The Militant Libertarian

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Friday, June 03, 2005


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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Conflicting Emotions - Abortion in America

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Polling on abortion reveals the complexities of the American psyche. On the one hand, the majority of Americans feel that abortion is morally wrong. Yet, at the same time, the majority of Americans poll in support of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion a legal procedure nationwide.

According to polling done over the past month by Gallup, 51 percent of Americans say that abortion is "morally wrong." Yet, according to a current poll done by Quinnipiac University, 63 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade.

Support of Roe v. Wade, however, is by no means unequivocal. Further polling by Gallup shows support for legal abortion "under any circumstances" at only 23 percent. The majority of those who support abortion feel it should be legal "only in a few circumstances."

What this polling data tells me is that most Americans are not supportive of the spirit of Roe v. Wade. The legalization of abortion under this decision was under the rationale of a principle _ a so-called "right to privacy." However, if most Americans agreed that legal abortion emerges as result of a fundamental right to do it, they would not respond in polls saying that it is immoral and should be legal "only in a few circumstances."

It's also sharp and clear from the Gallup poll that Americans are not happy about the moral state of our country. Only 19 percent feel that the current state of moral values in the country is "excellent/good", and 39 percent see it as "poor." With regard to the direction of our state of morals, 16 percent responded that things are "getting better" and 77 percent responded that things are getting worse.

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Team America: World Police

I finally rented a copy of this newly-released DVD to watch. Several people were amazed I didn't see this in the theater. Excuse me for having a life. :)

Anyway, the movie was about what I'd expected. The makers of the film are the makers of the South Park television series, so I expected a lot of base humor and gratuitous sexual references. I also expected some fairly conservative/liberatarian commentary and themes in the movie.

I was rewarded with all of this!

While I wouldn't post this movie up there as a great, world-changing, philosophical event, I would recommend that those who are not easily offended...actually, more like those who don't get offended at ANYTHING... see this flick. The underlying theme ("world police" says it all) is awesome and, if you're a bit of a freak, the 5-6 minute porno-like sex scene between two puppets (the shows stars puppets, you know), and the continual sexual references and stupid cliches will make you laugh.

The "ragheads" (terrorists) in the movie have only four Arabic words to use, "jihad" and "mohammed" chiefest among them. The heroes, of course, not only are beautiful and "edgy" (required of all heroes in today's movies, you know), but they have "issues" and "feelings" to deal with too. All, of course, in a campy way.

The political commentary is awesome, but will probably fly over the heads of most people. They'll find things funny, but will probably miss the whole point.

I wouldn't recommend that you sell the farm, get a speeding ticket, or otherwise go out of your way to see this movie, but if you're in Hollywood Video or somewhere and see it in your might be worth a look-see.

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