Once upon a time I self-identified as a conservative (and still do) because I meet Edmund Burke's definition of having a "disposition to preserve but with the ability and desire to improve". That said, joining abortiondebate and reading the views of some American self-identified liberals, I've noticed that the views of those are quite similar to my own and probably more in common than most other "conservatives". Contrary to what people think of conservatives, I do not hate liberals, I hate radicals and extremists, whether they be left or right.
I grew up with two parents who are politically apathetic with three very politically active boys which I am the second.
I share lots of sympathies with liberal progressives, including free education up to undergrad, SOME free healthcare, no imperialistic wars, questioning of all authority, freedom of speech, compulsory voting in democracies, tighter gun control, I have a burning desire to kill Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Ann Coulter, preservation of the environment, getting rid of tariffs and subsidies, the right to an abortion (if it can be paid for), pro-democrats, anti-death penalty, anti John Howard, and Keynesian economics.
I do not pretend for one minute to be a Liberal Progressive though. I am also for lowering taxes, personal accountability, against new-age "religions" especially Satanism, for tougher drug laws, more restrictive social welfare, for the taxing of charaties, for the reduction in the size of government, for nuclear power, for nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction to be owned by Iran, Syria, Egypt and any others under Israel's nuclear capability, and above all, anti communist. Communism nearly destroyed my ancestors and I hate everything to do with it, so much so that I even applaud the Nazis and Japanese for their genocidal campaign against communism and I hope that one day the USA declares war and invades North Korea and Cuba.
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