What influences my views? Hmmm, I'd have to say copious amounts of marijuana.
I'm what Willis was talkin' bout.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Going to and from the moon, every equation has to correct.
Why should a fundamentalist who says God told him 2 + 2 = 5 get an equal seat at the table?
99.9% of the worlds scientists using the finest technology say there is man-made climate change and we'd better change our ways.
Why should the opinion of Billy-bob from Oklahoma who thinks GW is a worldwide conspiracy to make Al Gore rich be given the same measure?
Now I'm all for cordiality and civil debate, but I have become unwilling to accommodate deception, distortion, and disinformation.
If you start off with different assumptions or a different premise, then logic and reason will lead to different outcomes. Therefore, I am not entirely sure how you can claim that logic and rationalism ultimately leads to American-modern-liberalism (in contrast to classic liberalism) as opposed to any other mode of political thought.....