Thank You for Taking AMG's Readers Survey 2012

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Thank You for Taking AMG's Readers Survey 2012

AsMaineGoes 2012 Readers Survey

Thank you for taking part in the AsMaineGoes 2012 Readers Survey. It is open to registered and non-registered AMGer's. Since AMG's beginning in 1998, this is only the second Readers Survey. The first was in June 2008.

AMG's Survey is just 19 quick questions - anonymous - and then room for your comments, ideas, questions if you want to send them along.

Click the "Submit AMG Survey" button at the bottom of the page when you're done. If you make a mistake and want to start over, clicking the "Cancel" button at the page bottom will clear all your answers from the survey.

That's it! Thank you for your help. Click this link to go to the AsMaineGoes 2012 Readers Survey.

If you have any questions you can email me at editor@asmainegoes.com

Best,
Scott K Fish
Owner/Editor AsMaineGoes.com

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Scott, you need to let people

Scott, you need to let people know they don't have to be a registered user in order to take the survey BEFORE they get to the survey.

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Thanks, Mike!!! Scott - are

Thanks, Mike!!!

Scott - are there any questions about Peeps, and preferences? :)

Thanks for doing the survey. The results should be very interesting.

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Thanks Mike. I've added that

Thanks Mike. I've added that new sentence to my original post on this thread.

Best,
skf

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CONGRATULATIONS! Unlike most

CONGRATULATIONS! Unlike most polls which try to box leanings into the standard and imprecise conservative, moderate or liberal, the AMG poll gives the option of checking "libertarian" or "progressive."

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Vic, would you really expect

Vic, would you really expect any less? This is a Scott K. Fish production. : )

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BlueJay: I once brought a

BlueJay: I once brought a reputable national polling company's caller to tears. I got randomly picked to be polled. Toward the end, during demographic info, she asked, "Are you very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?" I firmly said she would have to write-in "somewhat libertarian." She said she could only enter what they had written for a question. I said neither of us had the time to discuss the nuances of the difference between conservative and libertarian; however, if I answered using the word "conservative" rather than "libertarian" the interpretation of my answers would be skewed incorrectly. She responded with a weepy voice and said, "I had a woman hector me just like you about a half hour ago because she preferred the term progressive to liberal and said there are differences. But nobody seems to care around here..."

And that is the sad, sorry lesson of politics today: conveniently pigeon-holing voters into identity boxes which do not give an accurate reading into their thinking. As Scott knows, the "big tent" applies to the generic conservative movement as much as it does to the political party. A certain minister on this site would be comfortable calling himself "conservative" but would never identify as a "libertarian" while I am comfortable calling myself "libertarian" but uncomfortable being lumped into a broad "conservative" classification for fear of being identified as a follower of his point of view. If you have friends on the Left, sit down over a drink and have them inform you of the distinction between being called a "liberal" or a "progressive."

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Vic, I couldn't agree more

Vic, I couldn't agree more and for the same reasons.

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If everybody on Facebook

If everybody on Facebook could "like" this survey at the page bottom, we can get more participants. Thank you!

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Vic, Nearly 20 years ago I

Vic,
Nearly 20 years ago I was asked to write the property planks for both the Constitution Party and the Libertarian parties in Maine. I tailored those different planks for each party. I understood them both. Neither party changed a word in what I wrote. When I ran for the legislature, neither of those parties would endorse my candidacy. Why not? I don't do drugs. Both of those parties had been taken over by promoters of drugs. The drug culture has a well know tactic. It is their motto. "Tune in. Turn on. Take over."

There is the difference between a libertarian and a conservative (neither capitalized in this situation).

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Should Q11 list only parties

Should Q11 list only parties with state-sanctioned status? i.e.: Dem or GOP along with Unenrolled choice? Do not know about Greens, but Libertarians not state-sanctioned.

Q14 makes me wonder. What is size/frequency of average AMG donation?

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Roger -- I have tried for

Roger -- I have tried for years to get you to undestand that lower-case libertarians are not the same as the Libertarian Party. Lower-case libertarians are not all drug users nor is that their primary issue. What they do believe, however, is that the decision must be the free choice of consenting adults without government interference. Might you have answered a surey question as a candidate calling for a stricter law enforcement war of drugs? If so, that would have been why they didn't endorse you. Not because, as you put it, you don't do drugs. And there is a crucial liberty distinction in this and all social issues: the role of government versus individual responsibility.

When libertarian Gary Johnson was the Republican governor of New Mexico he found millions fo dollars spent on law enforcement and incarceration primarily to arrest, try and sentence young people with a few joints on them for recreational use. And there was no reduction in drug trafficking. He logically deduced that taxpayer money could be saved, young lives could avoid a record and stigma and more law enforcement would be available to go after organized crime if small amounts for personal use were decriminalized.

In my organization, The Republican Liberty Caucus (http://www.rlc.org ) we do not call for drug use but for free choice. It is odd that social conservatives could decry government interference in individual choice when, for instance, it takes away a kid's school lunch or mandates religious institutions to provide contraception coverage and call it The Nanny State; yet, not understand that the same philosophical premise applies to all matters of recreational substances, sexual activity and other decisions by consenting adults who take full responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Liberty means individual free choice, not government permission or denial to do something.

This is The Liberty Compact which a candidate must sign to win RLC endorsement (I should think even you, Roger, would have no problem with it):

I pledge to the citizens of this State, and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.

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I know you find us to be

I know you find us to be "odd". We understand. On this Patriots Day when we remember those patriots of old we know that King George and General Gage found them to be odd too. They never changed. We made the necessary changes for them. I spent this weekend teaching in NH and I'll be teaching next weekend in Maine. Last year I taught about liberty in five states. 237 years ago today marksmanship met history and the heritage began. I really like liberty. I like it so much I fought for it in other countries. I have fought for liberty in Maine for 38 years. My love for liberty is unconditional. Yours is conditional. See you Thursday.

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Roger, the only thing which I

Roger, the only thing which I find "odd" is how you see our view of liberty as "conditional" when, in fact, we believe in the sanctity of the individual over government. Fuzzy thinking there. You seem to be the one who wants to label and put conditions on what is defined as individual liberty. Perhaps we need to chat because I respect you and cannot understand your previous post as coming from logic or reason.

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Isn't a plank something you

Isn't a plank something you grill fish on?

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Spending some time tonight

Spending some time tonight tallying some of the AMG Online Reader Survey 2012 results. Fun & instructive. Have you filled out your survey yet? It's free & open to all AMG readers, registered and non-registered. Thank you.

http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/thank-you-taking-amgs-readers-survey-...

Best,
skf

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"Isn't a plank something you

"Isn't a plank something you grill fish on?"

Sometimes it's a plank you walk which may be demonstrated if the LURC bill is actually enacted.

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It's funny, I always thought

It's funny, I always thought of my views (similar to the views of my Republican dad) as being conservative. However given the choices in this survey, I felt it more appropriate in today's context to pick libertarian. Most people wouldn't know what to do with liberty if it was given to them. Yet the people that call themselves "Conservatives" want to steal my money to bomb and bribe foreigners. I hate it when people label me, but I have a hard enough time labeling myself!

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