I hope you don't mind discussing this a bit more. I know it is off topic, but it seems most conversations degrade to insults here, seems one or two could evolve to rational discussions.<quoted text>
No, I've never considered being conservative. I would have voted for McCain had I not felt strongly about Obama, but that was about as far as I'd ever go when it comes to voting republican.
I'm a liberal because it falls in line with my set of beliefs. I believe in helping others and not judging. I'm passionate about recycling, community, raising awareness, conservation, civil rights for all and making sure everyone has a fair shot. I have many friends and family members who are conservative, so it's not like I judge everyone based on their political beliefs, but look at some of the people who represent the conservative party - Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. These three people are some of the most vile, heartless people I've ever come across. They're just mean and hateful and filled with spite. That's not me. I guess I also believe in choices and freedom.
I will say that it amuses me to see the hypocrisy on both sides. I by no means think democrats are perfect, but both sides gripe about the government interfering with personal freedom, but both sides are endorse a certain amount of government interference when it comes to their own issues. Republicans are against gay marriage, abortion, and such. I would qualify that as government interference. I also notice that there is a lot of misinformation among conservatives, at least where I'm from. I rarely put an opinion or thought out there before thoroughly researching it. Again, not to say ignorance and blind devotion doesn't exist within the liberal party, but *from my personal experience* it is more rampant with conservatives.
Just my two cents, I guess...
As far as recycling, community, raising awareness, conservation and civil rights for all, I find no disagreement. My wife is a recycling fanatic. I believe community is where charity and help for other comes from, a strong community is essential. As far as civil rights, true conservatives fought against progressives to enact civil rights.
My point of view is that if the government is strong enough to "give" rights, it is strong enough to take them away.
Take for example gay marriage. Who gave any government any power to define ANY type of marriage? Why are we looking to the government to "give" people the right to get married?
If a government is strong enough to decide whether the most personal relationship in our life is acceptable or not, haven't we given that government too much power?
A small government wouldn't have the power to tell anyone if a relationship is "OK" or not.
I see the main difference between the liberal and conservative mindset is the origin of our rights. Liberals seem (no offence) to see our rights originating from a government. I see our rights as inherent as an extension of our life, not given by anyone, unable to be removed by anyone.
Big government progressives are both Republican and Democrat.
I don't believe our rights can be given or taken by a government. I will always fight against ANY government that tries to take up the role as giver and taker of my rights.
As offensive as you find Republican "idols" I am sure you can think of just as many offensive Democrat "idols" as well.
What is your view of our origin of rights, and what do you mean by "fair chance".