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Tue May 13, 2014, 09:12 PM

What are your politics?

I'm wondering about the political makeup of posters here. I read about this site on DU, where I've posted for a long time. I'm interested in having (hopefully civil) conversations with those on the right.

For my part, I'm pretty far to the left. I think the President is a good man, but I don't think he has lived up to his potential. NSA spying pisses me off to no end, Democrats are too aligned with a Wall Street, and politics in America is largely corrupted, in my view.

That's the short (ipad-entered) version of my political thinking. How about you? Are you left, right, or center; and what are your hot button issues?

Thanks.

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Phaedrus May 2014 OP
TotallyNotNuclearDem May 2014 #1
Phaedrus May 2014 #9
AgentMike May 2014 #17
Phaedrus May 2014 #21
Silent But Deadly May 2014 #58
Dusty Weatherwax May 2014 #88
LeeCPTINF May 2014 #2
TotallyNotNuclearDem May 2014 #3
LeeCPTINF May 2014 #27
FORD May 2014 #28
radicalifornian May 2014 #32
Billy Jingo May 2014 #4
Dyfar May 2014 #23
CaliforniaPeggy May 2014 #5
JayVeeNYC May 2014 #6
El Kabong May 2014 #7
RapidlyAging May 2014 #8
Lira May 2014 #10
BenghaziOracle May 2014 #11
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Trainman95630 May 2014 #71
Phaedrus May 2014 #16
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reverse mohican May 2014 #61
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AugustMoonCat May 2014 #13
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Argentina May 2014 #18
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Inquisitive Fish May 2014 #25
fools_gold May 2014 #26
JayVeeNYC May 2014 #31
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BjornAgainst May 2014 #29
FORD May 2014 #30
Verle Mann May 2014 #66
Matthew May 2014 #33
Curmudgeonish May 2014 #34
Sandernista May 2014 #35
Trainman95630 May 2014 #69
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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:13 PM

1. Collectivist anarchist.

Also, hi agent Mike!

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Response to TotallyNotNuclearDem (Reply #1)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:21 PM

9. To be clear, I'm not Agent Mike, but he probably had an account here before I did.

I can already tell there will be a username-matching bonanza before too long, resulting in cross-platform alerts (so-and-so called me names on Discussionist, and I think he posts as such-and-such on DU, so his thread needs to be locked). Stuff like that.

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Response to Phaedrus (Reply #9)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:35 PM

17. Agent Mike does not exist.

I was never here.

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Response to AgentMike (Reply #17)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:47 PM

21. Well, just in case, I wanted to let you know about the people posting below this line.

They're terrorists--every last one of them.

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Response to AgentMike (Reply #17)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:13 AM

58. Best user name I've seen thus far... nt

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Response to AgentMike (Reply #17)

Wed May 14, 2014, 10:05 PM

88. But are you not AgentMike or not Agent Mike

both of whom are registered members here. That's gonna be confusing.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:15 PM

2. Fascist libertarian

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Response to LeeCPTINF (Reply #2)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:16 PM

3. ...that seems like an oxymoron.

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Response to TotallyNotNuclearDem (Reply #3)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:12 PM

27. It is

Exactly. I think labels constrict our thinking.

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Response to TotallyNotNuclearDem (Reply #3)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:12 PM

28. More like a redundancy.

 

Since the Ayn Rand variety of libertarianism means the abolition of all the regulations and rules that have prevented fascism from rising in this country (but have sadly been peeled away since 1981, and accelerated after the stolen election of 2000.

Libertarians today are pro-fascists whether they intend to be or not.

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Response to FORD (Reply #28)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:33 PM

32. +1

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:16 PM

4. Moderate

I fail too many litmus tests.

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Response to Billy Jingo (Reply #4)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:57 PM

23. Same

and I am always evolving. I can't stand people that don't question there long held beliefs.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:17 PM

5. Hey Phaedrus, I think a lot like you do.

VERY liberal Dem. In fact, as I've grown older, my views have become more liberal.

Needless to say, this makes for a lot of disappointment.

Hot button issues? The environment, Keystone pipeline, climate change, the rampant greed of the already rich, and so on.


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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:18 PM

6. Socially liberal, fiscally progressive.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:19 PM

7. Heart of a liberal, mind of a pragmatist

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:20 PM

8. I'm extremely liberal, so I mostly agree with you - I'm not all that positive that

President Obama is that good of a person, though. I used to think he was. But I don't see how anybody who is so much in Wall Street's pocket really can be, you know?

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:23 PM

10. I'm a liberal, even libertarian, on social issues....

A fiscal conservative and I am totally disgusted with both parties.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:24 PM

11. right leaning conservative libertarian.

 

Things like Gays and Drugs, etc... I couldn't give a shit. If people want to be with their own sex whatever, not my business. If losers want to get baked 24/7 more power to them. Just not on my dime...

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Response to BenghaziOracle (Reply #11)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:30 PM

14. No, your dime is going towards corp welfare

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Response to JayVeeNYC (Reply #14)

Wed May 14, 2014, 11:34 AM

71. How do you feel about the crony capitalism of the present admin

 

I'm against all corporate welfare - export / import bank, commerce dept etc. But especially all the tax breaks and subsidies big wind, big solar, big ethanol get.

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Response to BenghaziOracle (Reply #11)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:33 PM

16. So you won't be supporting my tax increase on gun owners to provide weed for the poor?

Who knows, maybe we'll find common ground elsewhere. This should prove to be interesting.

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Response to Phaedrus (Reply #16)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:36 PM

19. lol

 

Nope. But I support your right to buy the shit and smoke it all night long (in the confines of your own property)

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Response to BenghaziOracle (Reply #19)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:44 PM

20. Works for me. nt

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Response to BenghaziOracle (Reply #11)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:29 AM

61. Nice To Know

There is more then one of us.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:26 PM

12. Independent.

Liberal on some things, center on others, etc.

I try to look at each issue in a context not tainted by a party line.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:29 PM

13. I'm a proud liberal... as liberal and progressive as they come.

Some of my hot button issues are women's reproductive rights, GLBT rights, protecting and improving Social Security, a healthcare public option, and animal rights. I'm in favor of all the former. I despise guns and gun worship, military worship, and pious show-offs who think they're so special because they are "people of faith."

Better stop there...

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Response to AugustMoonCat (Reply #13)

Wed May 14, 2014, 04:50 AM

49. This sums up my own beliefs exactly....

...with an emphasis on animal rights. I am,of course,a cat.

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Response to ScarlettTheCat (Reply #49)

Wed May 14, 2014, 03:18 PM

80. Mrrrrow!!! ::::face rub:::::

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Response to AugustMoonCat (Reply #13)

Wed May 14, 2014, 02:53 PM

78. Wow. Add income inequality to your list

and you could be me.

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Response to Wingless Sparrow (Reply #78)

Wed May 14, 2014, 03:19 PM

81. Consider it added! If only there were more of us!

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Response to AugustMoonCat (Reply #81)

Wed May 14, 2014, 06:50 PM

83. Yes, it is frustrating

to have so few people who are not ashamed to be liberal, and to champion liberal causes.

That is probably what has drawn me to DU....more liberals in one spot than I have seen outside of protest marches.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:32 PM

15. Anarcho Fascist...

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:35 PM

18. Progressive.

My major hot button issues are gender and LGBT issues.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:56 PM

22. Left wing Libertarian

In other words, a modern liberal

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:01 PM

24. I'm an atheist.

And I'm not very religious either.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:07 PM

25. I am an anarcho-syndicalism and a member of the Socialist Party and Green Party.

I haven't voted Dem in statewide or federal elections for decades... Though I do campaign for Dems locally.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:09 PM

26. moderate anarcho- capitalist

I'm not rich, but I feel more connected with the 1% than the 99%.

My hot button issues are taxation, environment and energy.

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Response to fools_gold (Reply #26)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:29 PM

31. How so, would like to hear your explanation.

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Response to JayVeeNYC (Reply #31)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:52 AM

68. Explanation of what?

Which thing?

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:18 PM

29. After reading your post I would say my politics are pretty close to yours

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:27 PM

30. Well, I used to give the standard Paul Wellstone (and later Howard Dean) response.....

 

....."I'm from the DEMOCRATIC wing of the Democratic party".

But it's hard to even wear that label right now. This administration has been such a huge bait and switch disappointment, and I can probably count the number of people in Congress that I feel I can actually trust on one hand. That's in both houses, mind you. And one of them (Bernie, of course) doesn't even call himself a Democrat.

So now I guess I would call myself an Independent Liberal. Not required to register with a party in this state, which is probably good, because right now, I'm not sure what box to check on that form. It will never be Republican obviously. And if Keystone XL, SHAFTA/TPP or the Comcast/Time Warner merger passes, it will never be Democratic again either. These things are deal breakers, Debbie. (just in case you or somebody on the DNC staff is reading this board)

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Response to FORD (Reply #30)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:25 AM

66. +1,000

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:35 PM

33. I will continue to be a Democrat for as long as they keep the crazies neutered.

Practical Democrats like the Clintons and President Obama make me proud to be a Democrat, while organizations like the PCCC make me ashamed of it.

I believe in raising the minimum wage higher than currently proposed, single-payer healthcare, eliminating the DEA, strengthening the IRS/EPA, taxing the hell of out the rich and investing more in public transportation and renewable energy.

I am also pro-choice, pro-marriage-equality and think all minorities should be treated equally, as long as it's not at the expense of someone more qualified in a school or work setting. I think there should be strong penalties anytime that anyone with the most merit is not given the job or admission into a school... whether they're black, white, male, female, straight or gay.

I have no issues with the drone program or our intelligence agencies. I believe they've done more good than bad. I believe in a strong military feared by the rest of the world and support exerting our influence as needed. I fear a world in which America is not a superpower. A ground war should be a last resort in the 21st Century, but our global presence should not be reduced.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:38 PM

34. Truman Democrat.

So, neither party really fits me, but the modern Dems are as close as it's gonna get.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:42 PM

35. My "politics" don't have a label.

People should be free.
The government should work better and spend out money more responsibly.
Governments shouldn't overly constrain the rights of the people.
Businesses shouldn't constrain the rights of the people at all.
We do our best work when we work together out of the common good.
"Rugged individualism" is a myth perpetuated by people who forgot who built the road they drove on or the school that taught them how to read.

That is all.

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Response to Sandernista (Reply #35)

Wed May 14, 2014, 11:26 AM

69. Can you explain one thing

 

Businesses shouldn't constrain the rights of the people at all.


How does a business constrain your rights? Your interaction with any business is based on free exchange . Now when big business partners with the government then your interaction can be coerced aka ACA, or contracts with NSA to spy on you etc, but business on it's own without help from the government - I'm not seeing it.

I'm no fan of big business but as far as I know big business never killed 2 million in Cambodia, 60 million in China, 50 million in USSR, 6 million in Nazi Germany - that was all big government.

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Response to Trainman95630 (Reply #69)

Wed May 14, 2014, 01:49 PM

74. OK...here is an example.

Let's say a business dumps toxic waste in the river that supplies my town with drinking water (or any number of other pollutants). I can't express my Constitutional rights if I'm dead from poisoning.

But this is just one small example. Large businesses have the ability influence all sorts of things that affect my life, including whether or not I get to make choices from a competitive market (see the cable industry).

Both government and big business exercise constraints on people's ability to live freely. The difference is, at least, we can elect the leaders of our government. Big business has no oversight.

It would be different if corporations functioned like they did before the spate of Supreme Court rulings which started in the late 19th century. But businesses are now "people" with all of the rights and none of the personal responsibilities of actual citizens. This represents a threat to my Constitutional freedom.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:50 PM

36. Progressive democrat

more liberal than centrist, but somewhat pragmatic.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:59 PM

37. I am a Democrat who believes in taxing the rich.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 11:03 PM

38. I'm of the opinion that if it doesn't pick my pocket or break my leg...

You are welcome to do whatever you want. I guess I'm a classic liberal(libertarian). I have no desire to affect your bedroom decisions and believe you should receive the benefits of your labor.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 11:53 PM

39. I am a social civic-minded individual

who believes that good works speak louder than flag waving, that peace is always preferable to bloodshed, that those who are hungry must be fed, those who are sick healed. I believe that one can achieve the American dream without cannibalizing one's neighbor, that communities can pull together in times of need, that all of us have something significant to offer one another, that we can afford to educate and create opportunities for people, that we do not place profits over people's lives or the environment. If we are willing to work hard, take risks, cast aside tired old conventions, we can undertake the impossible -- a society where all workers basic needs are met, and where the wealthy are shamed and shunned if they refuse to contribute to the welfare of the community.

As far as I am concerned, the ones who stand in the way of me achieving my dream are not my countrymen. They are working for the dark side.

As you can see I am planted firmly on the left bank. And I shall not be moved.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 12:18 AM

40. about as left wing as you can get, both fiscally and socially - today's Democratic party

now sits well to the right of me for the most part...and the right wing (the tea flavored version of today) is so far away from me I couldn't find it with a telescope.

for the most part, I don't feel at all represented by the vast majority of politicians - even in my (Democratic) party...maybe Bernie and Elisabeth...few others.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 12:42 AM

41. Radical Humanist

I recognize that human beings have both good and bad qualities, and I want to encourage the good-whenever possible.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 12:48 AM

42. Old fashioned liberal

big government, socialized health care for all, anti-gun, living minimum wage, environmentalist, and I probably have a libertarian streak in me as well, in that I am very strongly for civil liberties in a free society. Very anti-domestic spying, and anti-surveillance society.

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Response to quinnoxfromdu (Reply #42)

Wed May 14, 2014, 01:29 AM

45. Me exactly.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 01:21 AM

43. I'm a socialist and I usually vote for the Greens n/t

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 01:28 AM

44. Socialist, leftist, punk

Pretty standard stuff. It's my religion htat gets weird. Aggressive atheism and shamanism.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 01:37 AM

46. Independent that always votes

I tend to think that an enlightened self interest is the best means of going about the world.

That means, conservation whenever possible, balanced by what is currently possible and economical, though never using it as an excuse to do nothing.

So, that's where I think I'm at.
I tend to think on what would be the best possible outcome, but tend to be ok with incremental improvements, as long as there is something being done, working towards a desired goal.

Hot button issues:

Education - The way things are now is deplorable. The fact that the concentration on charter schools to me is a disgrace. I am very much against "No Tolerance" rules which is just plain dumb.

I am not sure what else really sets me off. Other than net neutrality.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 01:52 AM

47. Socialist...

I'm a radical lefty.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 02:06 AM

48. Im an American Independent who votes that way or for Democrats

I've never voted for a republican, and with the way they behave these days I don't think I ever will.

Unfortunately, I believe most, if not all of our institutions are corrupt, and it will take a huge effort, beginning at the ground level, for us like minded folks to help to begin to level the playing field for the 99 percent of us.

Currently I spend most of my time trying to open the eyes of folks I interact with in real life, especially republicans, to open their eyes to the corruption, everywhere, and to get out of the false binary thinking of us vs them.

I like the old African proverb of "I AM WE"!

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 05:29 AM

50. Depends on the issue

I like taking political quizes like ISideWith.com it always surprises me when the results are tabulated.

http://www.isidewith.com/results/525611113

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 05:31 AM

51. I'm to the left of Mahatma Gandhi...

I'm serious.

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Response to Mr_Scorpio (Reply #51)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:02 AM

56. lol. Ghandi really wasnt that left.

 

but that's a longer conversation.

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Response to galileosghost (Reply #56)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:23 AM

59. As far as world leaders went, he was leftier than most...



But also, I can say that I'm leftier than the Dalai Lama. That's lefty, baby!

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Response to Mr_Scorpio (Reply #59)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:44 AM

63. absolutely give you that. nt

 

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 06:30 AM

52. Social Progressive

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 06:51 AM

53. No fitting label

I'm too liberal to be labeled a Republican and too conservative to be labeled a Democrat. I'm registered Independent. When voting I look past the affiliation and try to discern the candidate who best represents myself, my concerns, my area. It doesn't always work out, but I keep trying.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 06:54 AM

54. Independent

I don't think either party serves the people that elect them. I would consider myself right of center. I think for the most part that the Republicans are the party Boss Hog's, but the Democratic party doesn't offer much either at a national level. When I vote, I don't look at party affiliation. I look at what that person has done. I am usually disappointed with whomever I vote for because all politicians are liars in my experience, and I am a believer in term limits. If these beliefs offend people, I am not sorry. I enjoy reading other points of view, and it helps me make educated choices. I hope I get to stay here, because I do not toe any particular party line.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:00 AM

55. a practitioner of the Dark Enlightenment mixed w/ Absurdism?

 

who knows anymore. who cares?

damn, now I'm a Nihilist.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:05 AM

57. There is one person who calls him or herself a "right leaning conservative libertarian."

But other than that not one person identifying with the Tea Party, or identifying merely as "conservative" or "Republican" has weighed into this thread. Myself I am a Democrat but I hope that this site can have bona fide Republicans participating as well. But so far it doesn't look like there are many of them here if at all.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:24 AM

60. Hard to characterize

I've been called everything from a communist to a rethug. Generally that happens when I point out that someone's argument has evidential flaws.

I believe strongly in civil liberties, most specifically free speech, because I think maintaining all the rest of them depends on maintaining free speech. On free speech I am a radical libertarian.

My politics tend to be more those of what I would call "old-fashioned Democrat".

I too believe that the current parties are in bed with Wall Street, and that it's terribly bad for the country. NSA spying and the growth of what I would call a surveillance state worry me, and it worries me far more that it got worse under a Democratic president.

To me it seems that our national politics is "stuck" in some bad policies.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:42 AM

62. old liberal from the 60's

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:44 AM

64. I am a Socialist Democrat.

 

Just to the left of Senator Sanders.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:16 AM

65. Classic Libertarian, but realistic.

Strong supporter of the Constitution.

Against: NSA Spying, government overreach, unneeded wars, tax increases, encroachment into healthcare.

For: Individual responsibility, equal marriage, decriminalization of soft drugs, strong second amendment rights, strong state's rights, reduction in scope of government, increase in accountability of government.

General view towards politics: Government should perform only the tasks we can not perform as individuals, or private organizations. National defense, diplomacy, severe emergency management and relief, and similar national challenges. Federal government has no place in healthcare, social issues, redistribution (either to private individuals or corporations), if this is to happen, it must happen at a state level.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:32 AM

67. My views change depending on what I am told they are for the day.

 

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Response to ProLapse (Reply #67)

Wed May 14, 2014, 02:42 PM

76. ROFLMAO!!

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 11:31 AM

70. Libertarian on social issues, arguably far right on fiscal matters.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 11:36 AM

72. I hate labels, but if I had to label myself,

 

then I would fall into the classification of a conservative Democrat.
I'm very liberal/progressive on social issues, but very conservative on foreign issues.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 11:41 AM

73. Common Sense Moderate Democrat

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 02:40 PM

75. FDR style pro-labor Democrat.

I'm socially liberal and mostly progressive but my main focus is on labor issues.

It's really too bad there is next to no one on the side of labor in Washington anymore. The third way assholes sold us out to Wall Street years ago. Still, the battle must continue.

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Wed May 14, 2014, 02:48 PM

77. Unaffiliated.

Pro-life, pro-Dream act, mixed feelings about universal healthcare, for gun control (but not too much), against the Obamacare birth control mandate (for religious liberty reasons), and other issues, anti-spying without a good reason.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 02:57 PM

79. So far to the left I was banned from DU

My hot button issues are environmentalism, climate change, education (esp science education), ecological economics.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 04:39 PM

82. On economic issues, I'm a libertarian extremist

Sort of a mixed bag on social issues, though I'm pretty consistent in thinking that most issues (abortion, marriage, drug policy, etc.) should be left to the states.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 07:04 PM

84. Pragmatic Liberal

I'll push hard for liberal causes, but I can call up a pragmatic side if I have to.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 08:25 PM

85. Hard to pigeon hole

Equally disgusted with both major parties.

Pro-choice
Pro- civil rights
Pro-marriage equality
Pro-guns (with reasonable controls)
Pro-environment, if backed with legitimate science
Pro-weed legalization (tax it)
anti-zealotry in the name of organized religion
anti- affirmative action
anti-wasteful government spending
anti-political correctness
anti-illegal immigration
Quasi isolationist
anti-big government
Pro-flat tax (V.A.T)
Anti-wealth confiscation and redistribution
Deist

Largely view both parties as two sides of the same corrupt coin.

Don't want to be either the worlds policeman or bankroll. Would rather see most foreign aid redirected to infrastructure and quality of life improvements in this country.

The older I get, the more I would just like Government to leave me alone, an off the grid cabin looks better and better every year.

So what am I, other than being politically confused?

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:22 PM

86. Centrist Democrat

Liberal, but still well grounded.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 10:02 PM

87. Democratic socialist

I am tired of seeing everything privatized,esp school and healthcare.some things were not meant to be for profit

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 10:06 PM

89. mine are

the politics of participatory resistance.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 04:15 PM

91. I'm a libertarian socialist

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I don't have a specific tendency but I'm sympathetic to mutualism, anarcho-syndicalism/anarcho-communism and others.

Libertarian socialism is not an oxymoron, socialism is workers control of the means of production, this can exist without a state and has before in the past, like Revolutionary Catalonia and Anarchist Ukraine.

Countries like the Soviet Union wasn't socialist because the state owned the means of production not the workers. That's called state capitalism.

Libertarian originally meant left-anarchist, notĀ unregulated capitalism.


My hot bottons issues include marriage equality, a woman's right to choose, labor unions and gun rights/gun control.

My views on guns aren't like the teabaggers, I don't oppose requiring training and getting a license that says you're a legal gun owner.

But I also oppose banning certain guns because they have like pistol grips and adjustable stocks (features that make something an assault weapon) especially since murders with rifles of any type including assault weapons account for less than 3% of them, while handguns account for nearly half of the murders committed in the U.S. as well as the majority of mass shootings and nobody seems want to heavily restrict handguns, instead they want a subset of the least misused type of firearm.

I'd say I'm in the middle when it comes to tbe gun debate, I don't see gun rights and gun control to be mutually exclusive.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 04:56 PM

92. Left-winger; British Labourite betrayed by Blair

I'm not so much a strong supporter of any one party as a strong opponent of right-wing, post-Thatcherite policies. I believe in a mixed economy, with a strong role for the public sector; maintenance of public services especially the NHS (hence my username) and education; a return to something approaching full employment (pipe-dream at the moment!); opposition to racism and xenophobia and military adventurism; prevention of poverty as one of the world's greatest evils.

America and Britain are joined at the hip in foreign and increasingly economic policy. I feel solidarity with American Democrats, not because most Democrats are as left-wing as I am, but because I agree with their vision for the world far more than that of the GOP.

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 07:47 PM

93. Somewhere right of Attila the Hun. n/t

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 10:17 PM

94. Humphrey-Mondale-Wellstone liberal. n/t

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Response to Phaedrus (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 10:21 PM

95. witness

 

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