Alright then. Here we go (again) guys!
I think this came up earlier in the year. But I guess the politicians now have to come clean. Do they support this or will they go against the opinions of the majority (83 per cent of Danes support an age limit on circumcising boys according to polls).
I agree with this too.
The only instance I think it's necessary for a minor to undergo circumcision is if there is a legitimate health reason/concern which has been advised by a doctor, which does happen. But for religious reasons? Absolutely not.
Keep in mind also, I usually fall on the side of religious freedom but that's because I believe in freedom of association. So to give a classic example, I believe that a religious institution has a right to not conduct a same sex wedding if it goes against their beliefs. I don't believe they should be forced to conduct the same sex wedding against their will.
But in this case, we are talking about a minor being forced to undergo circumcision by a parent. That is coercion, that is not voluntary in the slightest. I would go as far as to say it is barbaric. What reason is there for a child to undergo such a cruel procedure? And no "grooming" or "cleanliness" is not an answer.
So yeah, kudos to those who petitioned and to the Danish government for putting it under consideration.
I regret voting for Obama the 2nd time.
If I were an American, I would have voted for Obama the first time in 2008 even in hindsight mainly due to his anti-Iraq war stance (which turned out to be false). McCain was so bad in most areas that there is no way I could ever support him.
The 2nd time around though? My views had already changed by then (though they weren't exactly the same as now) and I had wised up.
As far as Bernie goes and this might surprise some, but I have to agree with
(though I'd say me and Dray do agree on a number of issues
), both on the radical point and the point about him in a head to head versus Trump. Whilst I don't think it would be as definitive as in 2016 for various reasons, I do think Bernie would beat Trump in 2020 if he were the nominee, and quite significantly too. I have to be realistic looking at the climate in American politics and BM and Dray are right on this topic in my opinion. You have to also remember that Trump would not by this stage have that outsider image looking to shake things up. He is very much the establishment now. Bernie at least still to a degree has a bit of an outsider image going into 2020 though we will disagree on to what extent, sorry BM
As far as Bernie being "radical", I think to a certain extent this is something only a European would understand as snobby as it sounds. The overton window in the US is much more to the right than it is in Europe, so what sounds extreme in America is pretty normal in Europe. Keep in mind, I say this as someone who falls quite significantly towards the right in European overton terms. I disagree with most if not all of Bernie's economic policies but at least on paper in terms of what Bernie is proposing, it's not really radical at all. I'm not going to say it is simply because I think he is wrong on a number of issues.
The problem with Bernie and this is where BM is going to hate me is how he frames himself. Bernie sees himself as a Democratic Socialist but the policies he is advocating for are very much of a social democrat. He has and so has his supporters have mistakenly suggested that the Nordic countries that they have advocated for are socialist. That is simply not true. All of the Nordic countries are market economies and have very capitalistic policies. They are pro-business and most of them are low on tax when it comes to business or corporation tax as it's called. They have extensive social welfare programs, universal healthcare and some go as far as free universal college but that is far away from nationalizing entire sectors of the economy for example.
Until Trump's tax policy, the Nordic countries had lower nominal corporation tax rates than the United States. Even now I believe, the last time it was measured, the Nordic countries have a higher degree of economic freedom than the United States. Though if that has changed, I'm more than happy to read about it.
Point being, the Nordic countries are pro-capitalism and markets but are also in favour of extensive safety nets and public programs. They are social democracies, not socialist countries. And that's where Bernie confuses people by calling himself a socialist.
At the same time, we have evidence of Bernie also praising Venezuela and saying that bread lines are a good thing for a country. Now to be fair and to put things into context, this was said in the 90's. So it is possible that Bernie has evolved his views since then. I'm not disputing the possibility. The question becomes, are the policies that Bernie is advocating for what he truly believes is the ideal system or is he only proposing what he thinks is realistic for the public to get behind? This I'm unsure of, much more so than Jeremy Corbyn for example where it is clear that if he could he would nationalize every economic sector under the government but knows he could never get elected on such a platform. Dray will appreciate what I'm saying I think
I do think Bernie overall is at least more principled than Corbyn so I'll cut him a little slack for that, even if I do think he's been a cuck on the issue of Russia and the DNC hacks
If the Democrats have Bernie or Tulsi as their presidential nominee, I think they'll take power in 2020. If they nominate someone like Booker, Maxine Waters or Warren then I think we get a 2nd Trump term.