasn't let me comment . . .

All I wanted to say is “Amen! I believe the same!”

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Kimwithak March 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I'm sorry Disqus has been a pain in the ass for you. :(

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