Maybe we all take this too seriously. I am as guilty as anyone of getting too intense. I am pretty good as long as it is just discussing the topic. When people start attacking people, I tend to fight back. It is just a fact that most people on here are liberal. No problem with that. I tend to be conservative. I love discussing TOPICS, but when someone says someone is wrong or evil or stupid because they do not agree with the majority on here, I tend to react more strongly.
Hey, I understand that most people on here are liberal. Most gay people are liberal, with good reason. Republicans are not always the best friends of gays. But there is a big difference between conservative and Republicans. Conservative is a philosophy, Rebublican is a party. I think the two get confused. Republicans do not always act like conservatives. If they did, they would stay out of people's personal lives. A true conservative would. But Republicans are a party, not a philosophy.
The Godfather of the modern Republican party, Barry Goldwater, said the Rebuplican party should stay out of abortion issues, that abortion was a private matter. He also said gays should serve in the military. I think his quote was "you do not have to be straight to shoot straight".
Republicans have moved far away from true conservative ideals. They have become as bad as Democrats in trying to get involved in people's personal lives. That is not true Conservatism. True Conservatism revolves around a few basic ideas:
Small central, or Federal, government
States rights over Federal rights
Strong national defense
For the most part, there is not much difference between the parties. They talk differently, but do the same thing. Both take as much money as they can. They both court lobbyists and accept lobbyist money. They both care more about getting elected and re-elected than most anything. They both will do whatever it takes to get elected and re-elected. Earmarks for special projects, ect.
I am a conservative, not a Rebublican or Log Cabin Rebublican, contrary to popular belief. I am not registered with either party, never have been, and I have voted in every election since I was 18. I voted for Bill Clinton and in fact I voted for Obama in the primaries this year. I have voted for Diane Fienstein and against Barbara Boxer.
I was arrested for protesting against Pete Wilson, a past Republican California Governor, when he went back on a campaign promise to give gays in CA domestic partnership rights. I was part of a two-day protest at the state capitol. Not sure what that makes me except that I fight when I think it is right and I am definitely not afraid to take a stand.
I definitely disagree with some liberals but obviously I disagree with some conservatives. I am not afraid of a fight on idealogy. But I have more respect for people that keep it to idealogy. Not I am an asshole, you are an asshole. Shoot down my statements, as allot have correctly, and I will try to shoot down yours if I disagree.