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Monday, July 10

Lean to the right. Good, now lean further...

I'm a fairly conservative person in my moral and political thoughts.

**That hacking sound you hear is people who actually know me choking on their coffee because of the use of the word 'fairly'.

Ok, ok. The truth is that I'm a full member of the 'Vast, Card-Carrying, Right-Wing, Religious Nutjob Conspiracy' league. If people awarded merit badges for conservatism, the only one I'd be missing is the 'Concealed Carry Permit'. I have fired fully-automatic firearms behind some redneck's farm a few times... I just never filled out the form.

It's a midterm election year and my wife is probably thrilled that there's been so much other stuff going on in our lives right now. Otherwise, I'd have started my typical over-obsessive analysis of all things political months ago. As it is, I'm behind - so it's time to start catching up!

Every election year I direct a handful of people to the World's Smallest Political Quiz and try (mostly unsuccessfully) to get them to share their results. I don't want to argue - I'm just interested in where other people lie. You can see my result to the right.

Given a couple shifts in my mood I'm either as Conservative as you get or I'm a fringy Libertarian. Anyone care to share their leanings with me? Leave a comment.

Where is this political rambling going, you ask? First, consider this a long preface to a post on my growing dissatisfaction with the Republican Party and mainstream conservatism in general.

Second, I just wanted to tell people that I saw Bernie Sanders this past weekend. If you're outside of New England politics, you may not know the lofty and venerable Bernie. Congressman Sanders has served as the Representative for the State of Vermont since '91. He ran as an Independent, I presume because the word 'Socialist' still had enough negative connotations that it would ensure failure in an election. Then again, this is Vermont we're talking about...

Anyway, let's just say I can find about two things Bernie and I would agree on. One is the importance of regular breathing - both in and out. However, even when we agree we find ourselves in strict opposition over the reason why something should be a certain way.

Seeing him walking in the Windsor Heritage Days parade was enough to shock me back to reality that this is an even-numbered year. It also made my eyes water and caused an odd hissing, frothing fit according to those seated next to me.

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9 Comments:

  • I landed just south of centrist ... a marginal statist! Always knew I was more liberal than most of the VBCers, now it's confirmed!

    By Blogger PatL, at 12:59 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • .. but only just barely south of centrist, I might add, which is where I probably would have guessed myself. :-)

    By Blogger PatL, at 1:00 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • Always knew I was more liberal than most of the VBCers...

    I would expect that I'm farther right than the average VBCer. So you may not be far off!

    Yet another data point to prove I'm a poor benchmark for just about anything! :-)

    By Blogger HeavyDluxe, at 1:28 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • (Alan here)

    I was surprised to be sitting right there on the right 100% edge, either one or two ticks northwest of HeavyD depending on how I answered one question.

    I always thought I was more centrist than that - but then again in Lancaster PA where I came from, those views are centrist!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:24 AM, July 11, 2006  

  • With a score of 70% in PERSONAL issues and 100% in ECONOMIC issues, I'm clearly a libertarian... with conservative overtones.

    The J-Man

    By Blogger The J-Man, at 11:55 AM, July 11, 2006  

  • A solid libertarian, as my voting record would also demonstrate :)

    By Blogger paradigm shifter, at 3:57 PM, July 12, 2006  

  • I could easily be swayed by a lot of LP positions. Eva and I seriously looked into the Libertarians in 2000. I just found/find some of the stuff a little hard to take.

    For example this and this.

    Aside from the moral issues, the Consitution Party is very similar to the Libertarians.

    By Blogger HeavyDluxe, at 5:06 PM, July 12, 2006  

  • I scored 60% in personal and 100% in economic...I'm a Libertarian with conservative leanings.

    By Blogger Eva, at 2:10 PM, July 17, 2006  

  • I landed centrist, almost directly in the middle, I was slightly to the left. Eww. I'm not happy about this..at all. I think I lean much more to the right. In reality, my personal feelings do probably lean to the left only because I'm human, I'm sinful, so I want to be selfish for my benefit. However, when voting and in political discussions, I lean wayyyy to the right, because feelings aren't reliable, and I know I have to do what's "right" on behalf of my country and to what our founding fathers wanted. but that's just my mere stand point :)

    By Blogger Inga Tso, at 3:44 PM, January 06, 2015  

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