Discussing politics on a sports messageboard

You might ask yourself, why do it? Why do I persist in discussing politics with people who know more about the NBA than they do about politics or history? Well, I think the answer has something to do with feeling out of touch with how the rest of the country thinks, living up here in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is like another country. All our citizens have health care, all our citizens have equal access to marriage rights if they want them, we have a very diverse population racially, economically, and religiously, yet somehow for the most part we manage to get along without killing each other. Oh, and we typically vote Democratic.

Hence, I don’t see the daily lies McSame and Wackjob’s campaign spews out, and it’s not polite to make racially insensitive remarks or spread “pants-on-fire” lies about political candidates just because they’re from a different party or they look different from you. We’re out of touch with the rest of the country.

So I spend a lot of time on the Spurstalk Messageboard, where mostly I keep up on sports news and discuss sports issues. But there’s a political section as well. In part, I see it as my job to correct blatant misinformation that’s being spread, but occasionally interesting discussions take place.

Someone recently posted poll asking whether people identify as “liberal”, “conservative” or “middle”. I’ve always hated this question. I selected middle, even though most of my views in America in 2008 would classify me as a “liberal.” But I’m done with other people’s definitions. I hate change, I resist change, so by the classical definition there is a piece of me that remains “conservative.”

But a quick Wikipedia search found this quote about “liberalism”:

Liberalism emphasizes individual rights and equality of opportunity. Different forms of liberalism may propose very different policies, but they are generally united by their support for a number of principles, including extensive freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, the free exchange of ideas, a market or mixed economy, and a transparent system of government.”

Put into those words, doesn’t that sound an awful lot like what Republicans are always claiming to be about? Not the nutbag Republicans like McSame’s VP selection, but the kind of Republicans McSame used to claim to be?

Another note is that that last one (“a transparent system of government”) is very, very important. And the most dangerous thing about Wackjob — even more dangerous than her idiotic ideas about parenting, how the earth was created, and her desire to regulate other people’s sex lives — is her affection for the same policies of secrecy and lies that Bush/Cheney promulgated. It’s how you start to close down an open (“liberal”) society and make it a totalitarian one.

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~ by realsupergirl on September 11, 2008.

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