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I Am Centerville, Neither Republican Nor Democrat

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When it comes to my political beliefs, I am indecisive between being a Republican or a Democrat. The reason for this, is because I never really showed enough interest into learning more about politics. As for my politically ideology, I feel that I am more liberal than I am conservative. In theory, ideology is defined in two ways, “(1) Organized set of political attitudes based on underlying principles”, and “(2) a cohesive set of beliefs that form a general philosophy about the role of government” (McAtee). An Individual’s political ideology can be formed from public opinions and agents of socializations (McAtee). According to the quiz I took on “”, the results showed that I was “Centerville”, which means that I am in between of being a Democrat or a Republican, or that I support both sides and yet oppose to both sides.
As I mentioned earlier, I am indecisive to being Republican or Democrat, because there are some things that I support and some things I do not support on both sides. These things include abortion rights, death penalty, gun control, education, and welfare. For rights on abortion, the Democratic Party favors it while the Republican Party opposes it. I favor the Democrats Party on abortion rights. According to the article, “Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs”, “A woman has the right to decide what happens with her body… The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right”. In my opinion certain situations such as rape could cause a woman to become pregnant and to have an abortion, and I believe that it is the women’s decision to either keep the baby or not. As for the death penalty, the Democratic Party opposes it and the Republican favors it. I favor both sides but in different ways. The Democrats want to abolish the death penalty because they believe “It is inhumane and is ‘cruel and unusual' punishment (“Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs”). Also they fear that an innocent person is at risk of being executed; that is why I favor the Democrats because I would not want an innocent person be sentenced to death for a crime that they did not commit. The Republicans believe that the death penalty is the perfect punishment for crimes that involve murder; this is why I favor the Republicans because I believe that a murderer should be sentence to death for taking away an innocent life. For the rights of gun control, the Democrats oppose it and the Republican favors it. I favor the Republican Party because I feel that any individual should have the right to carry a gun due to protection purposes. The Republicans believe,” Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws – additional laws will not lower gun crime rates. What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns” (“Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs”). If there were more gun laws...

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