The political party that I am most affiliated with is the Democratic Party. Issues such as gay marriage, abortion, the economy, and the environment are certain topics that force me to lean democratic over republican.
Firstly, the debate over whether homosexual men and women should be allowed to get married, and receive all the legal benefits that go along with the institution, is one of the foremost social issues in our country today. For the most part, Republicans in recent years have taken a conservative anti-marriage stance on this issue, while democrats have been keener on supporting marriage equality. While I know this issue is surrounded by religious and political debate, I personally don’t see anything wrong with allowing two people who are in love to receive equal benefits like their straight counterparts. As someone who firmly believes a person is born gay or straight, to deny a fellow human being something as fundamental as the right to marriage seems cruel to me.
Another example is the issue of abortion. Along with gay marriage, this issue is also extremely prominent in today’s political discussions. I view abortion as an extremely personal decision between a woman and her own body, one that should not be interfered with by politicians or governments. What gives anyone the right to think they should be able to restrict or prevent a woman from making decisions about her own body. As someone who is not religious, any argument stemming from biblical texts or beliefs holds no merit for me in the court of law. The democrats are overwhelmingly pro-abortion, a stance that I myself follow.
In addition, the economy is also an issue that I side with the democrats over. Now I will not pretend to understand how all of the interworkings of the economy function, but then again neither do the vast majority of people. What I do support though, is government regulations on big businesses and corporations. I believe the government should put in place guidelines and restrictions for big businesses to follow, and be forced to comply or face harsh penalties. While I support laissez-faire economics to a degree, I also believe too much power given to the raw and uncontrollable free markets will spawn more corruption, economic crisis, and exploitation of American families by big corporations. It is because the democrats are in favor of stricter government regulations on the economy that I support their position.
Lastly, the debate over the environment and global warming furthers my position in the democratic platform. The United States is one of the few democratized, western powers where the debate over the legitimacy of global warming rages. Many republicans take an anti-scientific approach and deny that global warming even exists in the first place. There is countless evidence that exists that demonstrates...