Dang it, I always forget to look at the threads on this side of ATS! Am I too late to the party?
I consider myself a "Progressive", so here's my side of it:
"Obama is awesome" - No, I don't think that. I also don't think he is the anti-Christ either. I think he is just a man who started out his career
with the best intentions, but got caught up in the stinking mess that is American politics. I don't think he has what it takes to bust through the
games that party politics play, and I think he has some bad advisers.
"Global Warming is Real" - I believe we don't know 100% for sure how much of an affect our actions have on global climate change (which I do
believe is 100% real). But the thing is, what if we actually ARE trashing the planet beyond repair? Shouldn't we go ahead and fix the mess we've
made so far, and stop trying to make more messes? Do we want America to have the same air quality as China? I know I don't.
"Taxes are Patriotic" - In a perfect world, we would all voluntarily pitch in for public infrastructure, and help America have the best education,
technology and economy - but unfortunately there are too many people who say "let the other guy pay for that". Having said that, I think how
the government spends our taxes is totally messed up. That DOES need to be fixed, but it will take a smarter person than me to figure out how.
"Guns are Bad" - I don't think guns are bad. I think people are bad, and guns in the hands of bad people is very bad indeed.
If we are talking about true paradise, I want what I think we all want: a world where everyone treats everyone the way they would like to be treated.
In that world, you don't need guns, or drones, or bombs, or wars, or NSA, or security at airports, or security cameras in public, or laws that stop
discrimination (or any laws, for that matter), or the death penalty, or prisons. But, we all know that paradise is not possible on this earth. People
are cruel, greedy, selfish, and apathetic. There are a lot of people causing a lot of pain and suffering, and if they aren't causing it, they don't
really care about it as long as they aren't the ones who are hurting or suffering. As a progressive, I long to stop the pain and suffering, or at
least lessen it as much as possible. That means, sometimes you have to stop the bad people from being so bad.
It seems to me that the conservatives/libertarians don't want to try to stop pain and suffering. They think that pain and suffering is a small price
to pay for allowing everyone (including the bad people) to do exactly as they please. Am I wrong?