I recently made a comment on another thread that got a few folks riled up. The thread was about all the school shootings our country has dealt with in recent months. I was trying to be funny and said " It's Bush's fault!", and you'd be amazed at the longwinded, defensive rebuttles I received! I don't know if it's possible, but I wanted to start a thread about politics and give everyone a chance to have their voices heard. I feel there must be guidelines, however, or this could really get out of hand. I will list some issues that are important to me. After each one, I will tell how I feel about that issue. Whoever posts next will do the same thing. There will be no quoting and no comments directed toward other members. Please, each post should list the issues that are important to you and your view on those issues, that's it! If anybody quotes another member or directs a comment toward another member, the thread will be deleted. I hope this goes well, because I really want to hear everyone's opinion. 1. The War in Iraq- I feel like we are doing the right thing by fighting this war in Iraq. The extreme Muslims of the world are out for innocent blood as we experienced on 9/11/01. They will kill anyone who does not believe as they do or anyone who helps an infadel. I know we have lost many troops over there, and that is one reason why we can't quit. Their lives can't be lost in vain. 2. Immigration- I live in Texas, where illegal immigrant population is extremely dense. I am a caucasion and English is my first language, but I have also learned Spanish and speak it fluently. I have several friends that are from Mexico, both legally and illegally. My sister is married to a Hispanic man and I love him like a brother. I assure you that I am not racist toward any race, but I do think something must be done and fast. ILLEGAL is the key word here, folks. They are the ones who are coming across our borders in droves from their third world nations and sponging off of our tax dollars. Yes, I understand that they work harder than most Americans do, but they aren't paying taxes. They can qualify to recieve SSI in their old age without ever paying a cent into Social Security. It's not gonna work much loger, do the math! So, I think we must deport all ILLEGALS that are here now, and shut down our borders. We can still allow LEGAL immigrants who are willing to earn their way into our great country, but to do nothing is to allow the eventual colonization of our great country. MARK MY WORDS 3. ABORTION- this is of most importance to me! I am pro-choice! I think a woman should have the right to choose whether or not she will have sex with a man. I think that a woman should be able to choose whether she will keep her baby or put him/her up for adoption. But more importantly, I believe that an unborn baby should have the right to live long enough to make his/her own decision to live or to die. The only way that abortion should be implemented is if the mother's life is in danger. Otherwise, we have to stop killing babies in this country!!! 4. Marriage- the definition of marriage is "The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife." according to the American Heritage Dictionary. Webster defines it as "the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law". Sounds pretty cut and dry to me. Noboby's rights are being violated here, any man is allowed to marry any woman and any woman is allowed to marry any man. WE ALL HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS!! That's my most important issues. Maybe I'll post some more later on. I voted for Bush both times and I would again if I could.