|Quoting Charles79 (Reply 7):|
The longer we try to blind ourselves and imagine that one party is better than the other the longer it'll take us to vote somebody decent in. In my humblest opinion, it barely matters whether there's an R or a D in front of their name anymore.
You are right, of course. But there are 'true believers' out there, on both the left and the right.
To me, there are two basic political philosophies. 1) Liberalism, where people believe that government is a positive tool for correcting injustices and imbalances, and should be used as such at every opportunity. And 2) Conservatism, which believes that government is by nature a blunt instrument, and that whatever the government does there will be numerous and undesirable side-effects, therefore we should be very reluctant to embark on any new program, until assured that there is no other choice possible.
I am a staunch conservative, and it frustrates me to no end to see Republicans, who are supposed to be conservative, betray their principles. The recent disaster with Fannie and Freddie, and the financial houses it dragged down with it, will one day be taught as a textbook case of what happens when government attempts to "help".
If the population were told by the press what really happened, and what the historic causes were, conservatism would become the most popular philosophy for the next couple of generations. knowing this, and fearing it, the mainstream press has successfuly promoted the idea that corrupt CEOs and private enterprise was at fault. Very sad.
Forget dogs and cats - Spay and neuter your liberals.