Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I don't fit the conventional labels. Frankly, I don't think I'm alone in that, which is why I think we need new labels and why the alternative "third-parties", aren't going anywhere.
On the Political Compass™, (take the test yourself HERE), I fall as shown below:
Okay, so I'm a little "left-ish" and a good bit "libertarian" (mostly with respect to liberties and freedom from tyranny). Fine.
I strongly support our civil liberties protected under the U.S. Constitution, INCLUDING the "evil right-wing" 2nd Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA), which is why I support BOTH the American Civil Liberties Union AND the National Rifle Association, even though I disagree with both organizations on many specific issues. I also support the Electronic Frontier Foundation in this fight.
When it comes to conventional partisan politics, I'm left in the cold. The GOP is controlled by a bunch hypocrites who use double-talk and double standards to push their political agenda.
The Republicans are Pro-Second Amendment but Anti-4th Amendment. They talk smaller government but practice Big-Government.
On the other hand, the Democrats are Anti-2nd Amendment but Pro-4th Amendment.
In both cases, they are made up of Career Politicians who must be Loyal to their Party in order to keep their political careers. Both parties are Anti-Constitution, Pro Big-Government, and Anti-States Rights. Their loyalty lies with the highest bidder.
And then, we have the third parties, such as the Libertarians, who I agree with in terms of personal privacy and individual liberty, but then they just go too far, with their "no government, ever, at any price" policies. They won't accept that some amount of regulation of Capitalism might just make some sense. We've seen where letting the market go its own way gets us. (The market seems to have a preference for useless financial instruments and insane compensation packages.) That's why I'll continue to use the lower-case "L" when referring to my libertarian-leanings.
This 1890's populist cartoon captures my thoughts quite succinctly:
Populists claimed that Democratic and Republican politicians agitated meaningless issues, such as tariff revision, in demagogic attempts to divert people’s attention from the real problems that producers faced. Notice where the politician’s right hands are located.
Sound familiar? My sentiment is that Democratic and Republican politicians agitate meaningless issues in demagogic attempts to divert people’s attention from the real problems the country faces - all the while ripping off the public for their own personal and political gain. As long as we the people are fighting each other and blaming the other side, Democrat or Republican, for everything, the politicians win.
So that might explain why, on this site, you'll see that I question ALL crooked and hypocritical politicians, regardless of their party affiliations. I try to highlight all attacks on our freedoms, no matter where they originate.