This is a really good topic in that it makes people think. People could probably come to more of a consensus about things if they were thought out more, and seen from different points of view. Without all the name-calling and hysterics more of us would realize that there is some common ground to have civil discussions on. (Not that the heated arguments aren’t fun as well.)
For instance, I am pretty liberal and passive, but after 9/11 I was really happy when we attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan. I wanted our guys to get that smug son of a bitch Bin Laden and the people who were hiding him real good. America has a right to defend herself, and retaliate, when attacked. I was actually telling people that I planned to vote for Bush. I really supported that war, but then things changed. Suddenly and inexplicably Bin Laden was replaced with Saddam Hussein as our #1 enemy, and you never really heard more about it. And it really pissed me off when I was branded by some (mostly AA
pilots) as an anti-American peacenik (or worse: told that I didn’t support the troops) because I didn’t follow blindly along.
I also agree with the majority of conservatives who feel that the government needs to act responsibly with the countries finances. That's why I'm totally baffled as to why so many of them cheerfully support the Bush administrations "spend now pay later" policies. If we truly support the Iraq war and feel its the right thing to do we should raise taxes and pay for it now, rather than running up a huge debt and leaving it for someone else to pay for (with interest) later. God forbid we should sacrifice something for the war effort.