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On Being "Conservative" - Unbeliever's Land
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On Being "Conservative"
Since the election, The Usual Suspects have all been parroting the talking point that "we're a center-right nation" -- and using as "proof" the fact that polls show most Americans self-identifying as "conservative".

To which I say, yeah, but we're "conservatives" who want to leave Iraq, end torture, keep abortion legal, allow Medicare (i.e. "socialized medicine") to cover EVERYBODY, legalize gay marriage, and so forth.  In other words, not "conservative" by any definition the right wing loons would have us use.

It is the LABEL "conservative" that people are attracted to.  Not any of the actual policies that modern "conservatives" are supposed to adhere to.

(So all that shows is that the term "conservative" has better had marketing than, say, "liberal".  Fancy that.)

Shove THAT up your pipe and smoke it, Limbots!

(Do Limbaugh listeners still refer to themselves as "Dittoheads" and say things like "Megadittos"?  Or did that die off in the 90's?)

Current Emotional State: bored bored

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: November 18th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
And "liberal" has been so successfully demonized that lots of liberals refer to themselves as "progressive." (I separate myself only because when I do feel moved to self-label, I call myself "liberal/radical.")

And categories are very typically used to file people away and dismiss them.

And linear categories for multiple dimensions of issue and choice is a lot of gibberish anyway.

And people self-label in accordance with their perceived position relative to others in the society relevant to them. (See demonization, above.)

And spending time on categorization distracts time and effort from productive work.
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