My identity confusion. Help me, please.

TruthSleuth1958's picture

First let me say that this coming out is not easy for me.

I have struggled for a long time with my identity and have always longed for the labels that others enjoy.

Regardless, it is time for me to have my 'affiliation' properly stereotyped and categorized so here goes.
I am pro-choice.

I support the death penalty in some cases.

I believe in and support civil unions.

I think George W Bush and congress have spent money like a drunken sailer and used extremely poor judgment (ie. Rumsfeld, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.)in the war on terror.

I think Clinton was the most reckless, irresponsible President in my lifetime who decimated the military and squandered the greatest opportunity to seal our position in the world of any man in history.

I think people should be able to grow marijuana for personal consumption.

I support the war on terror and the war in Iraq.

I think the nativity scene and ten commandments are just fine at the courthouse square on "Christmas".

I hate big government and do not want them intruding in my life or personal business.

I do not believe in price ceilings or price floors.

I think you should only be able to marry once - unless one spouse dies - but after that you can join in 'civil union'.

I do not support quotas or affirmative action.

I do not think there should be a federal department of Education.

I do not think that congress should be able to spend money that they do not have - I support Paygo.

I think that every person should have to pay their tax bill on April 15 - not have deductions made from each check - that is loaning the government money interest free and hiding the real impact of paying taxes from the people.

I think illegal aliens should all be deported and denied future citizenship.

I think anyone caught knowingly employing an illegal alien should have his/her business license revoked.

I think we should make becoming a US citizen easier - especially for Mexicans and Canadians- and quicker.

I think congress should have term limits.

I think all preventive medical care should be free.

I think taxes on cars, motor-cycles, jet-skis, bicycles, cigarettes and other items associated with high medical costs should go to offset insurance costs for the lower income citizens.

I do not think that there should be any 'anchor babies'. This would eliminate the tragedy of 'splitting families' when the illegal parent is deported (deport the entire family).

I believe in euthanasia and support Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

I think prescription drugs should all be paid for through court fines, confiscated drug sales, and a government program to offset the costs.

Drug companies and R&D should be audited and regulated just like public utilities.

I think the government should own all of the gasoline refineries and build more of them and only crude oil should be owned by private sector companies.

I think the profits from these refineries should be used to help reduce the tax burden on households with two adults working full time - regardless of their income.

Okay guys....I could go on but why would I? You get the point ... liberals find me conservative - conservatives find me liberal. What am I? Who is my candidate? I feel so .... disenfranchised!

Thank you in advance for your guidance.

Lost and all alone in Fayetteville-

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Submitted by mudcat on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 8:48pm.

You are turning 50 if that 1958 is your YOB.

Conservative and sensible is what you are. I could only argue 2 of your points and I won't - and that is exactly my point and I suppose yours - we don't need labels or slogans or even political parties - we need beliefs and opinions and most importantly - values.

Why we have to belong to a group - a political party - to participate in the election process is beyond me. The candidates need to do it for fund raising, but we as voters don't. I vote for the individual and this year it is McCain because he is the best choice of those on the ballot. He is not who I would have chosen, but it will be him vs. Obama and that's the choice I have.

Third party candidates - no thank you. Although if some third party candidates emerged early enough with real positions I would consider them.

That being said and back to the points you raised - no candidate at any level could get funded or elected with those beliefs - even though I'm sure many politicians have those very same beliefs - albeit privately. So, we need to compromise and vote for the guy or gal who gives us most of what we want.

Submitted by sageadvice on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 5:29pm.

All your struggling, all your torture--it is terrible.
Only on Fayette County could such evil doings occur!
No wonder is it that I am greatly despised on here---I have a few feelings about some things they hate also.
Well sleuth, I have a feeling that after the next general election these guys who know nothing about Independent voting, will be unimportant to the nation---a batch of losers in one Georgia county.
I wasn't sure about why a lot of money--anyway you could get it--was so important until I discovered that coffins made in Fayette County
have a rather large pocket on the side, reachable with the right hand, where all of their money could be placed. Now I know!
The problem is, that when their lawyer friends go up to the casket to say goodbye, they write a check to the guy for the full amount and swap it for the cash in the pocket!
The Director then checks the check to see if it is for the full amount, and closes the coffin.

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Submitted by yardman5508 on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 5:48pm.

is not with you, it is with how your beliefs are translated into political action. We all believe something different about how government should operate...that is very normal. The difficulty arises when we begin to think that government should do exactly what we want it to do. You see, the process by which our beliefs become government action requires that we be involved in the decision-making process...all of us. Only through public input can we have government that truly represents the "will of the people".

The second part of the equation also proves to be the most difficult part for us to swallow. Once we have adequate input, then we have to be able to live with the results of the process. It may not be exactly what we want, but we have had our say and we accept the policy that comes from that input. Now this assumes that everyone's input is equal {equality being one of the mainstays of this system}. No one gets an unfair edge because they are richer, a minority, disadvantaged, whatever.

Where the wheels have fallen off, IMHO, is when some representatives began to think that they represented not the will of the people, but the will of those who paid their salary {or their eventual salary}. I can hear the rumbling in the background now about how that is the way it should be, since those are the ones who ultimately fund government. In a democracy, the government must work for all the people, not just those who fund it, or even those who vote. The difficult part is discerning how to best serve those who do not offer input. They cannot simply be ignored.

So, sleuth, the ambivalence you feel is quite natural...most of us have the same feeling to one degree or another. For my part, I got involved in elective politics for just that reason. I wanted to be able to have a say in what gets done, knowing that what I want will probably never actually become government policy. I wanted to have input. Keep the faith.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Submitted by blazing2006 on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 5:17pm.

You are not alone. I also believe, pretty much, with all points.

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Submitted by TinCan on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 4:07pm.

Please post it here for my benefit because I agree almost point for point with your opinions. I recently posted on here that I thought I was conservative, but now ............ I dunno?

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Submitted by TruthSleuth1958 on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 5:29pm.

Don't you feel completely abandoned by both parties?

We can't be that rare - who represents us? What are we called?

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