My position is simply this. The state shouldn't be involved in marriage. It should be a private institution as it was for much of the history of Western Civilization. And there should be no government granted privilages for marriage. But if we are to have laws defining marriage, they should be decided by the people not unelected judges and if the people vote vote it down, fair enough. I won't complain.
The Wake County Libertarian Party's stance as outlined above is not properly classified as "against". A true Libertarian opposes State sanctioning of gay marriage AND straight marriage alike. We do not believe the State should be in the "marriage business" at all. This is the position Rep, Glen Bradley (who is also a devout Christian) argued for before the General Assembly. However, given the State refuses to seriously consider this third way alternative, this amendment is the only way to prevent a out of control judiciary from ignoring our existing laws and forcing their will upon us. At least this way, the people get to vote.
Well, technically, the Elon poll still isn't a good measure of the amendment's likelihood of passing. It was a general population poll. These numbers might differ significantly from those of likely (active / registered) voters.
Wind energy is a terribly inefficient source of power that is not worthy of increased investment. You need very large areas of land for those things to produce any substantial amount of power. Nuclear is the only way to go. Unlike fossil fuels it is a virtually inexhaustible energy source, and unlike wind or solar it is incredibly efficient. If we begun replacing all our aging natural gas and oil power plants with higher capacity nuclear plants, we could largely decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
I have to agree with the previous poster. Mr. Downs was guilty by his own admission of offering to sell confidential information to a foreign government. When he moved to their country, he implicitly agreed to abide by their laws. He broke their laws and was punished according. He could have received a MUCH harsher sentence in that part of the world. If the man in question was reasonably believed to be innocent, a case could be made for our government to exercise some political muscle, but as this is not the case, we have no business being involved in this.
Come on now. This is a recycled article from last year! I can't remember if you did it or it was someone else, but this subject was already covered by someone a while back... I've never been a big fan of the formal GOP leadership (which is quickly becoming irrelevant anyway in proportion to how much it places itself at odds with the party membership). But, are there so few scandels going on at the moment this is all you can come up with?
You people are very naive and also very wrong. TEA Party members are not made up of primarily wealthy, well-connected corporatists. That would be the Obamanites... The TEA Party folks are just normal citizens from all levels of the socioeconomic ladder who want their Republic back, a return to strict Constitutional government according to the model established by the Founding Fathers. We demand the Constitution be followed literally according to the original intention of the authors. Modern day deliberate misuse of the commerce and general welfare clauses is tantamount to treason by our elected officials. The government is limited strictly to the specifically enumerated powers alone and all other laws passed by the federal government in addition to these powers are are null and void and we are under no obligation to obey them because they are UNCONSTITIONAL. And as far as corporate interests go, take a look at corporate donations to Dems and Republicans and you'll see the major players in the financial industry give far MORE money to Democrats. They know who REALLY butters their bread.
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