Recent posts by nking3 on Kongregate

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Solution For Euro Crisis

@MyTie The amount of deregulation and tax dodging in Greece is absolutely obscene. I have no problem with the deregulation of an economy but what happened in Greece is utterly ridiculous. More regulation and a more efficient bureacracy is the answer in Greece because no country can be run like Greece has and survive for long.
My personal solution would be to cut Greece and potentially Italy and Spain from the Eurozone although I shudder to think what would happen if Italy went down. To save the whole you must cut off the diseased parts, eventually southern Europe will figure it out and could rejoin the Eurozone but it will be a long and hard process.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Westboro Baptist Church--Free Speech vs. Harrassment

Well, in my humble opinion, when the KKK says that you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too far.
I hate the KKK and everything they stand for but I do agree with them this time: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/klu-klux-klan-protests-westboro-baptist-church-video/2011/05/31/AGgoiPFH_blog.html
I would, as a leftist, say that there are most certainly restrictions on what can and can’t be said, particularly at funerals. However, I am most repulsed by their blatant abuse of the First Amendment for their own financial gain and invoking the First Amendment to protect them from the ire of practically the entire country. The protection of the rights of the minority is a crucial task of the First Amendment, however, when the opinions of the minority are flat out wrong, then they should be silenced.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Slenderman: Real or Fake?

I hate to add a post to this topic but I’ve got to ask what it’s doing in the Serious Discussion section and still unlocked.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Middle East, wars and oil

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted something cynical on this thread yet, oh well.
To start off, in my opinion peace in the ME is only achieveable with a number of conditions and saying that it’s achieveable in the first place is a stretch.
One, Israel needs to stop screwing around on the world stage and give the Palestinians a country already (that means that the US (my own country) needs to stop delaying Palestinian statehood).
Two, regime change in Iran is a must, whilst Israel and Iran are at each other’s throats peace is not possible because we all know it’s only a matter of time before Israel bombs Iran, with or without US permission. Here’s a link to Jeffrey Goldberg’s article for The Atlantic on that: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1969/12/the-point-of-no-return/8186/
Three, the rest of the world needs to find another source of energy or the wells run dry (whichever comes first), we wouldn’t even be worrying about the economic impact of Israel’s (our) upcoming war with Iran if we didn’t use foreign oil. However, because a lot of the world’s oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to close, we have to worry about gas going to $5/gallon.
Four, if the Jews and Muslims really want the best for their children/peace they need to recognize that they’re really fighting over who has the better imaginary friend/who’s version of history is better. In any case, a pretty stupid thing to fight over.

Notes: I’m a cynical American who really doesn’t believe in the possibility of peace in the Middle East or at least permanent peace with Israel in the picture. However I do support Israel but believe that their settlement building needs to stop along with their continuing denial of Palestinian statehood.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Korean War: Not over yet.

Although technically the Koreas are still at war with each other, in my mind the war is over. North Korea cannot attack the South without ensuring massive US retaliation and the South cannot attack the North until the Chinese pull their backing for a myriad of reasons.
Some people have talked about nuclear weapons on this thread and seem to think that they might be used in a 2nd Korean War, let me be blunt, nuclear weapons will never be used again on the planet unless they are fired by a madman (hey there Ahmadinejad!). Nuclear weapons will not be used again on Earth because of Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD. Whoever fires the weapons is guaranteed to die too.
North Korea is going to collapse from within one day, a Korean Spring if you will which, in my opinion, will most likely be followed up by a swift invasion from the South and reunification (the US will not be involved so as to stay away from accusations of imperialism).

Note: The United States was never at war with North Korea, the US led the UN troops to protect the South in a police action.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Grover Norquist should be prosecuted as a terrorist

I believe that Grover Norquist should be prosecuted as a terrorist to the full extent of US Federal Law. For those who don’t know, Mr. Norquist is the head of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization essentially dedicated to the elimination of taxes or the institution of an unreasonably low tax rate.
I believe that Mr. Norquist should be prosecuted as a terrorist because he is essentially holding the United States Government hostage on raising taxes. His taxpayer protection pledge has the majority of Republican legislators by the short hairs on raising taxes. The Pledge says, in short, that the signee will never vote to raise taxes while in office. If the signee reneges on their pledge Americans for Tax Reform makes sure that the signee’s constituents know that they raised their taxes and essentially do everything they can to prevent that legislator’s reelection.
In other words, ATR holds the legislators hostage by virtually guaranteeing their defeat in the next election if they do something to piss off ATR.
Economic terrorism, as defined by Wikipedia, is this: “The… …coordinated and sophisticated or massive destabilizing actions in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, a group of states or a society (such as market oriented western societies) for ideological or religious motives. These actions, if undertaken, may be violent or not. They could have either immediate effects or carry psychological effects which in turn have economic consequences.”
Americans for Tax Reform, under the leadership of Grover Norquist has helped destabilize the US economy by preventing almost all tax increases, tax increases are desperately needed to help balance the budget, preventing their passage leads to further debt and economic destabilization.
I do not know if my country has any laws specifically regarding economic terrorism but I do know that holding a country’s budget hostage to your own selfish agenda is a really good way to piss off a lot of people who want to see it balanced.

Notes: I found this link regarding economic terrorism but since it was a blog I didn’t feel it appropriate to use as a source, in any case it makes for interesting reading: http://justanothercoverup.com/politics/economic-terrorism-is-a-weapon-of-mass-destruction-for-our-international-audience/
As some of you undoubtedly know from my previous forum postings I do have socialist leanings and would appreciate it if you attack my idea instead of me for being “a dumb kid” who has no idea what socialism is like or would do to America.
So, thank you for your time in reading this and thank you in advance for your well thought and repsectful replies.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How do you tell a girl that you like her?

Maybe somebody already mentioned this and I’m unintentionally reiterating it. Here’s my suggestion, try and be her GBF, or Gay Best Friend. Eventually you can tell her that you’ve developed feelings for her and ask her if she wants to go on a date with you. Admittedly that approach takes a really long time, like until you’re a junior or senior and you could push girls away from you who might like you. Good luck with her and I wish you the best.

PS: I ******* love Kongregate for these kind of questions.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Rutgers Student Guilty Of Hate Crime - Thoughts?

I read an editorial before the verdict came out that said that he should be found guilty but not sentenced to any jail time. The editorial said that he should be found guilty because what he did was wrong, and, although not necessarily homophobic in intention he did end helping cause a suicide. The editorial went on to say that he shouldn’t be sentenced to jail time because it would be unfair to Dharun Ravi (the defendant) to be locked up for 10 years and possibly deported for what he probably meant as a harmless, if not well thought out prank. A further reason he should be found guilty the editorial said was that society was really on trial in the case, not just Ravi, the case was about bullying and if it should be accepted in society and the answer, as we all know, is no.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the world coming to..?

I understand that YouTube is YouTube and there will always be trolls, that’s an unavoidable consequence of using the Internet, you’ll come across trolls. However, to me, it seemed like these people were seriously going at it, for like 5 or 6 pages of comments, therefore, the reason behind my post.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / THe rise of oil prices

I don’t think you’re accusing Obama of trying to drive gas prices higher to push green technology in, to see what happens to people who think that, see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ64KQCY7ro I take your point about him taking us off oil but pushing green technology faster isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. Admittedly, with the economy in its current state, taking oil away isn’t great, but then again, neither is it going to $5 a gallon. He’s caught between a rock and a hard place.
I agree with you, green technology is a long way off from being easily affordable for everyone and there are undeniably problems with it, that doesn’t mean we can’t use what we have though. London used to be covered in soot from all the coal burning factories during the Industrial Revolution. Better technology came along and replaced it, but until then, they used what they had, even if it wasn’t perfect.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Kony, relevant?

This thread raises a good point, why the fuck haven’t I heard of Joseph Kony before now? I’ve heard of the LRA but I had assumed that they were pretty much gone. I read the newspapers, watch MSNBC, I’m a fairly smart guy. This man is the 9th most wanted person in the world (according to Wikipedia) and I haven’t heard of him?
I know that the Kony2012 video came out recently but tell me, why should I care? He’s no better or worse than any other African rebels/warlords, they all do pretty much the same thing for varying beliefs. Child soldiers are nothing new, why was nothing done in Sierra Leone and Angola if we care so much about them. If we truly care then we should do something about the problem before a video comes out about it.
Joseph Kony is an awful man and needs to die. However, I’ll get behind Kony2012 when I understand why he’s so much worse than a lot of other warlords in Africa.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / THe rise of oil prices

I honestly have to say that I haven’t heard that prices are supposed to hit $10/gallon by the end of the year, but I have heard $5 by spring. I think this is a little far-fetched to say the least, $5 is one thing but $10 is unheard of (even adjusting for inflation).
I agree that the higher gas prices go the more it hurts the economy and the President’s reelection chances. However, high gas prices do drive a push for renewable energy which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In my opinion, it would be better for prices to remain as low as possible with the damage to the economy far outweighing the benefits of earlier renewable technology.
Preferably gas prices would stay low while the drive for renewable energy is accelerated but that’s probably impossible, oh well, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping. I advise you to do the same.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / what if the nazis won world war 2

Well, Europe would pretty much be wiped out and it would be a pretty shitty place to live (see “V for Vendetta” for reference). America would most likely be one of the few “decent” places to live. The Cold War would never have been fought, I’d take a stab at a USSR/USA alliance (of necessity, like WW2) against Germany. Fascism might be more prevalent in the world due to the far reaching influence of the Nazis. Africa would probably be less fucked up as they would be free of the weight of the French and British Empires and free to do what they want. The Middle East and North Africa would probably be one giant country or multiple allied countries. India, China, Pakistan plus SE Asia would most likely band together. Japan would have ended up losing the war as even a German victory in Europe wouldn’t have been able to prevent the fall of Japan so they (Japan) would probably be less prosperous than today but similar to what they are today. The Americas would be allied together and Oceania the same. Vietnam and Korea and Iraq and Afghanistan would never have happened and Israel would never exist.
In conclusion, we’d have a permanent standoff (like Korea DMZ) in Europe due to the probable use of nuclear weapons in a war. The US would undoubtedly levy heavy sanctions against Germany and hope, like the rest of the world for a “European Spring.” At which time the other countries would invade and Germany would have to wait a few centuries to regain its credibility in the world after its inevitable occupation.

Notes: I used “Shadow of the Hegemon” for inspiration for some of this essay. I also believe that “Homefront,” although a fairly bad game isn’t a bad representation of what would happen in Europe (I understand that Homefront takes place in America and has North Korea as the villain).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The age to appear in porn is 18, but the average world age of consent is 16

As far as I’m concerned the age of consent might as well be thrown out the window, if I really wanted to I could have a dozen or so people in my school arrested (is that the word I want?) for being under 16 when having sex. Porn should probably be 21 at least, because, in my experience, 18 year olds don’t have nearly the maturity level necessary for that kind of thing.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the world coming to..?

I like to listen to music while I’m doing stuff on the Internet, be it playing Tyrant, checking my email or on Wikipedia. I enjoy listening to soundtracks of certain as my music, among them, “The Gael” from Last of The Mohicans.

Just for the hell of it I sometimes look at the comments to see what people say about the video I’ve been listening to. Lo and behold when I went to look at the comments on “The Gael” I found a debate raging about Iraq, Afghanistan, Osama, Russia/Communism, America’s power, terrorism, the British Empire and god knows what else.

My question to the users of Kongregate is this: What is the world coming to when this is what we see on something that has nothing to do with modern-day politics? Is there hope for humanity if Osama gets mentioned on something related to Native Americans?

Or, alternatively, should we use a basic intelligence test to qualify people to do things, like comment on a Youtube video?

PS: If Osama gets mentioned out of context I’m gonna flip.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should Gun Ownership Be Mandatory In the United States?

@Twilight_Ninja I have my problems with gun ownership but not enough to outlaw them completely. However, I would vote for a law that outlawed all guns. I know that that’s impractical but if it ever came up I would. I know that probably doesn’t help much.
@jhco50
Number one, that was my first post on this thread so don’t say your explaining to me again. Number two, we are most definitely not friends as we disagree on almost all issues and seem to hate each other. Number three, I very clearly said that I know most gun owners would never shoot someone on purpose (you really need to get better at reading your links and other’s posts, my friend ;)). Fourth, by my interpretation of the 2nd Amendment states are allowed to have militias (National Guard nowadays) to protect the people if the federal government ever becomes oppressive in the sense that it takes away our rights.
We have different definitions of the 2nd Amendment. That’s mine, you have yours, I’ll ask nicely, please don’t force your definition on me and I won’t force mine on you. Deal?
Anders Behring Breivik is most certainly not American, however, there are undoubtedly people like him in America who agree with some if not all of his views so I really don’t see why I shouldn’t use him in this discussion. He got a gun and because of his extreme views thought he should kill people with it. Like I said, there are people who agree with him and would probably happily parrot him, banning guns would prevent this from happening so I see no reason not to.
Obama may be the most socialist president we’ve had in a long time, if not ever, however, that doesn’t give people the right to overthrow the government just because they disagree with its views. That’s what the things we have every four years called elections are for. If the majority of people don’t like the president then he loses his job, that’s how it works.
Finally, my two last points (I’ll address the NRA later, I’m tired). I didn’t like George Bush, does that give me the right to overthrow the government because I think he’s turning the country into a Fascist dictatorship? Of course not, however, that’s what it sounds like you’re saying is legal in your last paragraph.
Final point here, John Hinckley, Jr. tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan because he wanted to impress Jodie Foster. Hinckley was ruled not-guilty by reason of insanity. What I’m trying to say is that, how did a man in as deplorable of a mental condition as he was mange to get a gun? The same thing is true with Loughner and Breivik, there is no way these 3 men should ever have been allowed to touch a firearm.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Employment

I’m with onlineidiot here. The point of college is to learn a trade, I’m not saying that Lax ever said that it wasn’t or getting drunk and partying is the point of college, however, can anyone honestly expect to have great job opportunities when they choose to study music, art or the like? Here’s an example:

The enigneering student says: “How does it work?”

The business student says: “How much does it cost?”

The law student says: “Does it have a patent pending?”

The art student says: “Would you like fries with that?”

I don’t believe that art or music students feel more or less entitled than any other college graduate, however, because you chose to study something bad job prospects does not make it society’s responsibility to provide a job for you. I concede that my education example wasn’t the greatest, but still, early childhood education pays (not that that’s everything) pretty poorly and can be a hard thing to do with what can be very little job satisfaction. I understand that job satisfaction to me is different from everyone else so please don’t use that in your arguments against me.

To sum up, I believe that it’s not society’s role to find you a job if you choose a job with little tangible value (I know the arts could be considered intangible). The arts do have value but compared to more essential jobs they just don’t stack up in my opinion.

PS: I’d rather be a trash collector paid a crappy hourly wage with nothing more than a high school diploma than I would be an art student with thousands of dollars in loan debt with no use for my degree.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should Gun Ownership Be Mandatory In the United States?

Yet again (I’m getting tired of this) I’ll try and steer the post back on topic.
Like Twilight said, I don’t have a problem with someone owning a gun, I don’t believe that’s what the 2nd Amendment means but that’s for another thread. If you own a gun for home defense, whatever, if you’re with the NRA, you’re getting into right wing nutjob territory and if you’re Jared Lee Loughner, the Hutaree militia (look them up) or Anders Behring Breivik you shouldn’t have been able to get a gun in the first place.
That’s why I don’t think people should own guns, I mean, come on, after the Arizona shootings? The Utoya island shootings in Norway last summer? These people got guns and look what they did. I understand that the majority of people would never do something like that. but still… It makes you wonder.
My final point, we elect our first Democratpresident in 8 years and all the nutjobs in Montana and the rest of the West start bitching about the Socialist government that’s taking away their freedoms and how they’re going to use their guns to take them back. Never underestimate the power of lots of crazy people with guns.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / President Obama

Well, I’ll try and get this post back on topic. Like I always try to do. Ahh, woe is me.
In any case, I think Obama has been doing a bang up job as President and is a damn sight better than W did in his first 3 years. The economy is on the upswing, the Iraq War is over, Afghanistan is winding down, healthcare has been (kind of) revised and Osama is dead. Not too bad in a little over 3 years. I don’t think McCain would have done a better job. Admittedly, Obama hasn’t been perfect, I’d like to see him either hit Iran or endorse Israel to or take that option off the table entirely. While we’re on Israel, I’d like to see him get more forceful with them because it really is time for the Palestinians to have a state of their own. I know that those two things are foreign policy issues and I didn’t cover any domestic policies. However, the State of the Union sounded good (I know that it’s supposed to) and if things work as planned America will most likely be on the rise once again.
In conclusion, I think he’s done a pretty good job as President and would be doing even better without an obstructionist House.

PS: The House is obstructionist and I think that’s pretty undebatable, after the debt ceiling and what Mitch McConnell said (I know he’s a senator), I mean, good lord…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Employment

So, KnifeGrinder is either a troll, someone who dreams of a socialist and/or communist paradise or an anarchist. That’s what I got from his post.
In response to the original post I have to agree. I want to laugh when I hear people say that they want to study art, music, acting, etc. A friend of mine wants to be a sound recording technician, or something like that. My ex-girlfriend is currently studying early childhood education. I think both of them are, at best, silly for studying those things. Not that we don’t need teachers or SRTs. I suppose both fields are necessary in their own way, but, a few years from now when they can’t find a decent job, I’ll feel sorry for them and won’t say I told you so, but I’ll think it.
Easy enough for me to say because I want to be a nuclear engineer. However, before people go to college I don’t think it would be a bad idea for them to look at the job and salary prospects for their chosen major. I think that would keep a lot of people from saying, “Oh, I love little kids, I’ll be a pre-school teacher!” I mean, seriously, what the hell? Do you honestly think you want to do that for 40 or so years. I’d kill myself after the first 5 let alone 40.
Anyway, that’s my two bits on it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do the world hate or love USA?

Well, I’m not sure if Omega is trolling or not but in any case I disagree with him and I’ll try to play Devil’s advocate here.
Why do I hate the US?
I don’t although we do have our problems, a fair few of them (in my opinion) from our love of oil and the disastrous 8 years of the Bush presidency.
Why do I hate capitalism?
I don’t hate capitalism and it’s a damn sight better than communism. Personally I prefer socialism but that’s mostly because our system of capitalism is broken. If it was improved and provided better and was fairer to all citizens I would like it better (i.e. more socialist).
What are the sins of the US?
Too numerous to count, Iraq and Vietnam have been two, Afghanistan is looking somewhat like a third. Here I’d like to depart a bit from the topic and defend my country. We have been labeled interfering imperialists before (not without reason), we have been called haters of Muslims (certainly true of some of our citizens), however, in the long run America generally helps countries. I am personally a supporter of non-interventionism, but please allow me to play Devil’s advocate here. What countries have in the long term been hurt by American involvement in their affairs, Vietnam, North Korea, Iraq, Iran and maybe Afghanistan. Other than those five countries who else has truly been hurt? Very few if any, that’s who.
What is the future of the States?
I don’t know but I hope it’s bright. I feel confident that if Obama is reelected then we will remain a dominant country well in to the 21st century, however, I feel a Republican in office would slow and/or reverse Obama’s progress and hurt the country in the long term, Obama is playing the long game.
Am I happy to be a citizen?
Yes, I am. All though my country isn’t perfect it’s better than most others.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Guilt

Is there anyone else who is sick of being made to feel guilty because they’re a white male who was born in the West? I am. Just because I was born this way doesn’t mean I should have to feel guilty about who I am.
Discuss.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gays, Yay or Nay?

Um, actually marrying a minor if you’re over 18 without his/her parent’s consent is illegal. And having sex with one if you’re over 18 is considered statutory rape, you will be required to register as a sex offender and will most likely do time. At least, in the US. In you’re country it may be different.
But, getting back on topic. I personally have no problem with gays and support their right to marry and have whatever life they wish to have with whoever they wish to have it. I am personally not gay but here’s a link to a story I found very inspiring:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1168953/index.htm
The article is rather long but worth reading I found. In response to some of the first comments on this thread, I don’t see a need for gays to have a pride parade (my city has a pride parade every year), there’s nothing wrong with saying that your gay. However, I see no need to flaunt it. On the other hand, by kissing my girlfriend in the school hallway am I not flaunting my heterosexuality? Therefore, it seems hypocritical to me to say that you have a problem with gays expressing themselves while doing the same thing yourself (like I said before, I see no reason why gays need a parade but I don’t have a problem with it).

Why do people think being gay is wrong? Their religion is the most common answer that I can think of, as an atheist I have more than a few problems with this but that’s for another thread. My point is that the Bible (especially the Old Testament) has some things in it that we would never allow today. However, people like the Westboro Baptists (absolute lunatics if you ask me) will soon go the way of the horse and buggy. Sure, gays are in the minority and being gay isn’t common. But really, we all know someone who’s gay, what’s different about them? Nothing, aside from the fact that they’re gay, being gay doesn’t make someone any less of a person, it just makes them different. I’ll end with this, we’re all different in some way, if I discriminated against someone who was in the majority I’d be accused of inciting class warfare of called a Nazi or Communist, if I discriminate against someone who is gay, no one says anything.

PS: Here’s a quote and a poem everyone should know: “They gave me a medal for killing a man, they kicked me out for loving one.” —A Nameless Soldier

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.
-
Martin Niemoller

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What's Your Political Party?

Well, number one, in response to Privett. I happen to think that true, uncorrupt, communism is about as close to perfect as we humans will get. However, that’s impossible since humans are greedy so I like socialism.
In response to jhco50, the wealth gap in America is at it’s highest point in a long time, unemployment is at 8.5% and people are sick of it. Socialism is a way of redistributing the wealth (I see nothing wrong with that) and making sure that everyone has enough to get by on. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with being rich, however, that doesn’t mean that you get a free pass on helping out the less fortunate.
Right now I’d like to bring up Mitt Romney, Bill Gates and Alms Giving, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than most of the country (if he pays any taxes) and yet he’s still a millionaire, in my opinion, because he has more, he should help others more.
Bill Gates has given hundreds of millions of dollars to charities around the world by his own personal choice. He could have given nothing and gotten even richer, but instead he’s decided to help the less fortunate with his money.
Third, although I don’t believe in religion, I do think that it generally has pretty good principles on how we should live our lives. And so, with that, I think that Alms Giving is an excellent commandment (pillar) and something we should all be guided by, if you have something, give it to the less fortunate so in the hope that one day they can pay it forward.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Are girls getting too sexy at an early age?

I want to see some more discussion on this topic so I’m posting this to get it back to the top of the forum wall. See my post above for my opinion on this issue.