Liberals and Conservatives

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    I've been posting on message boards for about 7 years now and the one thing that always gets me in trouble is that I don't care who says something. I don't pay attention most of the time, and even when I do notice the user name, I usually don't remember it. I also have a really hard time recognizing people with similiar names from each other. Mr. P and Palerider? CSM and CP? Gimme a couple of years.

    I have strong opinions and I write about them. Sometimes those opinions are liberal, sometimes they're conservative. It depends on the subject.

    If I agree with you one one thing, that doesn't make me your friend, and it I disagree with you on another thing, that doesn't make me your enemy. It just means we disagree. We may totally agree on something else, and if I do agree with you I will say so. I won't disagree with you simply because you're you.

    Which brings me to my point:

    Liberals are totally unable to follow that simple idea. They just can't do it.

    Take George W. Bush, for example. Most liberals have no idea that many conservatives can't stand him either. How would they? They refuse to read anything that any conservative has ever written. And if they ever have read anything from a conservative, like OMIGOD Ann Coulter!, they just call them liars. That's what liberals do. They accuse conservatives of calling any opposition to Bush "un-American", and they accuse anybody who says we should support the country, and our President in a time of war, of calling them "unpatriotic" when just the opposite is actually true.

    Conservatives criticize Bush all the time. The best written criticisms I've ever read about Bush's presidency, his policies, and his decisions, have been written by conservatives. The difference is that they keep it to the subject. They don't say he looks like a chimp. They don't compare him to Hitler. They don't call him the Anti-Christ, and they don't say he molests his kids.

    Liberals say things like that. Why do they hate George W. Bush so much? Beats me. Nothing he has ever done warrants the kind of hate liberals have flung at him.

    Why do liberals hate conservatives so much that they won't read a single word any of them say? Beats me. Most liberals don't know what a neo-con is but that doesn't stop them from using it as an insult.

    I'm considered a conservative because I love my country, I don't hate George W. Bush, and I support my president in war time.

    I don't mind being called a conservative. Liberals really hate being called liberals, though.
     
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    *Shrugs* Call me a liberal, I won't care. :p:

    And on the general point of your post, I have to disagree. Liberals and conservatives can typically agree on lots of things - the problem is people only seem to see the differences. It becomes an 'us versus them' mentality on certain issues, and people, sadly, let that extend from one or two issues to all issues.

    Plus it is an example of extremes - the ones who feel strongly are going to be the ones you hear about / see in the news more often, no matter the issue. The 'us versus them' mentality also leads to people keeping the company of the people they agree with / connect to in some fashion: Why read their blog when you can read our blog? So what if they may have something to say on the issue?

    Personally I read a few conservative blogs, and most of my liberal friends think I'm some kind of uber-liberal in regards to social issues (though I'm conservative... well, not as liberal on some economic issues.) Oh, and I don't hate George W. Bush, either. I dislike many of the things his Administration has done, and I don't agree with him on most issues, but I certainly don't hate the man. I think he would have made an excellent something-other-than-President. It just seems to me that he is constantly out of his depth - I would probably be in the same boat if people were just itching to see me screw up. Nobody needs that kind of pressure added onto the pressure simply inherent in running the United States.

    But that's just this liberal's viewpoint.
     
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    I agree. I don't mind being called a liberal either. Aside from my opposition to gun control, which almost never comes up and I don't think I've ever posted about here on this board, I'm about as liberal as you can get.

    Oh, but I'm a huge Ann Coulter fan so that sorta cancels everything else out, I guess.
     
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    I think Ann Coulter is brilliant - I don't like what she says, but she does seem to know how to work the system to make oodles of money.
     
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    People call me liberal, but I really am more of a moderate.
     
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    I think you are confused.

    You have said you are liberal, you are conservative, you are both, you are neither, and you are a moderate. So, which is it?
     
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    I don't mind being called liberal. I've been called un American by many on this board, b/c I don't support Bush or the war in Iraq. In fact, just about every conservative I've debated with calls me un American and a tells me how much I hate freedom.

    Liberals don't hate Bush anymore than Conservative hate Clinton and Gore.

    nt-sweeping generalizations don't make for good qualitative observations.
     
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    I don't hate Bush. I don't think he deserves to be President, but I don't hate him.
     
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    She's defined differently based on different topics. It's called being open-minded.
     
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    Stephanie - what happened to your post?
     

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