jjl - 11/3/2004 6:50 PM
Another is religious conservatism.
Cant help you there, not religious.[:)]
Another is minimal (relative to Europe) state-provided health care (notice I didn't say 'free'),
Because we dont believe in wealth redistribution. Money earned by an individual is his/her money until he/she spends it. It is not the government's money to take and give to those who refuse to work. And as a libertarian, all such services should be privately done, through charities, for example. A health-care system in which the government meddles with it drives down the quality of health care and drives the costs up.
a very strong military,
You can't protect a vast country without a large military. I agree that we need a few less foriegn bases, but in a time of terrorism, anyone who dares suggest making the .mil smaller would be lucky if he weren't lynched. Its like suggesting you slash your tires and puncture your gas tank before a road trip, only you dont risk your well being on such a road trip.
a belief that force can solve most problems (I could be wrong about that one too)
I dont necessarily believe that, but its nice to have the ability to back up your words. Words without the ability (and fortitude) to back them up are impotent. Our country was founded on making sure we could protect ourself from all agressors, and every time we have slacked in that reguard, someone decided that they were going to take a pot-shot at us (GBR, Japan, terrorists)
intolerance of homosexuality,
Not me. My barber is gay. To each their own. Gay Marriage: Governments should have no say in marriage, which is clearly a religious event. Civil unions should be in order for all, for legal purposes. The couple should find a church that will "marry" them.
Touchy subject, in that no one truely "knows" when life starts. Religion creeps in here alot.
One thing I find particulary difficult to understand is how many americans strongly believe in individual responsibility and merit, and at the same time supporting a military-industrial nationalistic state - seems contradictory.
I am not sure how they are contradictory. But I also dont see how we have a military-industrial nationalistic state either, so it could be my "Blinding Patriotic Goggles"...[;)]