posted on Jan, 29 2013 @ 09:50 AM
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
Hence why it seems which ever party you choose, you generally get the same results.
Here's a term I learned of on this site: The Overton Window.
Basically, the idea is that some positions are too radical for the public to accept, so political positions should be crafted to stay within this
"Window of Acceptability", while still marching toward the desired agenda.
Now here's my impression of the US political system (focusing specifically on the two major parties, even though I think your salvation lies in
having more parties, and more clear delineation): Democrats and Republicans are all right-wing. "Political Spectrum" charts tend to show the two
at the middle, with one slightly left, and one slightly right... but the truth is that they are both pushing to increase the public acceptance of
radical ideals and the erosion of personal freedoms in favour of corporate freedom. That's all pushing in the general direction of Fascism.
The differences between Democrats and Republicans are decided on individual agendas. In one election cycle, Democrats will push the envelope on
topics 1, 3, and 6 (and be reasonable on 2,4,5)... while Republicans push the envelope on topics 2, 4 and 5 (and be reasonable on 1,3,6). No matter
who wins, the people give up something to the parties. In the next election cycle, those positions may shift... so Dems are on 1, 4 and 6, Reps on 2,
3 and 5. Subtle, but enough that every agenda gets pushed forward, and both parties appear reasonably consistent.
To bring it all back to the "Liberal" label: I think the term "Liberal" is used by both of these groups to suggest that someone's viewpoint is
not radical enough on whatever topic is at hand. "This Liberal is wrecking it for the rest of us, as he won't go with the flow."