This is gonna be a doozy.
I support the First Amendment – Freedom of speech, expression and the press. Remember, it is there to protect your right to say what others may potentially dislike, and others’ rights to say what you may potentially dislike without having to fear retribution (from the government, but it should apply to everyday life as well). Yes, I know hate speech is in bad taste. I hate hate speech (the irony) as much as the next person, but that’s all it is, in bad taste and social sanctions tend to do the trick. Do not underestimate what social isolation can do to a human being.
To quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall’s summary of Voltaire’s character:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
There are also two advantages to allowing hate speech. Firstly, you can root it out in order to confront it and thus eliminate it. Secondly, if saying/doing the ‘right thing’ were to ever be considered hate speech/hateful, your right (or whoever is speaking/doing) to say/do it would be guaranteed. Thirdly, point to them and use them as an example of what not to do and why not to be like them.
Finally, just to clarify things, the first amendment is not absolute freedom of speech and does not cover calls to action, such as threats to others, inciting action, or causing terror (such as yelling bomb on a plane), and it shouldn’t. It also doesn’t cover libel.
I support the Second Amendment…to an extent – Although I would like to see psychological tests carried out before people are able to purchase a gun or whenever possible after they’ve obtained one. I don’t want mentally ill people carrying firearms.
I support LEO’s – The majority of law enforcement are good people. I’m not stupid enough to condemn the majority due to the actions of a few bad apples. They are civilians, so treat them as you would anyone else. Hell, they are there to serve and protect, so give them more respect if you can.
I support the military – Yes, sometimes the military’s motives are questionable, but the soldiers serving in the armed forces; air, sea, and land, are ordinary working people just like you and me, albeit with a heavier burden on their shoulders. Afford them the same respect as you would give to any other human being, if not more.
I support critical-logical thinking – Emotional reasoning is never valid unless it has logic behind it. Emotions should only ever serve as the drive for one’s actions, not as the trigger for them. Empirical data, research, analysis, and discussion are key for human progress.
I support First-Aid training – There is really no reason not to train in first-aid, as you may end up saving someone’s life one day. The only “valid” arguments I’ve heard against it are that the cost of a course as well as the low chance of saving someone.
Cost is understandable, but there are quite a few youtube videos which show you what to do, as well as websites such as the Australian Resuscitation Council (I am originally from Australia, for the Americans in the audience wondering why I would mention the ARC).
As for the second point, it really only applies to CPR in the event that you don’t have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The numbers tend to jump around quite a bit as new studies come out, but without an AED the chance of survival is roughly 10% or lower. However, with an AED, the chances of survival jumps by an insane amount. I was taught that there was an 80% chance of survival if the use of CPR and an AED were prompt and proper. In other words, your chances are pretty damn good. If you can’t afford it, I strongly recommend looking it up on YouTube at the very least.
As for Climate Change: I have no idea why this has been politicized…oh wait, yeah I do. Thanks to a certain oil company trying to refute their findings as well as the economic impact if we were to suddenly stop using fossil fuels, it has become a point of contention between both sides of the political spectrum.
My solution? Go nuclear. It’s cleaner than ‘renewable energy’, it’s efficient when compared to things like coal, and if you handle it properly, it’s safe. Slowly phase jobs in the fossil fuel industry out (to an extent since the military still needs the stuff) over several generations so that it won’t impact workers while phasing in nuclear energy.
I will keep any other political views I have to myself due to either being on the fence about an issue, not knowing enough to comment, or just because I feel like it. Enjoy the rest of your day ladies and gentlemen.