posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 05:43 PM
It's funny...during the Bush years I was frequently called a "liberal." Nowadays I'm more frequently labled a "conservative." But the funny
thing is, I have never really changed my views. They overlap both left and right, and thus generally tick people off on both sides. For example: I am
pro-guns-rights (right) yet also pro-choice (left). I am pro-traditional-culture (right) yet anti-Christian-Right politics (left). I'm an
environmentalist (left) and take strong stances against "political correctness" on the campus and the demonization of the straight white male
(right). I'm a semi-isolationist, which doesn't seem to make anyone happy. To me, none of these things contradict one another.
On the economic front, well, what's the difference, really? I don't think it matters whether a puppet on the left or a puppet on the right dances a
jig in the oval office; banks are still going to get their bailouts, the "little guy" is going to be more and more screwed; the middle class is
going to shrink. The same lobbyists pay money to BOTH parties in many cases: these are the ones to watch. The forces that control these movents are
HISTORICAL rather than ideological: slowly-grinding tectonic plates of demographics, developments in other nations, cultural decay, etc. Not to
mention the raw power of good ole' fashioned human greed, folly, and shortsightness.
The war? The war is just an extention of economics...OIL economics to be specifc. Though it also serves other interests, such as the
military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned us against, to pick one example. I remember when Obama promised to end the war thinking, "He's not
going anywhere. The US isn't leaving the Middle East until and unless forced out by financial collapse." Sure enough, the wars continue and will do
so until the weakening dollar forces them out. We will also see pressure by India, China, and Russia to establish an increasing presence anywhere
there is oil, and wherever the US leaves pockets of vaccum, they will be filled by these nations...which may also get into scrapes amongst themselves.
It's going to be "interesting" to say the least.
None of this has much to do with adhering to a "liberal" or a "conservative" line, does it? Its more about looking at history and human psychology
frankly and without denial, and drawing some pretty grim conclusions.
[edit on 10/12/09 by silent thunder]