My secret platform.
-Allowing more natural deaths to occur [no more decades of life support, let babies born with defects die or be terminated]
That’s as far as I got, but should be enough controversy for today. If you can’t give back, you should not be here. I clarify that opinion by stating that all men are not created equal; this does not mean some should be denied certain unalienable rights. TJ was only half right. In a perfect system, all components are running full blast and no one is falling behind or getting ahead. Not to say that the components of the system are equal; only that they fulfill their purpose equally as well. Given the fact that a person with an IQ of 80 can be autonomous and productive, but will never match the potential of a person on the other side of bell curve, it makes sense that they can not be equal in every way. However, a better definition of equality is that Forrest, Forrest Gump; Stephen Hawking; and Soccer mom all have the same chance to fulfill their potential. Qualitatively I would argue the United States and most of Europe have the resources to provide this equality; the problem, of course, is allocating those resources properly and cutting back inefficiencies.
Recently, I realized that a large number of my views place the individual as more important that the community, but I believe individual empowerment is the best way to benefit the population. This greatly affects my views on solutions to sexism and racism. Much like I believe the US should concentrate on it's own problem before we worry about others, I feel individual improvement should be the first step towards helping others. It should also be said that the fourth book in Gulliver’s Travel’s had a large effect on my life and the development of my idea of how a utopia would have to run (I beliefs don’t parallel the book, but I see it as a very useful analogy). Failing to admit inequality is one big step away from optimization… helping to establish my opinions on “no child left behind”, feminism.
Firstly, I realize that Stephen Hawking is a severely physically disabled individual that has given back more than I ever will. I’m not advocating all babies that aren’t perfect human specimens be aborted or terminated, but I am saying a kid with the IQ of stump and physical deformities limiting him/her to a life of assisted living have no place in this world. You sure don’t see it anywhere in nature.
Secondly, I quite like my definition of the equality we are entitled to: An equivalent opportunity to fulfill an individual’s potential.