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16th-Jul-2006 07:48 pm

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17th-Jul-2006 02:43 am (UTC)
But, but but...what if I'm not 100% liberal.

What if I'm a republican?

I am actually. I am the 'R' word. I've been a registered Republican voter for 16 years.

I don't think liberal is a dirty word, any more than conservative should be. And believe me, I'm more appalled at the direction of the Republican Party than most Dems or liberals. When the fuck did my party become the Jesus Party?

Hell I even worked on Bush Sr's campaign as a member of the Young Republicans. Not a high point of my life considering he said this in 1987: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." Among other dumbass things. And we won't even get into W. This post would become a long flaming rant.

But when people are shocked that I'm a Republican (or that I'm still a Republican) I point to people like McCain. Uh, before he started his recent cozying to the religious right I mean. *sigh* Yes, I may be switching parties eventually if things don't get better soon. Libertarian though, not Democrat.

But there's no cookie cutter for people like me.
I'm pro-choice.
I'm pro-civil rights (which means duh, pro-gay marriage, pro-gay adoption, etc.)

But I'm also for small govt as opposed to big govt (something the GOP seems to have forgotten lately...)

I'm for seperation of church and state.

I'm pro-capitalism, but I'm also pro-unions. ;)
I'm also a fiscal conservative.

So I tend to be a conservative when it comes to areas of business, government, taxes and money. And a liberal when it comes to social issues, religion, etc.

Though I think those labels are somewhat disingenious, because it's not cookie cutter. I'm all for people getting vouchers to education their kids in private religious schools, but I'll fight hard against anyone putting up 10 commandments in a courthouse. I don't want 'Under God' in the pledge.

I guess it just falls under, I'm an American and I like a lot of freedoms, and that includes freedom from other people's bullshit, and from the government's bullshit too.

Where's my forum? ;)
17th-Jul-2006 06:19 am (UTC)
I used to be a republican and can sympathize. I'm working on becoming an objectivist philosophically, which has strong similarities to libertarianism. For now I'm a registered democrat so I can vote in their primaries for the less loopy less statist candidates. The republican party is dead to me. They'll never get me back.
17th-Jul-2006 03:39 am (UTC)
What's called a "liberal" in this country really isn't. They're almost all statists, and stand to abuse the power of an overbearing state just as badly as the Republicans have been.
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