A Source for Political Self Evaluation from the Political Compass People. by Merwin
This is a reply I made during a FaceBook exchange I had with two good friends in our "political group". The two issues are borrowed from an assessment provided
The two issues brought to our exchange, are borrowed from the “brief analysis” test from the Political Compass crew. They are… the economic globalization and who it should serve, and... would I support my country even if it were wrong?
By the way I thought the evaluation was decently composed, thanks for finding it Chas. (Here is the address for anyone interested though you may have to copy and paste it…)
Before my comments are made regarding economic globalization, I would first like to state that I do believe it is “inevitable” and Biblical in description, but I might be requested to not include that in the dialogue so I will leave my opinions regarding that off to the side. And, simply answer the question with no further qualifiers and repeat my answer given in the assessment, which was that it should serve mankind and not corporate interests, which puts me in agreement with Les and Chas.
Now… to the question of the “…support of the country whether right or wrong”, is what drew out the many paragraphs of my former attempt, but I will try to trim it down here, in so doing if successful, please remember it is the “Reader’s Digest” version of my opinion.
I support my country now… but it is heinously wrong on many levels. Nation building (Ron Paul refers to it as Empire building) is very wrong. It is predominately wrong because of the violence, but, it is wrong too, because it is a major contributor to bankrupting our country. Even in those countries where there is no need for our violent intervention we are sending them our substance, that would be better spent in our own country, if spent at all.
The treatment of our Native Americans is criminal and unconstitutional and has been since the birth of our country. Our constitution clearly states that if we make treaties with other nations it then becomes the law of the land. We have made hundreds if not thousands of treaties with the “Indian Nations” and violently butchered their peoples as we violate(d) these treaties. Their ill treatment continues today… though not as bloody.
Torture, the tearing away at our Constitutional Liberties, economic behavior that is bankrupting our country, our march toward Despotism….
I could go on, and on, and on. And I would not repeat myself in doing so.
The wrongs this country is practicing today, is perhaps not pronounced as clearly as history’s description of our past that leads up to our generation. We like to think we’ve risen above the mistakes of our forefathers… but, we haven’t. We have simply become more clever in the deployments of our miseries and adept in providing appropriate, palatable, “spin”.
I answered the question in the Political Compass assessment with a “no” I would not support my country if it were wrong. But, in my mind this simply meant that I would not support my country in the doing of the things that are wrong. Of course I support my country… just not where it is wrong.
Finally in my previous attempt, I had included Scooter’s (my lovely wife's) appreciation for my results of the assessment and I will burden y’all with it here as well…
“I find it incredibly intriguing that you are so darned close to hitting dead center on your "Political Compass". There are folks out there who would like to call you "extreme", but I think your "score" is quite telling... xoxoxo “
I especially love the "xoxoxo" part.
I might be considered by some as a moderate zealot.