In our current political climate, there is a pervasive attitude that "we are right and they are wrong." That, of course, does not help to bridge any gaps or heal any wounds. I dated a liberal woman for two years and never thought that she was stupid for being liberal. I thought that she simply had different ideas about the role of government in our lives. I disagreed with those choices, obviously, but I can't say they they are wrong.
How do you feel about the political opposition? Are they idiots or are they people who have simply made different choices about the role of government in our lives?
- I am a Conservative and Liberals are simply WRONG!!!
- I am a Liberal and Conservatives are simply WRONG!!!
- I am a Conservative but I believe that political beliefs are matters of opinion and reasonable people can have different opinions
- I am a Liberal but I believe that political beliefs are matters of opinion and reasonable people can have different opinions
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None of the above.
Americans are more confused than most.
Generally what seems to happen is that people pick a side based on which one seems to fit them better than the other one based values they have heard other people assigning to a particular side.
Then what they do having picked a side is they believe that whatever they think is what the side they picked thinks.
You have done this yourself.
The 2nd amendment is the right to bear arms. It is an objective fact that this is a liberal position. You and others assign it to the conservatives because you want to, you just decided to do that, but it isn't true.
The left right scale is an extremely poor measurement because you cannot define every political position properly.
The minimum axis is 2 axis, as in:
When you try to use a single axis authoritarian and captialist share the right side and anarcism and communism share the left side.
Conservative is right wing.
Liberal is left wing.
An authoritarian state wants gun control because it increases its power hold over the people.
The liberal positon is trying to minimise state power and control and promote freedom and personal choice.
Therefore 2nd amendment is a Liberal position. As is anything which includes choice, such as the pro abortion position.
This is also why its hilarious to watch Americans bashing liberals and then screaming Woooo! land of the free! Because they dont understand that the freedom loving parts of the constitution are liberals positions. Pretty much all of the good stuff belongs to the liberal position.
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I'm guilty of my fair share of name calling, but at the end of the day I don't really hate anybody for their political beliefs. I do rail against factually incorrect information when the topic of debate isn't subjective, though.
For example, if you think some of our problems are better solved through a market based approach rather than government programs, then that's a totally valid viewpoint - one that I'm on the fence about myself. But if you tell me something I can disprove by spending 5 minutes on a government website and then continue to argue about it regardless... then we have a problem.
This happens with both Conservatives and Liberals. The other day one of my friends said something about how Justice Kennedy's son gave Donald Trump a loan of a billion dollars and that's why he stepped down when he did. That's blatantly false, and I told him so. Now, I think Trump is an incompetent clown but wrong is wrong.
So, I do often think people are idiots and those people are often Conservatives but I'm under no illusion there aren't a lot of Liberal idiots out there, too. I guess I'm anti-willful ignorance rather than being against one political ideology vs another.