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Wake Up, Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservatives

RepubRob2 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 8:47 AM
No, you entirely missed the point...not just of this article, but of Governing Philosophy 101. The reason that there are two parties in the US is because THEY REPRESENT TWO FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHIES OF GOVERNMENT, knothead. You ARE Bob, Conscript. If you can vote democrat on ANY issue, then turn around and vote Republican on another, you simply are not paying enough attention. Do you realize that the most maverick of representatives from either party votes with his/her party at least 80% of the time? You may make yourself feel better by saying you vote the "platform" (which tells me you are not a political observer when you misuse the term like that), but they laugh at you when they get to Congress and get told how to vote.
ZealousConscript Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 8:58 AM
You realize of course that there were no parties at the founding of our nation? That George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (to name a few) were disgusted by the idea of political parties, naming them 'factions' that were dangerous to the political system? In fact, Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying "if I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all" and Washington said that parties "agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another"
And yeah, I think that voting on what a candidate does and says, rather than whatever color they're affiliated with is the right thing to do.

Dear Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservative Friend,

That's pretty toothy, so I'm going to call you Bob.

But whatever specific name you go by, Bob, you know who you are. You're the sort of person who says to his conservative friends or co-workers something like, "I would totally vote for Republicans if they could just give up on these crazy social issues."

When you explain your votes for Barack Obama, you talk about how Republicans used to be much more moderate and focused on important things such as low taxes, fiscal discipline and balanced budgets.

When Colin Powell was on "Meet the...