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Is it possible for conservatives and liberals to find a common ground with each other?

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posted on Jul, 13 2008 @ 04:30 PM
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I used to be completely liberal, while, I believed in some conservative views, and then I came to realize that I was being ignorant. I think that conservatism is too extreme to the right and liberalism is too extreme to the left. I share the belief that liberals and conservatives should work together more. As a centrist I believe that both liberals and conservatives have valid points and they may not always understand each other. Most conservatives believe in what they believe in and many liberals don't always think they're right. Rather than arguing so much against each other I think conservatives and liberals should try to find a common ground and talk about these issues. Liberals make themselves look bad sometimes when they act all high and mighty and conservatives seem to make a mistake sometimes (not saying all conservatives do this) in thinking that their opinion is right and any opinion that contradicts their opinion is immoral and unjustifiable. There has to be a more constructive approach to politics rather than approaching each issue at opposite ends of the conservative-liberal spectrum.

I'm not saying that every one of you should give up your conservative or liberal approach to politics but I just think that there has to be some common ground which we can discuss politics in a more effective manner. It seems like a lot of political discussions between conservatives and liberals turn into name-calling and the other person accusing of someone else being wrong. There is no such thing as a wrong opinion. Everyone has their own view of the world. I'm just wondering if we can find some sensible ground to which we could discuss politics without being so against the other side, so that, we can be more effective in resolving issues that face our nation today.

[edit on 13-7-2008 by Frankidealist35]

[edit on 13-7-2008 by Frankidealist35]




posted on Jul, 13 2008 @ 05:47 PM
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Most people I know seem to have a little of both sides in them. Like you, I think a lot of people think they belong to one side for a while, and then change their mind when they see that the opposing side isn't actually trying to f@#& everything up on purpose. It's just hard to find real solutions to our many problems.

Sometimes it almost seems like the media is trying to make it look like everyone is either a liberal or conservative. Is this so we blame one side when bad stuff happens instead of blaming congress as a whole?

(edited to add in my possibly paranoid statement about the media and congress.)

[edit on 13-7-2008 by Curious_Agnostic]



posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 03:59 AM
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I don't think that any worthwhile common ground can ever be found. The differences between Liberals and Conservatives, their world views, are fundamentally different. They are simply not compatible with one another.



posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 09:17 AM
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You are correct my friend.

I don't want to share any common ground with Liberals personally. I find the majority of their views on issues to be flat out wrong, and refuse to compromise my beliefs in order to satisfy anyone.



posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 09:09 PM
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I still feel that liberals and conservatives should strive more to work together. If they feel like they would be giving up their power by working with the other side than I would suggest that the government replaces the bicameral system with a tricameral one. I do not really believe that it's not possible for liberals or conservatives to work together. Why must they feel like they have to argue over everything and not come to a conclusion on just about anything?



posted on Jul, 17 2008 @ 01:46 PM
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Let the liberals move to Canada. That seems like a nice place for them.

That way, they can work on their socialist society all they want.



posted on Jul, 17 2008 @ 02:01 PM
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Is it possible for conservatives and liberals to find a common ground with each other?

 


Yes it is we are called moderates




Let the liberals move to Canada. That seems like a nice place for them.


Hmmm, what if we had the ultra conservatives AND the ultra liberals move out? Ahhhhhhh heaven


"The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters."
Dwight D. Eisenhower



posted on Aug, 13 2008 @ 07:52 PM
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Originally posted by Frankidealist35
I used to be completely liberal, while, I believed in some conservative views, and then I came to realize that I was being ignorant. I think that conservatism is too extreme to the right and liberalism is too extreme to the left. I share the belief that liberals and conservatives should work together more. As a centrist I believe that both liberals and conservatives have valid points and they may not always understand each other. Most conservatives believe in what they believe in and many liberals don't always think they're right. Rather than arguing so much against each other I think conservatives and liberals should try to find a common ground and talk about these issues. Liberals make themselves look bad sometimes when they act all high and mighty and conservatives seem to make a mistake sometimes (not saying all conservatives do this) in thinking that their opinion is right and any opinion that contradicts their opinion is immoral and unjustifiable. There has to be a more constructive approach to politics rather than approaching each issue at opposite ends of the conservative-liberal spectrum.

I'm not saying that every one of you should give up your conservative or liberal approach to politics but I just think that there has to be some common ground which we can discuss politics in a more effective manner. It seems like a lot of political discussions between conservatives and liberals turn into name-calling and the other person accusing of someone else being wrong. There is no such thing as a wrong opinion. Everyone has their own view of the world. I'm just wondering if we can find some sensible ground to which we could discuss politics without being so against the other side, so that, we can be more effective in resolving issues that face our nation today.

[edit on 13-7-2008 by Frankidealist35]

[edit on 13-7-2008 by Frankidealist35]


Well, I think in most situations the middle ground is key so this is no exception.
I don 't swing to the right or left really I keep to the center for most stuff. You get to pick and choose what works best for given situations



posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 10:28 AM
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Originally posted by WatchRider
You get to pick and choose what works best for given situations



Is that not the case for everyone?

I am a strong Conservative but that does not mean if someone who isn't comes up with a great idea that will benefit this country that I can't support it.

I may be a Conservative but my main loyalty lies with America.

Honestly I find most people who describes themselves as "middle of the road" only do so to avoid being criticized for taking a stand on anything.



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