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Welcome to Ask the Gav’, where every other week, we ask four Gavel staffers a question, and you get to read their answers! This week, we're going for that which many of us feel ashamed of, the jugular of political expression, the taboo-iest of all taboos: political defection. Many of us have an opinion we hold on to that isn't indicative of our greater political preference, and it's something that shouldn't be as stigmatized as it is. So, Gavelers:
What is a political opinion you hold that defies your usual stance?
Svea McNally, Features Editorial Assistant
I am generally pro-choice, but I am firmly pro-life when it comes to pregnancies where the fetus has been diagnosed with a non-life-threatening disability. Although I do understand that a decision to abort a pregnancy may be impacted by other certain factors, (economic, cultural, etc.), I do not think it is ethical to abort a fetus in response to receiving a disability diagnosis. Choosing to abort a fetus because it has been diagnosed with a disability implies that the lives of disabled people are not valuable. Some may think that aborting a fetus with a disability may be doing the child a favor by saving them from future struggles and difficulties, but a majority of people with disabilities live totally positive and productive lives, ones that count just as much as yours.
Sage DuBois, Business Manager
I won’t lie; it’s difficult for me to find any redeeming policy decision coming from our current administration. One policy that I fully endorse, however, is Trump’s corporate tax overhaul. This change prompted outcry from much of the left, and understandably so. On the surface, it looks like little more than President Trump spoiling profit-hungry corporations with a handout, while leaving the common American out to dry. However, an understanding of the corporation's duty to maximize shareholder value makes it clear that a corporate tax rate is reflected in the real goods market essentially as a flat tax imposed on the American people through an increase in prices. Furthermore, with a competitive corporate tax rate, firms will be less likely to employ tax-evading policies, or simply move overseas.
Jasmine Schmidt, Associate Opinions Editor
My usual political stance is about as far to the left as you can get. This extends to most political issues, with the exception of one: I believe in the death penalty. I do not think that it should ever be used in ambiguous cases, but for criminals who have unequivocally destroyed innocent lives, I do not find it to be either cruel or excessive punishment. Prisoners remain in the criminal justice system at the expense of taxpayer dollars, and I do not believe it is right to use our money to prolong the lives of people who have taken away the lives of others. The death penalty should be used rarely and with caution, but in some cases it is the most appropriate form of justice.
Keaden Morisaki, Copy Editorial Assistant
Personally, this was a difficult question to answer. At first, I thought maybe it was because I couldn’t admit that there was something inconsistent with my general perspective on life/the world/etc. But now I realize that it could be because I don’t feel particularly strong about one party or another. I’ll admit I’m relatively progressive, and generally am in support of the current Democratic party, but I’m hesitant to coin myself a Democrat. Although I grew up in Montana, which is sometimes unbearably red, I’d always thought of myself as a Democrat. But after coming to BC, and having attended a College Democrats meeting, I feel uneasy about branding myself a Democrat. Not because I disagree with what people were saying, but because the atmosphere was eerily similar to that of the Republicans of back home. There are plenty of Montanans who voted for Trump solely on the basis of party allegiance; they felt as though he was their only option. If American history can teach us anything it is that ideology can change. Lincoln was a Republican, after all, and I would much rather prefer him to Jefferson Davis. Should American culture ever experience another flip in political ideology, I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of progress.