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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    SSM and abortion are both topics I spend a lot of time on here, yet in the real world care very little about.
    Then your presentation here, does not reflect your actual presentation.

    You're mixing political theory with the practical application of policy.
    The two cannot be separated in the discussion we are having.

    To answer your question, yes, I probably would vot for him, because abortion isn't a big deal to me. It's just fun to debate. Same with SSM. Liberals are right, these things don't effect me, and so I don't care; but this isn't the real world, this DebatePolitics.com, a video game, and it's fun to argue the hot-topics.
    Then my example doesn't apply to you.

    In truth social issues aren't going to make or brake my support for any given candidate. I am a social conservative, but it's not a big deal. I didn't vote against President Obama because he was pro-choice, but because he's on the record in strong support of single-payer nationalized healthcare. The social issues and speaking gaffs (57 states; "punished with a baby", etc) were just tools to troll the left here, nothing more.

    If a liberal came out and was strong on SSM, abortion rights and nationalized healthcare, yet immovably resilient on national security and the 2nd amendment, then this conservative would be voting for a liberal.

    That doesn't change my positions on those various issue, though, which means who I support doesn't define what I am.

    Put all of those same social issues in front of me in a ballot box, and though I overlooked them when considering a candidate's total political platform, I would still vote to oppose elective abortion and SSM.
    All you are saying is that, inside your "lean", social issues are not so significant. However, you have demonstrated my point in your position on the 2nd Amendment. Who you support does not define who you are... nor does a compendium of everything you support. You have your "hot button" issues like everyone else, and you will vote for someone who supports that issue, often regardless of their positions on other issues. If Obama came out as strongly supporting the 2nd Amendment, and his opponent in 2012 was more neutral, I'd think you might vote for Obama. That would not make you a liberal.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by NGNM85 View Post
    That still, essentially, leaves me at 'Other'. 'Libertarian', in the literal sense, would be correct, but it's virtually never used that way in the United States, where it means almost the exact opposite.
    So go literal.

    When I read a post and glance at the "lean" chosen, I contrast the lean to the post. Most often I'm surprised to see "Conservative." Liberals who claim to be such often match their lean choice. Cons don't. Of course I'm bringing my own POV to all of this, but then aren't we all?

    The result is I come away from a session thinking there are more variances among conservatives than among any other group here. If those who lean liberal or whatever would choose something besides "ain't gonna tell ya,", it might help give us all some perspective on where others are centered, if not anchored.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    So, Jerry...

    DemPeaceTheory means I believe world peace is most achievable through the democratization of all nations - and I'm militant about it (thus, a hawk).

    Green means cap-and-trade, wetlands preservation and restoration, sustainble agriculture (especially organic), proper use of the endangerd species act (for key and indicator species only), community management of habitat and wildlife resources, industrial emission control, externality accounting, mandatory recycling, new mpg classifications, etc. I would like to eliminate the farm-bill, if that means anything to you.

    Legalization of soft drugs, maybe hard drugs too.



    LuckyDan, as soon as I bust out the neocon foreign policy, libertarian (with a small l or not) will cause a full-on crapstorm. You know this. I cannot identify with libertarians as a hawk. Pro-life and state-green doesn't sit well with the libertarians either, but hawk blows it out of the water.


    You two should just admit that independent is the best lean available for me. I've proven my case. Stop being haters.

    OR

    Have them add "Pro-life, Green, Hawk Libertarian" to the available leans.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Then your presentation here, does not reflect your actual presentation.



    The two cannot be separated in the discussion we are having.



    Then my example doesn't apply to you.



    All you are saying is that, inside your "lean", social issues are not so significant. However, you have demonstrated my point in your position on the 2nd Amendment. Who you support does not define who you are... nor does a compendium of everything you support. You have your "hot button" issues like everyone else, and you will vote for someone who supports that issue, often regardless of their positions on other issues. If Obama came out as strongly supporting the 2nd Amendment, and his opponent in 2012 was more neutral, I'd think you might vote for Obama. That would not make you a liberal.
    What I am determines who I support, not the other way around.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    So, Jerry...

    DemPeaceTheory means I believe world peace is most achievable through the democratization of all nations - and I'm militant about it (thus, a hawk).

    Green means cap-and-trade, wetlands preservation and restoration, sustainble agriculture (especially organic), proper use of the endangerd species act (for key and indicator species only), community management of habitat and wildlife resources, industrial emission control, externality accounting, mandatory recycling, new mpg classifications, etc. I would like to eliminate the farm-bill, if that means anything to you.

    Legalization of soft drugs, maybe hard drugs too.
    'Slightly liberal' to 'liberal' libertarian.

    World piece is a dream only the naive believe is possible, so that identifies libertarians.

    Cap-n-Trade is just a tax, so supporting it identifies a left-based political outlook.

    Legalization of hard drugs (which necessarily means doing away with prescriptions altogether) is another naive and rather uneducated dream of the libertarian, but you don't sound very passionate about it so it doesn't push you to far into the liberal spectrum.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Fine. I'm a liberal libertarian who wants to invade Iran immediately.


    I'm staying with independent. Thanks for your time.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Fine. I'm a liberal libertarian who wants to invade Iran immediately.
    Poor stance on foreign policy further identifies you as libertarian.

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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    So go literal.
    I thought about it, and I still might, my only reservations were;
    A: I don't want to be incorrectly associated with a political ideology I don't endorse, and, in fact, emphatically reject.
    B: I don't want to have to spend all of my time disabusing people of their misconceptions. Well, at least, not just about this one thing.

    Of course, I'm fully aware I'm not responsible for other people's failings, but, again, I'm not sure I want to subject myself to the aggravation.


    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    When I read a post and glance at the "lean" chosen, I contrast the lean to the post. Most often I'm surprised to see "Conservative." Liberals who claim to be such often match their lean choice. Cons don't. Of course I'm bringing my own POV to all of this, but then aren't we all?

    The result is I come away from a session thinking there are more variances among conservatives than among any other group here. If those who lean liberal or whatever would choose something besides "ain't gonna tell ya,", it might help give us all some perspective on where others are centered, if not anchored.
    On the first point, at least, I agree completely. It's a testament to the kind of Orwellian doublespeak common to our political discourse, at least the mainstream political discourse, that George W. Bush can be called a 'conservative' with a straight face. Sadly, this is common, like 'capitalism', 'socialism', etc., the word has been misused and perverted, to the point of being almost evacuated of all meaning.
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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Except that 'liberal' and 'conservative' are not parties
    As already pointed out to you - "Liberal" and "Conservative" exist as parties elsewhere in the world. In fact, we invented those parties.

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    I think independents are gutless. They are neither fish nor fowl, hot nor cold...
    Equally wrong comment, even within a party system such as operates here in the UK there have been many genuine "Independent" representatives. Some have been largely single-issue candidates who served for one term or two such as Martin Bell MP

    Martin Bell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Bell took on one of the Conservative parties safest seat holders and beat him thoroughly. There will be other examples around the word but it's safe to say - being independent of the mainstream requires thought and constant self assessment. IMO, it's far easier to fall in line with the mainstream generally and that includes here at DP.

    It's not too hard to extend that and imagine that here on DP, some posters here have non-mainstream or non-affiliated views on different situations and arguments thus "undisclosed" or "independent" fits the bill perfectly.The alternative could be wasting time in discussion explaining why your views on one subject do not reflect what someone else thinks your lean affiliation is supposed to be.

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    Re: Should DP add 'independent conservative' and 'independent liberal'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    As already pointed out to you - "Liberal" and "Conservative" exist as parties elsewhere in the world. In fact, we invented those parties.
    DP has always been oriented on American politics.

    If you're suggesting the labels change to now reflect international political views, I agree with that. There is a world of difference between the American conservative lean and another countries Conservative Party, though, and that distinction should be clear in any new label system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    Equally wrong comment, even within a party system such as operates here in the UK there have been many genuine "Independent" representatives.
    That's the UK.

    DP is in America, and most of our sub-forums are focused on American issues.

    If this is to change, that's just fine, but if we're describing the current label system then it's important to realize that it was not made with international politics in mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    It's not too hard to extend that and imagine that here on DP, some posters here have non-mainstream or non-affiliated views on different situations and arguments thus "undisclosed" or "independent" fits the bill perfectly.The alternative could be wasting time in discussion explaining why your views on one subject do not reflect what someone else thinks your lean affiliation is supposed to be.
    90% of the time we just troll each-other anyway, so it's not a big deal.

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