This November 4, in voting booths across the state you will decide who will make your governing decisions. In order for various lobbying organizations to determine who to support they send these long questionnaires to tell you who to vote for based on a variety of answers.
Below is my answers to questionnaire received from an organization that shall remain nameless. Answers are long form because these should not be multiple choice.
For each question the responses available were
A) Strongly Agree
E) Strongly disagree
F) No answer
Think about that as you read through. If your replies differ please feel free to discuss in the comments.
1. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure children are properly educated. Public
The job of the government is to ensure the future of society. It also functions on behalf of society. While it may not be the governments responsibility, a society can not function with out an education. Until there is something better it is the governments duty and our duty to support the education of the next generation.
2. Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.
It’s imperative to teach sex education and all of the methods of contraception, but not to simply tell hormone raging teenagers to abstain. That’s not facing reality. We give them the facts and they make the choice. Then they have to live with the consequences.
3. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
Marriage is a legal contract, though it is and can be so much more. This should be available to all whether it’s how I would choose to engage or not. I should not limit someone else’s right to happiness because of syntax.
4. Biology textbooks which do not teach both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution should be rejected. Public
Science books teach theory and fact. This question though is based on a creationist belief that evolution is wrong and has no place in education. There are weaknesses to every discovery and yes evolution is just a theory, but there is so much evidence and information to support it that I don’t understand how people can say it’s untrue.
I’m a Christian and I don’t believe in that the world is 6,000 years old. That’s ridiculous. I do not support teaching this to children either. If it comes up as a discussion topic that’s fine but it SHOULD not be taught in a public school. This is a religious view of one religion. It has no place in a public state sponsored system.
5. It is the government’s responsibility to properly distribute income and wealth. Public
No, but at the same there should be some system of checks and balances that makes it function better. There is no right answer to this question though. Because none of us wants to give up anything that we have earned and built.
6. The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed. Public
People should live with values. Whether you should characterize them as Judeo-Christian is a horrible divisive statement. Less government is important and vital, but driving division points based on mine or anyone else’s religion is uncalled for.
7. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution. Public
Divisive question that only seeks to divide and exclude. If enough people will show up at voting booths and vote it will never be a threat to anyone. If people don’t remember they have a voice anything is possible.
8. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind’s natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity. Public
9. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings. Public
Are we teaching religion or are we educating? If you want a school that displays the 10 commandments on the wall – there is a school for that. If you want to participate in public school realize that it is open and inclusive of all religious beliefs.
10. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect the public.
No. We need to educate more people on mental illness and treat mental illness. Gun control laws only work for the people who see value in the law. If a person thinks themselves above the law it won’t matter what you put on the books.
11. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress. Public
I’ve seen it work, and I’ve seen it fail. In the end it’s doing more good than bad even if my premiums are through the roof. That’s more a private business reaction to something they don’t want to embrace because it takes from their profits. So they up my premiums. It’s price gouging.
12. Students should not be taught about intelligent design. Public
I don’t support this theory, but I’m not opposed to it’s discussion.
13. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions. Public
As part of the whole of the freedoms characterized in the first amendment it is important, but not as important as freedom of speech. My beliefs should have no effect on your religion and like-wise yours on mine. I should make logical, moral decisions, not decisions based on my religion. If it is part of who I am, the answer that is chosen will reflect what I believe. We do not need further protections we just need to remove restrictions.
14. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students. Public
There is no correct answer to this question. It assumes we are all On the same financial playing field and would all have the same choices available to us. We just don’t and we do not. At the moment a reevaluation of spending is important, but so is rational thinking that says an educated society is better than a return to another time.
As always, please share thoughts in the comments