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Sociology 205
Professor Rogers
January 29, 2013
Political Spectrum: Where I Fit In
After carefully reviewing what it means to be a liberal or a conservative, I have found that I have mixed beliefs depending on what the issue is. With that being said, I still tend to find myself leaning a bit more to the left, than the right, making me fall into the 10.9% of the population who consider themselves to be slightly more liberal. What I like about the liberal point of view, is that they are accepting of alternative lifestyles, and the overall freedom to be who I choose to be, and live how I choose to live; regardless of someone else’s traditions. What I dislike about the conservative point of view is their special interest in religion, as well as their belief that they see too much individualism in today’s society. To me, acceptance of others for their uniqueness and individuality is the key to life, or the key to happiness that is, and the way of the future. There is nothing wrong with having traditions and religion if that is what one chooses, but it is not something that should limit the rights of others. The bottom is this: we should all have the freedom to choose our own life path.

One issue I lean conservative on is the death penalty. In my personal opinion, I believe the death penalty should be broadened, if anything. People who commit acts of heinous violence have no place in society, (besides prison society) which is costly to us taxpayers, who are also the victims. Murder isn’t the only heinous act. I consider pedophilia to be a heinous act of violence. Whether pedophilia is a mental illness or not is beside that fact, because the torment the victim is left to suffer with for their entire life is reprehensible. These people get a slap on the wrist, and are back out on the street to commit the same heinous acts over and over again. I do believe in the death penalty, and I most certainly believe these people should be on the list to receive it.

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