“If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then I’m proud to say I’m a ‘Liberal.'”
—John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
“To put conservatism in a bottle with a label is like trying to liquify the atmosphere … The difficulty arises from the nature of the thing. For conservatism is less a political doctrine than a habit of mind, a mode of feeling, a way of living.”
I don’t like what’s happened in our country over the past eight years. We’ve become divided down every line you can imagine. ‘Liberal’ and ‘Conservative’ have become dirty words, words whose meanings aren’t quite clear to most Americans.
Let’s talk about gun nuts, the ones who find it necessary to have an AK-47 in their house. My opinion—that view is an outside view. I don’t need an assault weapon in my house to make me feel comfortable. Now, let’s talk about being fiscally conservative. A lot of people on both sides of the aisle want to reduce spending on unnecessary items/programs. That, in my view, makes about as much sense as an idea can make, putting it more toward the center (center in this case meaning shared by most).
“Second Amendment rights” and “fiscal conservative” are terms that are usually talked about on the Republican platform. I’m a registered Democrat, so one might try to stereotype me and say that I’m against both ideas. That’s not the case. While I do think it’s unneccesary to have assault weapons in private homes, I also think there are ways we could trim down our spending and start reducing the national debt.
Though I ramble, the point I’m trying to make here is that you can be a Republican and still be “liberal”—meaning your views are considered ‘out there’ by some—or you can be a Democrat and still be “conservative”—meaning your views would be closer to the majority.
Take what you will from what I’ve said—which probably isn’t much, as it’s poorly written after too much work and not enough sleep. Just don’t start hate comments—I’ll track you down.