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trade-offs, I guess you could call them?

Ballot Initiatives did a lot of good: decriminalizing pot in Massachusetts, making it Rx in Michigan, legalizing doctor-assisted suicide in Washington. Plus some other crap. Georgia’s ballot initiatives were kinda boring.

On the other hand, a whole bunch of states lashed out against gay folks. SCOTUS needs to do something about this. Some gays need to get married and move to a state where their rights will be violated by the Defense of Marriage Act and get all this crap overturned.

Massachusetts surprises me for a state founded by a bunch of anal bastards. California has, for once, surprised me with its intolerance. Those other states? I am not surprised in the least.

I wouldn’t expect to see anything like these reforms here in anything less than thirty years. The south tends to hold onto the past. (Well, more like cling.) And I don’t even know that I should care being that I don’t smoke weed often enough to care about its legal status, I’m not gay and don’t plan on getting a gay marriage. I might want a doctor-assisted suicide later in life, though. But I do, because rights are for everyone, whether you like them (the people or the rights) or not. Also, it just makes life easier.

And, I think I was trying to explain something along these lines to someone yesterday, but Will Wilkenson sums it up beautifully:

Rich people who don’t go to church are especially socially liberal. The richer they get, the less they prioritize economic issues over social issues, as Inglehart’s “post-materialism” theory predicts. And, if I recall from recent surveys, there has been a big decline in religiosity among the young, which tends to go along with an increasingly socially liberal cast of mind. The overall effect is that the Republican Party has become too socially conservative for increasingly secular wealthy people and increasingly secular twenty-somethings. The GOP is now pretty clearly the party of the religious, white, middle-aged and elderly middle class–not a group with a shining political future. The increasing popularity of the Democrats among the rich is going to move the economic policy preference of the median Democrat “right” and the economic policy preference of the median Republican “left”. In the short term, this might make for a decrease in polarization on economic policy, which may produce bipartisan support for policies that will horrify libertarians. In the long term, the Democrats will continue to become ever more “socially liberal and fiscally conservative,” despite the attempt of the ideological left-leaning media and academic opinion elites (who are full of New New Deal ideas) to prevent this.

And the GOP wants to beautify their pro-religious, socially conservative image with Sarah Palin. The only problem is, they’re just going to push more people away and solidify what they have.

The libertarian movement could really be a political force in four years if Ron Paul and Jesse Ventura do what I think they’re going to do. And that’s fuck the GOP in the ass.

When a trade-off is necessary, how do you compromise? I’ll trade “fiscally conservative” for “socially liberal” any day. The economy is fluid and can bounce back, but once rights and liberties start disappearing, they are harder to get back.

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