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Values Meme [Sep. 12th, 2008|10:47 am]

01. Do you have the guts to answer this and post it?

02. Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No, and I don't think anyone with such a lack of regard for their future would let the law get in their way. Meth is really a nasty addictive mess of a drug.

03. Abortion: for or against?
I'm pro-choice but very pro-adoption. I think that rather than working on the laws to make it illegal, we should work to make adoption more of an attractive option that happens far more often.

04. Would our country fall with a woman president?
Depends on the woman.

05. Do you support the death penalty?
No. It costs more then keeping them in jail for life and is the more humane of the two and it doesn't deter murderers who are already insane.

06. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?

07. Are you for or against premarital sex?
I'm for it overall, but am still very concerned that our culture has overly sexualized the youth much and much younger and it is having a terrible impact on the self esteem and health of young females and is making pedophiles seem almost normal and that disgusts me.

08. Do you believe in God?

09. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?

10. Do you think it’s wrong that so many illegal Hispanics are moving to the USA?
I support LEGAL immigration, but I think it needs to be reformed. There are too many criminals and people who should not be here who are getting into the country and that jeopardizes the well being of everyone here. I feel if you want to come to America you have to BECOME American. That means while you honor your heritage, you are AMERICAN first in your heart and mind. The well being of America comes first. You learn English as you can and do what you can to contribute. No more coming here just to live off the system. You have to offer something. That said, I think we need to treat everyone who IS here legally with the same respect and opportunity everyone else has, no matter where they come from. They become American when they move here, and they are a part of our community to be welcomed.

11. A 12 year old girl has a baby... should she keep it?
For the good of everyone involved, she should be shown the advantages of adoption and helped through the process in most cases.

12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to 18?
Either that, or the age to vote and go to war should be raised to 21.

13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
Yes, but someone has to help them re-build. I was against it from the start. However, we can't let Iran take it over either. We are in a mess now (thanks Bush).

14. Assisted suicide is illegal... do you agree?
No. We should have the RIGHT to choose to die with dignity. There are fates far worse than death.

15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
Yes. Not abusing or hitting, but spanking on the butt? Yes. We are raising a generation of spoiled *ussy brats because parents are so afraid of being a "bad parent". Instead of parenting from guilt, how about letting the fear of raising a terrible human push you to do the hard thing rather than what makes you feel good?

16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
No, but I don't think I'll get the chance. I'm not that money motivated. Besides, I'm pretty sure some rednecks would burn my million dollar home down after I did that.

17. A mother is declared innocent after murdering her 5 children in a temporary insanity case... do you agree?
She wasn't declared "innocent", but insane. I believe she WAS insane and will be in protective custody and on drugs for life. That isn't "getting off". She also didn't "murder them in cold blood". I think that the protective bloodlust of people comes out in this question. It isn't going to bring back those kids to hang the mentally ill mother. Revenge is ugly.

18. Are you afraid others will judge you for reading some of your answers?
Of course not. When you get to be my age, you don't care.

[User Picture]From: shonao
2008-09-12 09:15 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you, as a birth mother, making adoption more appealing to a birth mother that is a teenager is pointless. Unless they have the emotional maturity and capability to handle it. And let me tell you, that is not often the case.

But then, I don't have a better answer to the stupid damn girls that get pregnant and think it's cute and keep the damn thing at 14!!! *sigh*
But then, as we all know, common sense isn't so common.

Just thought I'd give you an inside peep :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-12 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm in no way saying it would be easy, but when you have an immature pregnant person, there are no good options left. If we could give the birth mother support to help them handle how difficult it is, and help them remember what good they are doing for the child, it could help more people consider the option. It could take a burden off of the foster care system and give adoptive parents the chance to adopt kids before they are all messed up by incompetent children raising them. Even if only a few more kids took this route, it would be a great savings in life.

I know my vote is unpopular, but with a 12 year old I'd rather see them get an abortion than raise a child which is likely going to have a miserable life.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2008-09-12 09:33 pm (UTC)
Meh, I agree with the abortion thing to a point, mainly only because I worry about their bodies and the repercussions from a procedure as such. Though I will give you that it's easier on their little bodies than pregnancy!

I know it sounds good in theory about the adoption thing, and I would completely and 100% agree with you had I not been there myself. Had I not been an adoption mentor for the last 10 years, and seen these girls first hand. The younger you are, the worse it is, too; at least from what I have watched.

But you know, the kids I have noticed handle this kind of thing the best are the ones with supportive parents. Not the parents that take it like a catastrophe, not the parents with the 'you made your bed, now lie in it', as those all keep their babies, and are eternal victims.
It comes down to how the parents have been with them. If they speak of giving and unconditional love, the kids will take that and put that into their own decisions. Thus you have adoption as it is today.

If you do just about anything else, you walk a really fine line with the adoption af even just 20 years ago. It always comes down to the child's parents. Always does. I personally believe that if we had sex ed half worth a damn things would be a touch better.

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-12 09:37 pm (UTC)
It's not just sex ed. It's our culture that is the problem as well as the parents and other kids too. Young girls are being passed around at parties like a beer bong. It's gross. Our daughters AND sons often feel like this is ok and oral sex isn't sex. No wonder unprotected sex without love doesn't seem like a big deal.

Beyond being worried about their bodies, I worry about the kids they create. I say the options they should face are 1. The kid has family support to raise the child so it isn't another disaster that society has to raise. 2. The kid has no support so they get to choose early abortion or infant adoption. This means either the new life has a good future or doesn't happen. This would be better for society on the whole, although it sounds cold.
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[User Picture]From: glass_houses
2008-09-12 10:17 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything but 8 and 15!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-12 10:22 pm (UTC)
I thought this wa sa very interesting survey. I like to know what people think and why.
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