Back in the fall of 2000, I took the Political Compass test and the results were that I was right in the middle between the Economic Left/Right, leaning ever so slightly to the right, and I was Libertarian, but not by much.
Since I took the test, Bush became president, 9/11 occurred, Homeland Security came in to place, we’ve been on “alert” for over a year and a half, and the world has changed.
It’s interesting to see how I’ve changed with it. I took the test again, and I am now a definate Libertarian, on the left. Economic Left/Right: -2.25; Authoritarian/Libertarian: -4.97. (You can view what the analysis means, but take the test first.) Won’t my parents be proud?
Speaking of my parents, I was talking with my Mom last weekend about an e-mail that her third cousin sent to her. He is from Austria and lives in Finland now. He asked her if we feel safer in America now – safer than we did before 9/11. I laughed. I don’t feel safer, because the government itself scares me. They won’t allow us to feel safe. If you notice, any time things seem to settle, there is something that pops up that should remind us all to be scared.
I’m sorry – I don’t feel that Iraq was a threat to us. Yes, Saddam was a horrid man, and treated the people of his country poorly with his insane tactics. I felt he should have been taken out of power years ago. I was slightly convinced that the war was “ok” because we were going to bring democracy to Iraq, but now I see what I feared coming true. Bush wants them to have freedom, as long as it’s freedom our way. I could go on and on about this, but this article says it all for me already: “Operation: Iraqi Freedom (To Do What We Tell You)” The Iraqi’s want to have a national congress this summer to select their own leaders – you know, that democratic freedom we promised and all that – and Bush & Co. are insisting that we pick their leaders first. Basically because it’s in our best interest. Uh huh, that’s what freedom is all about here in America…
It’s really not surprising to me at all that after the events of the past two years I’ve moved to the Libertarian Left. No, not a surprise at all.
I don’t believe that Iraq will ever be “free” in the sense we want it to be. Their culture is not our culture. I don’t believe that it is right for the United States to go stomping around the globe, trying to force everyone to be like us. Isn’t that what Imperialism is all about? We don’t have the money to help people in our own country who are unemployed, homeless, need medical care, and any other number of things. Our public education system is in the toilet. Why are we spending billions to run around saving the rest of the world when we can’t even save ourselves?
And just where the hell are those Weapons of Mass Destruction that Bush swore were in Iraq and we had to go and save the world from anyways?