posted on Jan, 13 2006 @ 03:14 PM
I had two very interesting political conversations this past week. They weren't interesting due to the content, as that was boilerplate political
The first person was a self proclaimed liberal I work with, with whom I've had many, many political debates with. We were discussing whatever,
probably something involving Bush getting up on the wrong side of the bed and causing a natural disaster as a result or something. It was a bunch of
yadda yadda yadda except for one key factor: my buddy now calls himself a conservative. He's not, he makes Howard Dean look moderate, but he got very
upset when I used the term liberal and explained that he's a conservative. A few months ago, he was proud to be a liberal.
The other conversation was with another coworker whom the first sent after me by letting him know I don't hate everything about Bush. He explained
that he was a conservative and that, as a conservative, he hates everything about Bush and that I, too, should hate everything about Bush if I claim
to be a conservative. I mentioned the problems I have with some of Bush's policies, but stated that otherwise I think he's doing fine. My new
friend, obviously, disagreed. We started getting into the nitty-gritty on individual policies and general ideologies, and I felt like I was talking to
RANT. He was very educated on the issues, his ideas were pretty closely in line with RANT's, but he called himself a conservative and even made
Now, I don't typically talk politics outside of ATS, so my knowledge base on this issue is very limited. However, has anyone else noticed an
embarrassment in some liberals in admitting they're liberal? I used to feel that way telling people I was a conservative when I first started turning
rather right wing, but now, I really don't give a krump what others think of me, especially if it's based on a title, so the embarrassment is gone.
Is the term "liberal" becoming as dirty as "conservative" has been in the past?