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Why is it that if you don't support every tenet of conservatism/liberalism you are accused of being the opposite by that group?

Z 2012/05/17 02:00:31
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Seriously. Liberals frequently accuse me of:
Loving Bush, (teh he)
Being a "heartless conservative"
Hating women
A bible thumper
A fascist,
Etc.

And Conservatives often accuse me of/of being:
Godless,
A bible basher,
Unpatriotic,
Socialist,
Communist,
Hating the troops,
A stoner
Etc.

I may even agree with one particular argument by about 99%, but that 1% on both sides is all it takes to suddenly hate God or to start wanting women in the kitchen barefoot.
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  • The Bantam Seditioner 2012/05/17 02:50:28 (edited)
    This is why...
    The Bantam Seditioner
    +12
    Human beings seem almost hardwired to think in binaries. Black, white; straight, gay, Giants fan, Jets fan, etc. This wouldn't be such a big deal if BOTH of the opposing sides in our political binary didn't completely suck, and if the media didn't constantly pander to, and in many ways encourage that binary thinking by epically trolling the populace and constantly pitting us against eachother.

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  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/05/25 01:52:56
    This is why...
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Ignorance and stupidity transcend politics.
  • BHGOzzy 2012/05/24 19:41:32
    This is why...
    BHGOzzy
    +3
    Because 2012. Seriously, that seems to be the reason for all of this political nutjobbery.
  • Headhunter 13 2012/05/24 19:40:04
    Undecided
    Headhunter 13
    +3
    This is a good question. There are some conservative issues I support and some liberal. But no matter what they are positions I hold after long and careful analysis and not because of a party affiliation or blind obedient loyalty. They are based on intelligent consideration. Not catch phrases or ideologies
  • MJ 2012/05/24 19:34:09
    Meh
    MJ
    +1
    Differences Need To Be Celebrated! Really.....
  • none 2012/05/24 19:31:40
    This is why...
    none
    +2
    Intolerance laced with a great deal of hypocrisy.
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2012/05/24 19:29:40 (edited)
    This is why...
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +3
    Intolerance. That's why I still say we need a "Kiss my Ass" button. Ha!

    kiss my ass button
  • Ira 2012/05/24 18:55:23
    This is why...
    Ira
    +1
    Sounds like you are more of a moderate. Remember, you do not live in a vacuum. If you hear the same thing about yourself based on your postings over and over again, there might be something to it?
  • Melizmatic 2012/05/24 18:17:47
    Here is the reason
    Melizmatic
    +4
    Small people think small thoughts.
  • Semper Fi Melizmatic 2012/05/24 19:20:05
  • Melizmatic Semper Fi 2012/05/24 19:22:00
    Melizmatic
    +5
    Anyone who thinks that they can accurately assess the entirety of others' characters just from a few comments has some major issues, IMHO.
  • Semper Fi Melizmatic 2012/05/24 19:28:47
    Semper Fi
    +2
    Well, there are sure some here who think they can anyway, eh?
  • Melizmatic Semper Fi 2012/05/24 19:30:07
    Melizmatic
    +2
    Many seem to think that, just judging from some of the members on this site.

    *lolz

    We haven't spoken for a while; how have you been?
  • JwonGalt 2012/05/18 00:08:02
    Meh
    JwonGalt
    +3
    I have experienced this multiple times on this site.

    I just consider myself an independent thinker who doesnt have to categorize himself to make a point.
  • DJPanicDC 2012/05/18 00:00:18
    Meh
    DJPanicDC
    +3
    I keep getting accused of being a liberal. most people don't fit in two neat boxes
  • BHGOzzy DJPanicDC 2012/05/24 19:42:55
    BHGOzzy
    I keep getting accused of being a "liberal" whenever I don't 100% agree with some nutbar's post.
  • Bozette 2012/05/17 16:19:01
    This is why...
    Bozette
    +4
    Most people on SH tend to make assumptions about others assigning them to a stereotype they have determined often based upon a single statement. They do this because they are too damn lazy to have a discussion or look at other comments made by someone to try to get to know who they are and what it is they believe.
  • David Lindner 2012/05/17 08:18:08
    Meh
    David Lindner
    +1
    not always. Im a libertarian. I get accused of being a RWNJ by liberals and have yet to be accused of being a liberal by conservatives. They say im not a true conservative, which is true! but, then again there is some cool liberals out there. not all are closed minded.
  • Wake Th... David L... 2012/05/17 15:16:22
    Wake The Sheeple
    +2
    When I as a Libertarian get accused of not being a Conservative I remind them that supporting undeclared wars, debt, foreign aid, and removing our rights in the name of security, are not Conservative traits. So in fact I am more Constitutionally Conservative than they are.
  • David L... Wake Th... 2012/05/17 15:44:03
    David Lindner
    see, thats where you and me differ. lol. I am a big time militant. otherwise I'm 100 percent libertarian.
  • Wake Th... David L... 2012/05/17 15:49:32
    Wake The Sheeple
    +1
    I advocate that wars must only be fought with a declaration of war signed by Congress. Can you explain what you mean by big time militant?
  • David L... Wake Th... 2012/05/17 15:55:21
    David Lindner
    I believe in a military industrial complex.
  • Wake Th... David L... 2012/05/17 15:59:21
    Wake The Sheeple
    +1
    Do you believe in "preemptive strikes" or that we should be fighting wars for the expansion the empire, or are you merely advocating a strong defense?
  • David L... Wake Th... 2012/05/17 16:00:40 (edited)
    David Lindner
    a strong defense. I believe in peace through power. HOWEVER, if we did go to war with Iran I would support it as well, but Iran and Israel would have to be at war first.
  • Wake Th... David L... 2012/05/17 16:09:32 (edited)
    Wake The Sheeple
    Israel is not our 51st state. I know the Christian fundamentalists want to "protect" Israel, but if Israel wants to be safe they should stop having Mossad assassinate foreign scientists & dignitaries. Until then I refuse to have the United States be the muscle for the snot nosed wimpy kid that always starts the fights but wants me to finish them. A little harsh, I know, but we cannot afford this anymore & Israel needs to start acting like a sovereign nation.
  • David L... Wake Th... 2012/05/17 17:04:35
    David Lindner
    thats your opinion and i respect that.
  • Z Wake Th... 2012/05/17 17:09:58
    Z
    I am actually in agreement with David about Israel. I oppose giving them money or weapons, but I do think that, since there is a direct benefit to America, support Israel is well within our constitutional and reasonable limits.
  • Wake Th... Z 2012/05/17 18:22:51
    Wake The Sheeple
    Per our Constitution without a declaration of war we cannot take military action to aid Israel, so in the grand scheme of things Congress decides that, not the POTUS.
  • Z Wake Th... 2012/05/24 19:52:08
    Z
    That doesn't change the fact that we should do it. We should just do it constitutionally, (i.e. with a declaration of war).
  • Wake Th... Z 2012/05/24 22:22:05 (edited)
    Wake The Sheeple
    I'm just that if it is to be done it be done in the proper & legal manner. The law of the land still matters.
  • I. Car Rus 2012/05/17 05:09:45
    This is why...
    I. Car Rus
    +4
    Because people are more comfortable pigeon holing others--keeps them from having to do the hardest thing of all: thinking for themselves. the beatles think for yourself
  • apachehellfire65 2012/05/17 04:20:01
    This is why...
    apachehellfire65
    +4
    the extreme's on both sides have adopted a our way or the highway mentality.people are very passionate about this election.
  • Wake Th... apacheh... 2012/05/17 15:10:15 (edited)
    Wake The Sheeple
    +1
    the sad part is that there is little to no difference between the two "big" candidates to get excited about... Of course the one that can make a difference is shunned & made fun of.

    ron Paul
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/05/17 04:00:30
    Here is the reason
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
    +2
    Because Zero tolerance is politically correct
  • David Hussey 2012/05/17 03:52:29
    This is why...
    David Hussey
    +3
    Because those who are locked into a given partisan mindset cannot comprehend that some people are capable of thinking outside of pre defined parameters. So if you are not in lockstep with them, the only conclusion they can draw is that you are in lockstep with the other partisan flock
  • Cyan9 2012/05/17 03:37:17
    Here is the reason
    Cyan9
    "To make hypocrisy the worst of all the vices is an invitation to... self-righteous cruelty.". - Judith Shklar
  • JanHopkins 2012/05/17 03:32:57
    This is why...
    JanHopkins
    I think they get payed to do that.
  • Freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2012/05/17 03:30:16
    Here is the reason
    Freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    +5
    Divide and conquer
    tyranny

    They get us so worked up over picking sides that we forget both sides take our freedoms and give us only lies.
  • I. Car Rus Freedom... 2012/05/17 05:11:06
    I. Car Rus
    +3
    Bravo!
  • Shawna 2012/05/17 03:18:12
    Here is the reason
    Shawna
    +2
    Human nature seems designed to look for and profile an enemy. People want to take sides, belong to a group, have an identity common with others. Religions, race, cultural traditions and political affiliation all support that.
  • rocat 2012/05/17 03:05:56 (edited)
    This is why...
    rocat
    +5
    i have had the exact same experience-
    constantly-

    they are all mindless reactionarys-
    pavlovian dogs-
    RING RING
    SLOBBER SLOBBER

    they respond to triggers...
    implanted in their psyches ...
    by the true shapers of our world-

    they do not think-
    they respond to issues...
    and ignore principles-


    they are the victims of a scam...
    one of a false polarity-
    designed to turn us against each other...
    while the scammers operate unimpeded-

    two partys which are really one-
    moving us toward total control-

    those of us who think...
    who dare to step outside the path they prescribe for us...
    are a threat to the devious warping...
    they have placed on most minds-

    how so many can be so used...
    would be baffling...
    if i lacked spiritual understanding-

    the creator says...
    speaking of these times...
    "were it possible...
    even the elect would be deceived"

    it is not possible-
    i am not deceived-

    when you want to control someone...
    give them something to hate-
    split them in half...
    and teach them to hate each other-

    it is scarcely a new methodology-
    but modern tech and media,,,
    have allowed it to be done...
    on a scale like never before-

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