I find myself in a state of considerable political confusion. In a UK context, I don't know what to think about Brexit, and I think the Tories are mismanaging the situation a little, although I know how difficult negotiations are. On the other hand, while in normal circumstances I might lean a bit towards Labour or the Liberal Democrats, the latter is now irrelevant and the former's most recent manifesto revealed glaring problems with their understanding of economics; not to mention the fact that the Shadow Cabinet is full of incompetents. So, I just don't know which way to vote when the time comes.
Fortunately, both parties ostensibly support the NHS, freedom of choice and religion, and the freedom of the press, so that's not my main concern. Has anyone else, in the UK or otherwise, had similar trouble aligning with any of the political parties of their countries?
Being Australian, and spending time in England, I thought that I was center left. From a mainland European perspective, this made me probably about center right. But then I moved to the US. Without changing a thing, I somehow found that I'm now so far left that I'm nearly radical. What the....?
Left vs. Right here is basically "Center Right" vs "Far Right Extremism" in other countries. It's been a wakeup call for me.
If I was in europe I would be considered far right. Here it the states I am classified as a liberal commie. I have strong conservative values, what passes for conservative these days does not. They scream about the national debt, but the deficits always rise under "conservative" values. The last republican to show fiscal resposiblity was Nixon. The last republican I voted for was Reagan, and I did not vote for him the second time because he ran up the debt. I stongly suspect the constitution has more than the 2nd amendment, and I think every one of them is valuable. The constituion is not an exclusive document that only applies to white males of good standing. It also applies to the accused, the poor, minorities, immigrants, muslims and even us heathens.
I ten dto think tha thte measure of a cilivilization is determined by howyou treat the poorest peopel in that civilization compared to how they cater to and indulge the richest in that civilization. The greater the divide between rich and poor, the less "civilized" or humane the nation really is.
FAR LEFT. I am disgusted by conservative politics, especially where religion is involved, but that doesn't mean I hop on the liberal bandwagon either. I try my utmost not to operate in small, closed information loops where everyone is preaching to the choir and not doing SH!T about anything. I believe in understanding multiple sides (including opposing sides) of an issue and never treating anyone--regardless of their background--like they are stupid when they are trying to learn and reach across what is--let's face it--an epic divide. I support change and movement from the grassroots, in getting involved locally with issues I care about. There is a ripple effect that takes places when one person inspires another, and we are all connected.
I have been a progressive liberal far longer than being an atheist. I believe in a single-payer health coverage and government protection of the poor and children. I also see the US converting to a four party system without the headaches of a parliamentary government coalition. Winner still takes all. We may have to have a second election in December if no one gets 50%+1 votes.
Centre left. Would be green, if they had a better way of running. I think like the sexual harassment issues in Parliament the whole system is 20 years out of date. Sick of pollies taking the Government for what they can while expecting fraud to be unacceptable in the rest of society. Also expecting things that shouldn't be expected to make a profit, like health and social care, to run better privately? At least the Left accept that some things need to be provided, but some people can afford to pay. The big questions remain unaddressed by any of the above and the existing system makes us seem fickle as it may as well be a two horse race, unfortunately.
I'm a moderate and a centrist. I do lean a little left, but have no use for either
the democratic or republican parties. I don't like extremes.
I do, however, believe that there are good ideas to be found on both the
right and the left. Ideology is an impediment to progress, and it alienates an
awful lot of people who deserve to feel like they are part of the process.
I love Bernie! I'm all about freedom and true equality. I'm mostly left but I believe in the death penalty for multiple rape/murder or molestation of a child. I believe it is your right to carry a gun. I will judge you as a Neanderthal but it is your right. I am gay and I support your right to hate me, but not to discriminate against me in law or emergency / basic needs services (food/health/shelter/education). I'm pretty left... But I believe you can be left and not eat GMOs and pesticides. I believe you can be left and support religious freedom.
In the US right now the far right has taken over. I can't get wth Trump and his fascist philosophies. Trump is deregulating everything. Its a dangerous place. We need to change the polirical landscape of Republican congress. Grassroots is woeking hard for a blue wave in the midterms.
Centre-left. In other words, I consider myself a leftist, but my views aren't extreme and would be viewed as common sense by the standards of other nations (Nordic nations, especially). Why are my views this way? I was raised by a bunch of Bush ass-kissing Republicans who worship Regan and voted to make America "great" again. Need I say more?
I am a progressive. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I believe it is the government's job to promote these values for everyone. The inequality promoted by the right is antidemocratic and is based largely on greed. Nobody on the right wants to pay any taxes and goverments cannot exist without revenue.
I am an independent, true Progressive (think of Bull Moose Progressives and Teddy Roosevelt). This is very different from those who call themselves Progressive Democrats. The difference is that I do not vote for PARTIES! I vote for INDIVIDUALS, their personal merits, and their ideas, and for the betterment of our Nation. I see Political Parties as one of the major sources of problems and corruption in our Political system. That said, I currently tend to vote for NO REPUBLICANS, and mostly for DEMOCRATS as a lesser of the evils.
I am really hoping TULSI GABBARD runs for President or Vice President. I wrote in Bernie in the 2016 election, because he is a good man and the other two were absolute [insert F-bomb] disasters.