The ability for self determination is fundamental to my entire belief system. People should be allowed to choose their own path in life. Restrictions on personal liberties help no one, are amoral, and ultimately leads to conflict. What we put in our bodies, how we live our lives, and what we believe should be determined by the individual as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others.
I strongly believe in the non aggression principal as a way to live ones life.
Abortion is a polarizing topic regardless of audience. For me, I am pro choice – I believe in a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. That said, once a fetus is considered viable by medical professionals I view it as having equal rights to life as protected by our constitution. This is what I believe the discussion should center around: when is a life a life. This is something that the scientific and medical community should have the ultimate say on.
Criminal Justice Reform
The current criminal justice system has grown to gargantuan proportions. Our justice system as a whole should be geared towards rehabilitation rather than punishment. Victimless crimes should be decriminalized at a minimum and in the case of some, like marijuana, out right legalized. Our prison populations are overflowing with people who have harmed no one. Being “tough on crime” with minimum sentencing and over harsh punishments have removed common sense from the implementation of laws.
I am of the opinion that the second amendment is very clear on the right to bear arms.The spirit of the law, the reason behind it, and the literal wording of it all support the right to have and bear whatever arms we want. To me, if you want more gun control, it requires an amendment to the constitution rather than executive orders and roundabout legislation. Ben Franklin once said:
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Gun control legislation is giving up an essential liberty in exchange for temporary safety.