Everyone these days is going label crazy. This one is a Conservative, this one is a Progressivevik, this one is a liberal, blah blah blah. The funny thing is, most people have no idea what their political leanings actually mean. Most people, who don't know a Bill of Attainder from a hole in the wall, answer Democrat, Republican, or the nebulous Independent.
Well, I'm here to tell you the ugly truth: The labels, Democrat and Republican, are now useless, like Keith Olbermann. The real issue is, as it has always been, Progressiveviks vs. everyone else.
The grand majority of Americans are actually Libertarians, whether they profess it or not. Don't believe me ? Go to a DMV and listen to the people waiting in line. Every one of them will be cursing up a storm, proving my theory. Most Americans hate the idea of the government breathing down their necks. Most Americans don't want to be taxed to death. Most Americans rightfully view the government with suspicion. Most of the political movements that have been for the good of America had their roots in Libertarian theory. Civil Rights ?
A Libertarian theory. Abolition of slavery ? Definite Libertarian theory. When push comes to shove, the American people will always choose freedom, because they realize that big government is a terrible idea.
Some people are liberals. At one point, I often used liberal as an insult, now I'm just calling it misinformed. Most liberals are fairly reasonable. They are willing to put up with the government on economic matters, but ultimately, they still believe in the freedom of the individual. They're unwilling to give the government power over their private lives. Unfortunately, liberals are often misled by Progressiveviks and support horrors like the Pro-Choice (Or should I say Pro-Murder ?) movement and anti-gun laws. Again, when push comes to shove, liberals will always fight when their liberties are threatened.
Conservatives believe that the state has to step in when it comes to morals and acceptable behavior. Now don't get me wrong, I agree with their social positions, but I don't feel that the government should enforce them. For example, I don't believe in gay marriage, but I also believe this is a States Rights issue. I think every state should have a referendum. What flies in New York may not fly in Oklahoma or Texas. I'm ok with that, whatever the result is. Same thing with marijuana laws. These are matters for the governed to decide, not the government. While I am very Conservative on social issues, I don't think that's the province of the federal government, and especially federal courts, to legislate matters like this.
I may let liberals off the hook slightly, but there's no mercy at all in my heart for Progressiveviks. To me, Progressive thought leads to fascism, Nazism, and communism. I see you remain unconvinced. Let's look for example at Chairman Obama's Obamacareless proposal. Our Dear Leader's plan would have the government making decisions on who gets what care and when they get it. I'd be hard pressed to call that mainstream. I'd also be hard pressed to even call that a liberal thought, since most liberals do have a respect for individual freedom, even if they don't mind big government. Every Progressivevik movement results in a loss of freedom. Look at what the environmental whack jobs like Van Jones propose. Regulation after regulation, all designed to kill individual freedoms. The same goes for nationalizing banks, car manufacturers, student loans, too. If that isn't fascism, tell me what is. Every policy the Progressiveviks push on others always seem to have the words "must" and "shall" in them.
Notice how the words Democrat or Republican are absent in my above examples. Why ? Those labels are completely outdated, thank the Big Conservative Upstairs. For example, there's a huge difference between a union worker who's a working stiff, and some Progressivevik Democrat taking his talking points straight from Karl Marx. Both may call themselves Democrats, but the difference between them is like night and day. Another great example is the Tea Party Republicans and establishment blowhard Republicans, like Lindsey Grahamnesty and John McPain. The Tea Party crowd are Conservatives and Libertarians first and Republicans second. Grahamnesty and McPain are Progressiveviks first and Republicans second. They still believe government has the answer, but folks in establishment Republican party don't even know what the question is, so how could they have the answers ? Let's not kid ourselves, the beginning of our slide into the Third World started when the Republican party abandoned its Conservative and Libertarian philosophies.
So what are you ? What a loaded a question!