posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 02:04 PM
Originally posted by Indigo5
reply to post by Indigo5
I understand that many here will not feel comfortable with solution focused politics as opposed to Idealogically driven politics, but even so...I
think we all agree something needs to change in our politics if we are to survive.
Absolutely. It has gotten so polarized that just looking around ATS you see more than enough posters stating as a fact they will never vote for a
Democrat because they are all bad.
I am aware there are good and bad politicians on both sides and have and will continue for the candidate I like best, rather than party lines. But I
see plenty of people that are just worried about their team, regardless of who is on that team or what they are actually doing.
The labels thing is a pretty convoluted subject on here.
When I label someone a Republican, neocon, GOP shill, etc. it is ALWAYS in response to a post espousing exactly those ideals. While consider myself
socially liberal and fiscally conservative there is something quite different when an ATS righty tosses that label at me. Instead of it ever actually
applying to what I had written it turns into labeling me a "liberal" or "progressive" then making up what that means and applying it to me. I
cannot believe how many times I have been told on here what I think and how I feel by people that have no clue about either. Some labels fit. Some are
just tossed around in order to disparage people.
Others still, like "teabagger" for instance are just there as simple reminders. The TEA party started that label and then rejected it when they
learned what it meant. That would be fine but instead what they have actually done is try to deny it was ever the case. So when one lies to me about
their own history and agenda, I do not mind using the word they used in order to describe them as it reminds them of their dishonesty.
I never called anyone a neocon or GOPer that did not make it clear that is what they were. If I defend a gay person's rights then I am called a
liberal and told how much I hate god, want to rape children, and most likely live off the system.