C. Wright Mills would be ashamed

My sociological imagination is at an all-time low right now. In fact, tonight I chose to catch up on homework rather than watch the presidential debate. It feels like I have no time for society anymore. Ever since I got to college, I’ve watched less sports than ever before, which really shows how truly disconnected I am. I guess I got used to watching tv once in a while through hulu.com, and catching up on articles through twitter. Continue reading

Virgil Goode…

When it comes to my family, politics has never been an issue we discussed. It never caused heated debates at the dinner table and never caused fights among family members. It was always a non-issue. So where do I stand? I like to think of myself as an independent, I do not connect fully with either the liberal or conservative ends of the spectrum. But then again, I have never been one to follow politics to begin with. I thought it would be interesting to take a few of the quizzes and see where I ended up… Continue reading

Give me liberty…

I’ve always deemed myself an independent in politics. Throughout my lifetime, I have witnessed my parents’ debate prior to elections. Some years they voted for a republican. Other years they voted for a democrat. Perhaps I developed my own political values and opinions from them, but I can safely say that when I vote I will vote for the individual whose ideas and beliefs resonate with me the most. Furthermore, I will vote for who I think is the best person running, because I believe that is what is most important. I won’t simply vote for a party. The party is not the one giving speeches and forming/maintaining diplomatic relations with presidents from other countries.

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And Survey Says…

I’ll admit it- I’ve never really liked politics.  To tell you the truth, I actually despise politics, which is probably due to the fact that my entire family, including my extended family, has adopted the “it’s my way or the highway” mentality.  Anyone who does not agree with them pretty much gets drawn and quartered (just ask my ex-Aunt Mary who is no longer apart of our family… haha just kidding… but coincidentally enough Aunt Mary did have different political views).  For example, just this week my entire family forwarded this link, along with the following message: “For everyone who hasn’t seen the movie, “Obama 2016,” here it is in its entirety. I urge you to please set some time aside to watch this great documentary. It only costs you your time. If we don’t get it right this election, it will cost us more than just 1 hour and 16 minutes.”  Anyways, when I heard about the topic of this week’s blog post, lets just say I was less than excited. Continue reading

Why Welfare?

I have always considered myself an independent because I am a socially liberal person but also economically conservative (the quizzes classified me as Libertarian). However, my dad is a staunch republican and we sometimes discuss politics. We argue about topics such as immigration, gay marriage, and healthcare. A while back, he sent me one of those forward-chain emails with a short quip about a father and his college-age daughter discussing politics (sorry- I do not have the original source where he found it).

A Classic conversation:
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his. One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

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Let’s Get Quizzical….

Sing my title to the tune of…

A lot of people in our generation (especially at prominent private universities) have a common phrase to describe their political affiliation. I think we all have heard someone say that they are “fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.” There are people who honestly believe that it is possible to support liberal social programs and maintain them without a certain level of taxes. I personally have viewed myself in this light without ever taking the time to recognize how implausible that belief really is. Continue reading