I think this is where it gets confusing. The point of the anti-establishment clause is to provide a society in which no single religion is supported by the state and its representatives. No one should be prevented from practicing their beliefs or wearing/displaying religious icons, unless it is in the course of a government-sponsored activity, or on government property.
Originally posted by Kristilyn1
When I say there is no "separation of church and state" I simply mean that there is nothing that PROHIBITS people from practicing their religious beliefs, or even a ban against religious icons, etc.
To get back to the original question, my dream candidate:
• Thinks for him or herself and is willing to sacrifice votes in order to stand up for his/her ideas and policies.
• Upholds Roe v. Wade and supports family planning education. I respect that there are other viewpoints on this subject. I am entitled to my opinion, which is that abortion should be a decision between a woman and her doctor, as well as her partner if she is not the victim of sexual violence. I am far more interested in preventing abortion at the source, by educating people about responsible sexual conduct and birth control.
• Supports full civil rights for gay citizens.
• Supports a national health care plan.
• Has creative ideas for building our job base and providing work for unemployed and underemployed people.
• Is willing to dismantle and rebuild Social Security before it bankrupts the country. It doesn't work as a welfare program. It doesn't work as a retirement program. It simply doesn't work.
• Supports alternative energy sources and research to increase these options.
• Respects the viewpoints of those who disagree with him or her and expresses interest in hearing alternate opinions.
• Can combine rhetoric, ideas and actions to inspire the American people. I want a real leader who will bring a fresh approach to our nation's problems and help us become a stronger country in the 21st century.
See Jessica in her fantasy world...where the sky is pink and the elephants are purple.
Great topic, Debie!!!
For you to be here now, trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. It's an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried before and will only exist this once.
--Bill Bryson, "A Short History of Nearly Everything"