The only person who has no biases is the person who has no opinions whatsoever. I need hardly point out that I am not this person. Indeed, when it's been suggested that I have hidden biases, my general response has been: "Hidden?" I've always assumed they were perfectly obvious, if seldom obviously perfect.
The last time I tried to organize these premises was about five and a half years ago, but it was more a statement of cultural values than of political stances. And inasmuch as my traffic has increased by dozens in those sixty-odd months, it may be that you, Gentle Reader, might not be quite sure where I stand on Issue X. It is the purpose of this piece to clarify that stand, if not necessarily for your benefit, certainly for mine.
- I am a Democrat, though lately what this means mostly is I am not a Republican. I've voted for the occasional GOP candidate, although it's almost always been because the Democrats ran someone I found wholly unacceptable. Let it be said up front that I did, in fact, cast a ballot for George W. Bush in 2004; were he eligible to run again in 2008, I don't think I'd do it again, unless the Democrats were to nominate John Kerry again, and I would vote for a marmoset with brain damage before I would vote for John Kerry.
- I persist in the notion that the Bill of Rights says what it says it says. The first two Amendments allow us to worship (or not to) as we please, to own and operate firearms (or not to) as we please, and to speak as freely as possible. Should you wish to abrogate any of these rights, even on a temporary basis, you had better have a damned good reason. (Hint: you don't.)
- I oppose any and all manifestations of so-called "identity politics," the pernicious notion that putatively-aggrieved groups have, by dint of said grievances, the right to special consideration by government, and by extension the right to special consideration by everyone else. The Constitution recognizes one group: We The People. Anything else is just politics, and not good politics at that.
- I believe that House districts should be as small in area as possible and, to the extent possible, should not overspill existing governmental boundaries: county lines, city limits and such. Iowa has taken the lead here: the Iowa Code "provides that districts shall not be drawn to favor any political party, an incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or any other person or group, or for the purpose of augmenting or diluting the voting strength of a language or racial minority group. To ensure compliance with these requirements, the Iowa Code provides that data concerning the addresses of incumbents, the