Did you make a choice based on your personal world views and ideals or did you follow the opinions of others based on race, culture, family or friends?
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Spoken like a true convert, lol. Glen Beck went the other way. But you can wrap up what you said in one word that describes the kind of fundamentalism you are talking about ... intolerance. If you want a second word ... righteousness.
Well said, Suhail. Doctrinal, backward, fundamentalists are what creates violence and oppression. And they want things fair for those who have power and advantage which leaves everyone out of the equation.
Outstanding answer in my opinion and so true, especially the last paragraph.
Approach/outlook greatly determine our political leanings. George Lakoff of Berkeley delineates the orientations as either from "a strict father" or "nurturing mother" p.o.v. Notice how someone raises a teenager and you'll know his/her politics.
Justifying your ideology by calling it practical and objective is one of the oldest and smuggest tricks in the book. Often the underlying assumptions of this ideology are completely impractical, but status quo so acceptable.
Approach and outlook don't make conservatives, they make liberals. Conservatives go where the facts lead, liberals try to fit the facts into their ideology,or in other words their approach and outlook.
Great answer, I would classify myself as a Liberal Democrat; however,I am against big government.I believe in individual self-determination, responsibioity, and accountability.I 'm for reasonable social and health programs,not socialized health care.
Yes the party of critical thinking ;) of which you'll find precious few in DC these days I might add. Like everything else nothing is black/white there is a lot of grey area and that's where progress happens.