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  •  false equivalence. (0+ / 0-)

    You know, I used to think of myself as socially liberal, fiscally conservative.  It was a nice middle-of-the-road, milquetoast way of not committing.  Over the past few years, I've been thinking.  There's very few conservative fiscal policies I agree with.  I don't want to destroy the safety nets, welfare, SNAP, etc.  I don't want to give tons of money to the military.  I CERTAINLY don't think that tax cuts to millionaires create jobs .  I help run a small business. Tax cuts would actually make us work less.  Increase in sales would make us hire more.  Demand creates jobs.  I am, indeed, full blown liberal.   Partly for moral reasons, but mostly because I think it is the best way to make society run.  

    The reason I say this is because most people I know basically follow the normal curve when it comes to distribution of political views.  There's a few far over on the right (my wing-nut family mostly)  There's a few far over on the left (my wife and I and a few friends.)  However, most are bunched right in the middle.  They are apolitical and would describe themselves as "socially liberal, fiscally conservative."

    My point is, even though I think they would agree with the majority of the Democrat's platform, they will give the "both sides are bad" argument.  Or not wanting to choose between the lesser of two evils.  This is so ingrained in our culture, spread through the media not wanting to appear biased, that it is hard to crack.  They don't care, and they don't see the damage that would come 5, 15, 20 years down the road if the GOP gutted the safety nets and doomed the poor to starve.

    I fell into that same category, but the GOP lurched so far to the right that they converted me into a straight-Democrat voter.   I would have to imagine this happened to others as well.  While the GOP continues to punch itself in the face, we won't see change quickly until the media is willing to point out that a politician and/or party is wrong without trying to equate it with the opposition in some way.

    Sorry for the rant.  I've been living with political rage for 3 years now. :)

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    by Pooter03 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 08:27:00 AM PST

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