The political divide between the left and right seems to be growing rapidly in recent times and it seems like everyday I see an argument between a
Democrat and a Republican. They see each other almost as mortal enemies and write long essays about why the other side sucks so much. While I have
written several threads over the last year which appear to be partisan what they were really about is pointing out the level of insanity involved with
the people who refuse to accept the fact Trump won the election.
For most of my life I viewed democrats as the more empathetic and intelligent party, I remember a time on ATS when Fox News was seen as one of the
worst possible sources to use. Republicans were the war mongers, the money hungry scum bags, the deeply religious morons, and honestly I still think
many republicans are all those things but I've come to learn many democrats are just as corrupt, if not more, they're just better at concealing it.
These days people like Tucker Carlson are virtually celebrities around here.
The truth is both parties suck but there are still good people on both sides. Ran Paul is a republican I very much like, and let us remember that his
father Ron Paul ran as a republican in the 2012 elections even though he's truly a libertarian. I see myself as a libertarian so I had to ask myself
why so many libertarians seem to lean into the right or become republicans, and before long it became quite clear to me that the socialist principles
underpinning a lot of the democratic arguments are deeply incompatible with concepts of liberty.
Liberals like to portray how progressive they are and how they respect personal liberty when it comes to things like legalization of marijuana, but
they have little problem enacting a nanny state which will control innumerable aspects of our lives and force us all to live in bubble wrap where
nothing offensive is ever uttered. Just look at how YouTube is trying to make everything "kid friendly" and absolutely ruining the platform in the
process, really it's nothing but a way to demonetize and suppress opinions they don't like.
Trump clearly isn't your typical republican, much like Ron Paul he used the republican platform to increase the odds of him winning the election
because in reality it comes down to the two major parties, outside of those a candidate has very little chance. This term "populist" I think is a very
interesting one because the media seem to use it to label people like Trump as if it were a slur... but isn't democracy about appealing to the popular
opinion? Apparently Hillary won the popular vote so arguing she should replace Trump is populism.
Google defines a populist as "a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people". So representing
ordinary common class people like farmers and miners the way Trump does is a bad thing? Because the upper classes are more intelligent and more
civilized, they know what's best for us right? Sorry I'm getting partisan again... it's hard to avoid even when I'm trying, which scares me because I
know most people do not even try to question their own beliefs or find flaws in their paradigms.
In summary I don't really like either "side", CNN and FOX are both MSM outlets which deserve criticism. Just having sides implies each is biased in
the way they lean. A more sensible position would be closer to the center, this is why most of the intelligent philosophers and political thinkers
that I know of are libertarian. It's why so many people on ATS are libertarian and don't like to label themselves as conservatives or republicans.
It's really about being outside of the mainstream, the center is seen as an "alternative/alt" position because the mainstream parties are so far
At this point people seem to think libertarian and "alt-right" are interchangeable terms. That just goes to show how deeply misinformed they are to
begin with. It's also quite interesting how liberals seem to be at such odds with the principles held by libertarians... both groups claim to uphold
principles of liberty yet they seem to be opposed on many issues on a very deep level. Centrists and Libertarians are on the rise as people look for
alternatives to the two default choices, and I believe this is a very good thing, don't play into their partisan game.
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ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)