"After all, you know, there are worse things in life than death. I mean, if you've ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman, you know exactly what I mean."
Give me an issue and I'll give you my position. I'm none of the above on everything. It depends on the issue. I don't feel the need to belong to a political persuasion.
Socially, I am pretty much a centrist
Financially, I am a moderate liberal
I'm a conservative independent.
I am morally against abortion, believe in traditional values, tough punishments, although I have nothing against gay people. I am also in favour of small government, who takes care of the poor, create sound regulation, and try to create a good society for people to live in. The governmemt should not be intrusive. For instance it is not up to the government to decide how many hours I want to work or if I'm going to join a union or not.
I consider myself an independent because I agree with the Democrats on some issues and, and some I want a mixture of both. Therefore, i supported Obama in 2009, but now I will support a Republican or no one.
I despise the conservative idea that gays do not deserve the right to marry and that we must adhere slavishly to a document written over 200 years ago to run our modern country.
I can't stand the liberal idea that illegal immigrants should be welcomed with open arms.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
I'm a vaguely libertarian liberal.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
I am generally a progressive liberal, but with two caveats. First, I don't think the Democratic party is necessarily liberal, so I am not a Democrat. Second, I deviate from the liberal box on some things because no box is fully ethically consistent. I strive to be consistent.
I think my stance is generally compatible with what brings improvement to society as shown by history. However, I regard other stances as necessary. Unchecked progress is just as dangerous as no progress, or reversing progress. I try to moderate my degree of expressed progressivism to be in tune with the reasonable speed of social change. But being further checked by moderates and conservatives is a good thing. I do have views I believe in strongly, but don't fight for right now because I don't think they are feasible from our current position without pushing for excessive change which may destabilize society.
Any ethical inconsistency in my poltical philosophy is a flaw. I do find them occassionally. In such a case, either my general stance must change or my exceptional belief must change. I recently found such a case in myself as pertains to voluntary euthenasia. I chose to change my stance.
Compartmentalized thinking in all forms - basically, inconsistent ethics. There are several political stances that are held almost universally by people with inconsistent ethics. The stances themselves are a result of compartmentalized thinking.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 05-26-11 at 05:40 AM.