At 3/19/20 09:14 PM, S3C wrote:
At 3/19/20 03:00 PM, EdyKel wrote:
I just take up the centrist mantel because I don't identify with either side and there is no better description I can think of without having to go into a lengthy explanation of my positions.Gleaning from your post history, it's painfully obvious to see which side you gravitate towards ;)
I have been accused of being a liberal, and conservative, by respective sides. I've been called a racist by a black and whites, a homophobe by gays, a light transphobe by a trans person, antisemitic by two Israelis, gungrabber by gun rights activists, anti-christian by Christians, Nazi by people on the right, accused of having psychological problems by a progressive, and many other things I can't remember at the moment, all because I don't agree with them or I support certain candidates or policies they oppose.
I have been posting for over 20 year. My views haven't change much, but politics have become a lot more partisan over the last 30 years of my voting. Sides have been taken, lines drawn over things that both sides could once work together on. But the rise of social media, with every one armed with an opinion and easily hurt feelings, and people not wanting to be politically correct while expecting others to be politically correct to them so they don't hurt heir feelings, with politicians and millionaire political commentators taking advantage of that, has led to a lot of whining, drama, and partisan politics of fear mongering and identity politics.
If I seem to be on one side that may be due to ones owns perspective from their own idea of where the line is drawn. I don't care, and I don't really care anymore. If wanting government oversight and audits, decent air, decent drinking water, fiscal conservatism, voting rights for all, moderate gun control, decent working rights and wages, favoring small business over corporations, small government, certain environmental protections, equality for all regardless of race or religion, places me on a side, then so be it. I'll pick whatever is closest to it.
And as I pointed out in the full post, I often vote for both parties. Right now, I usual support Democrats on the federal level, and Republicans on the state levels (in California), preferring centrist of either party, but taking whatI can get to balance the power of the other party in control.