I am a conservative and I do
I am a conservative and I do not
I am a liberal and I do
I am a liberal and I do not
I am a libertarian and I do
I am a libertarian and I do not
I am a centrist/moderate and I do
I am a centrist/moderate and I do not
I fit some other category and I do
I fit some other category and I do not
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The therm "Liberal" is too worst insult, to use it is a sin, I prefer other words if I want to offend my enemies.
I am relatively conservative on many, but not all, issues.
I use it to identify positions or individuals that I consider "liberal". Since I oppose the majority of liberal-agenda-items, this identifying descriptor is, to me, a negative. As in, "Obama is too liberal."
OTOH, I don't think I've ever flung it around as an overt insult, as if it were a substitute for "dirty rotten scoundrel". I don't consider liberals to be bad people, just somewhat misguided or mistaken.
On the other, other hand, the terms "liberal" and "conservative" have been so mis-used and mis-defined in recent decades that they've become relatively meaningless. Then there's the issue that Europeans and most of the world don't mean the same thing by "liberal" or "conservative" as we in the States do. This is one of the reasons why my lean label is "independent": I don't want people mistakenly assuming where I stand on the basis of an ill-defined label.
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.'.."
Liberal can mean so many things dependent on the era, the political system in place etc. American leftists are hardly liberal when it comes to economics and government-reactionary parasitic statism is a more accurate description for those whose answer to every problem is more government, more regulations, and more taxation. I tend to refer to such people as welfare-socialists which is a more accurate term. On some social issues, "liberal" might be an accurate description such as allowing gays in the military or gay marriage-the "liberal" position is one that would be understood as liberal for decades.
I tend to use "liberal" as a term of endearment. I use "Conservative" as a label, and "Neo-Con" as an insult.
Last edited by d0gbreath; 12-23-10 at 08:12 AM.
It would be an odd day indeed if I used the term liberal as an insult. My personal preference is to not use political labels as insults, but rather say "x ideology is wrong because ..."
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
I try not to lump people into groups so much. I don't assume that anyone with similar political ideals can be grouped up like that. However, I reserve the word "douche" for people who act like douches, regardless of any political lean.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.