Are you more right-wing or left-wing?
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Are you more right-wing or left-wing?
I hate the right/left political dichotomy. It's not descriptive or nuanced enough. I would consider myself a true minarchist, which doesn't tend to sit well with the left or right. "The Center" is usually used to describe those swing voters that vacillate between the two major parties on an election-by-election basis. I don't fit there either.
I'm with @Sovereign on this. I dislike the labels. There is plenty of gray area that's neither "red" nor "blue". I know how I will vote (none of your business, btw, that's why they put the little curtain on the booth), but I don't really identify strongly with either party, or accept the left/right label.
I think it sets up a "you're either with us or against us" mentality. I've heard enough of the red state/blue state bullshit. And ... don't get me started on the Electoral College. It makes it much more difficult to suss out exactly what a candidate's true agenda is. They merely pander to the 11 or so "swing" states, rather than addressing the nation as a whole. I'm really tired of hearing about jobs in Ohio, the "senior" vote in Florida, and who Latino voters favor. How does that help me make up my mind?
Each election season, we are subjected to the constant courtship of both parties of the "undecided" voter. If you look at it as a left-wing / right-wing bell curve distribution, the 20 % in the middle has the most power. The elections are swayed by the apathetic chuckleheads in the center in the swing states who either don't give a shit either way who wins and can't be bothered to vote, or who can't make up their minds and at the last minute, close their eyes and pull the lever.
Sorry to go off on a rant, but like I said ... don't get me started.
Last edited by MsSpookyPants; 10-18-2012 at 09:45 AM.
I'm socially liberal, but economically moderate...the rights of people come first for me, so I would choose left wing when it comes down to it.
I'm top winged and ass winged.I never did like ultimatums."you're either with us or against us"
I guess you would call me right leaning for economic issues, the 2nd amendment, etc. However, I don't think the government has any business telling you who you can marry or what you can put into or take out of your body so I depart from that pretty radically.
In the end, it doesn't matter what I will call myself, neither side will have me... so, I carry the Libertarian standard and I am happy there.
I'd just like to point out that there are such things as left libertarians, and we're pretty tolerant of disagreement on the details. I sympathize with the disgust at electoral politics, and I'll note that scrapping that and starting over, by inventing new sorts of small scale democratic process, so that we can manage matters of common concern in a respectful, open, deliberative, and genuinely non-coercive fashion -- that's kinda our thing.
That's an amazing thing to see in action. You might like it.
I'm a moderate. Polarization of politics is ruining the democratic process. If you identify fully with one of the parties and cannot see the merit of the other party, then I question that persons ability to actually determine what is good for this country.
And I really hate the us vs them mentality. Politicians put politics before solutions and this country. They identify more with the labels democrats and republicans and the influence of their party more than the fact they are American and the betterment of this country.
Both sides make me want to vomit. Starting with their slogans. "Yes, we can" and "Believe in America." Ugh, like nails on a chalkboard in how they both say absolutely nothing at all in the most awful way; it's insulting.