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    Re: LouC here!

    Quote Originally Posted by smallvoice View Post
    Well, which party is that? Certainly not the dims, and you say not the Rs.
    It is the Democratic Party. Not one single fellow Democratic Party member ever accosted me, denigrated me, verbally assaulted me, castigated me, laughed at me, or, in the final straw named me their "enemy" the way my once fellow Republican Party members did just for me expressing my point of view.
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    Re: LouC here!

    I think I've seen you around in the forum already, but I'm just now seeing this thread.

    Honestly, terms for political idealogies can get really complicated once you step beyond the basic understanding of what most Americans have about liberalism and conservatism. Since high-school, I've always assumed the major difference between the two is change vs maintaining the status quo. When I think of today's liberalism, I think of wealth redistribution and the railing against traditional ideals. When I think of conservatism, I think about, well, the opposite. In that regard, I would actually consider the Obama/Clinton/Pelosi branch of the party to be conservative, just not nearly as much as the Republican party.

    That last line might make some conservative heads explode in confusion, but if we were to look at the Democratic party from a purely economic perspective, it's very different from FDR's Democratic party . . . which was also socially conservative at the time--Jesus, I'm getting a headache.

    I still, to this day, do not truly know the real difference between liberalism and progressivism, as I've been given and I have found different answers, but I identify as a progressive because of the movement that I'm a part of. I could also say that I'm a soc-dem (social democrat) but Sanders up and confused the term 'social democrat' with 'democratic socialist', so I guess that's what we're all calling it, now.

    I don't consider conservatives to truly be 'small government' any more than liberals. I beleive that honor actually goes to the libertarians, who generally beleive in minimilistic government on all issues. An oversimplification would be to say that they're fiscally conservative, are generally not in favor of an over-bloated military, not in favor of drug or any similar prohibition, not in favor of inserting gov't and religon into the sex lives of consenting adults, etc.

    When it comes to party affliation I have, for the longest time, not identified as a Democrat. I've always been to the left of them, and despise both parties in their current form. Up until 2016, I had always voted for Democrats purely on the basis that they weren't the Republicans.

    If it were me, I'd simply call you a fiscally conservative moderate, depending on where you stand on social and foreign policy issues.

    Actually, I'm starting to wonder if this forum ever had a recent discussion on political idealogies and such.
    I want to eat Bill Maher's face.

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