- Since I am in favor of a flat tax and believe in free market: I am a Republican
- Since I am pro choice and support gay marriage: I am a Democrat
- Believe in individual rights when it comes to tolerance of other people’s property, advancement based on individual ability: I am libertarian
- Since I don’t believe in taxpayer funding of religious charities: I am little bit Republican
- Don’t believe in government regulated economy: you guessed it …not a Democrat
- Since I actually believe in science and that climate change is not a hoax created by Al Gore and the Nobel committee: I cannot be a Republican
Therein lies the rub. The minute I say I am a Republican or Democrat (liberal or conservative) a standard set of attributes and positions are automagically assigned to me. What ever happened to taking an issue letting it roll around the old noodle and come up with a position based on what seems right to you. Why the need for the template?
|Image Source: http://thedailycannibal.com/2011/11/02/poster-boys/|
So I end up being a Republibertocrat (or in simplified campaign terms – the Undecided voter!). I generally lean liberal on social issues and ‘somewhat’ conservative on fiscal issues. Obviously come election time I am like the photo above- an ‘elephant’s ass’!
Here is a potential scenario – What if there were three candidates for the presidency and I was able to allocate my one vote (in parts) to the candidates and I could decide the split based on my stance on the various issues during that election year?