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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by iamitter View Post
    I think you're right about the policy, but that, in my eyes, doesn't justify the military's existence in the scale it currently does.
    So if i'm reading you correctly, maybe you believe that the military should only be used in defense of the homeland, rather than defending our interests overseas? Thus justifying a much smaller military?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    So if i'm reading you correctly, maybe you believe that the military should only be used in defense of the homeland, rather than defending our interests overseas? Thus justifying a much smaller military?
    I'd say that's pretty close. We haven't had enemy troops on US soil for a long, long time. I would support diplomatic action before military first in any case.
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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by iamitter View Post
    Yeah, there really isn't. I generally don't even find a third party that does. I have to compromise my views and think about what I want more when I vote.
    I personally think party loyalty is an antiquated concept. Parties, especially at the national level, don't adhere to a coherent ideology or set of principles. Their job is to get votes and win elections. I'm registered as a Democrat but I don't find much value or pride in identifying myself as a Democrat, I consider myself to be a solid liberal. The are moderate Democrats and conservative democrats, and one issue that might separate liberals and conservatives at the national level (say, gun control) isn't even an issue at the state/local level (i.e. most Virginia Democrats are pro-2nd amendment). It also really puzzles me why so many people consider themselves proud Republicans rather than proud conservatives, because Republicans don't represent a coherent ideology either, as there are many different types of conservatism. So I don't think you're really missing out much.

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    Re: Left or Right?

    According to one of those tests, I'm a liberal.

    Although I wouldn't describe myself as liberal.
    Last edited by digsbe; 03-08-11 at 12:56 AM.
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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Your avatar sure attests to you being "socially moderate". Seriously, your answer doesn't pass the laugh test.
    My avatar is more of statement of moving from the Rocky Mountain west to the deep south than a political statement.

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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    According to one of those tests, I'm a liberal.

    Although I wouldn't describe myself as liberal.
    Which of your answers do you think made your results lean in that direction?

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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    According to one of those tests, I'm a liberal.

    Although I wouldn't describe myself as liberal.
    Well, they don't fully let you put weight onto the things that really matter to you, and also they ask some dumb questions IMO on those quizes, so who knows how accurate they really are.

    For example,

    "If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations."

    hmm... agree??

    "Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries."

    WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Well, they don't fully let you put weight onto the things that really matter to you, and also they ask some dumb questions IMO on those quizes, so who knows how accurate they really are.

    For example,

    "If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations."

    hmm... agree??

    "Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries."

    WTF?
    whoa...I don't know which test you took but those are just loaded questions.

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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I personally think party loyalty is an antiquated concept. Parties, especially at the national level, don't adhere to a coherent ideology or set of principles. Their job is to get votes and win elections. I'm registered as a Democrat but I don't find much value or pride in identifying myself as a Democrat, I consider myself to be a solid liberal. The are moderate Democrats and conservative democrats, and one issue that might separate liberals and conservatives at the national level (say, gun control) isn't even an issue at the state/local level (i.e. most Virginia Democrats are pro-2nd amendment). It also really puzzles me why so many people consider themselves proud Republicans rather than proud conservatives, because Republicans don't represent a coherent ideology either, as there are many different types of conservatism. So I don't think you're really missing out much.
    I understand what you're saying, but the thing is, I generally find so much to disagree with, with both, that I find it hard to vote for either. I dislike political inactivity, so I try to vote whenever possible, but I always make my vote be on the candidate, not party. In any case, I generally make a point of not voting for someone who is way too religious for me, or dislikes science and the scientific method. It comes down to, I think, well, part of my income would be redistributed against my will (I do so voluntarily) and inefficiently. On the other side, I keep more of my money, but I have people disparaging atheists like me and, in my opinion, being discriminatory toward social freedoms.
    I'm not in any way strapped for cash and I sometimes feel like it might be better for us in the long run if our current govt. collapsed, so I tend to go more with my liberal side and promote what I consider social freedoms and liberty.
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    Re: Left or Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    whoa...I don't know which test you took but those are just loaded questions.
    HERE: The Political Compass - Test

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