do you fit in a little box?

@jb78000 (15173)
August 6, 2009 8:51pm CST
blue or red? (which mean opposite things depending where you come from. blue can be conservative or not conservative. red can mean left wing or thoroughly anti left wing.) do you define yourself in terms of your political views and go along with the consensus opinion or try to think for yourself? acknowledgements i was going to post this yesterday but then saw someone else had made a comment along the same lines. they've not started a discussion so here it is, i'm not nicking ideas.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Where I come from blue indicates a Democrat and red indicates a Republican. I'm now pretty much a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat so I guess that puts me in a blue box. I live in Pennsylvania which is about as blue a state as you will find. People in my neck of the woods have been known to sport bumper stickers that say "proud to live in a blue state". (lol)
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
7 Aug 09
Ok then going on this basis, what is it about your "blue" box that distinguishes you from those who have squeezed themselves in to a little red box? What is it you see as the [i] governmentaly relevent [i] differences in those boxes?
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@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
irish, i think it depends on whether you think about issues or just take on whatever the current democrat party line is jb
• United States
7 Aug 09
I find most people do not fit in a little box with a label on it. I know I don't. I realy can not align myself with either major party. BOth are too corrupt and self serving. That aside....I would say I am a independent.I like some ideas from the right and some from the left. I hate some things on both sides. There are time I agree with either one party or the other on an issue and there are times when I think that both sides have it completely wrong on a issue. I am not much of follower. I won't blindly follower a party. I like to get the facts and then make up my own mind. I don't like to be told what to think or how to do it.
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@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
same here. i know that a lot of my ideas seem to belong to one group but that is not because i got them secondhand. when i was younger i considered going into politics but realised i couldn't go along with one party all the time.
• United States
7 Aug 09
I thought about going into politics at one point too and decided not to. I am not willing to "blindly follow party lines" or stick with the party on every vote. Which means sense I don't follow their rules my career would not last long even if I was lucky enough to get elected sense I would refuse to lie, cheat and steal my way into getting elected.
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• United States
7 Aug 09
I don't think I really fit into any box. I am very opinionated but it varies on the topic. I do not care for politics and generally try to avoid political discussions. I keep those opinions to myself! I stand with different groups on different things.. so I guess I have my own box!
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
good for you
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Hi jb! No, I don't fit into any kind of a box and I defy stereotypes regularly. My views are basically moderate...but not all of them. I'm a registered Republican but I've always voted the person and not the party. I'm my own person and follow my own heart...but I do love my country.
• United States
7 Aug 09
SOrry to butt in....but what is a ned?
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
my brother used to be one. it's an un-pc glaswegian term for very young and often very aggressive kids.
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Ohhh, I was going to ask the same question. In the cities here they're called "thugs" and down here in the south they're called "little a$$holes who are going to get their butts kicked" by anyone older than they are.
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7 Aug 09
Though I am conservative, but i'd never call myself a blue, or by any other color. How can colors define who i am? Colors r only a tag.Maybe i'm untagged. But that's what I am, and thus though I'm conservative, i'd not be freaked out to talk to a so called red or a left-wing.
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
i have several (real life) friends with pretty different political ideas. we might have a lot in common but will argue about some issues
@machizmo (279)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I personally never will fit into only blue or red ideology. I myself am more of a moderate, but I do not like how polarized and divided the USA has become. There is too much division and talk of fighting and very little is accomplished.
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
i've noticed
• United States
7 Aug 09
I don't belong to any one party, though I do have more conservative ideas, I can't call myself a republican, I like the republicans from the Barry Goldwater days, but now they are not really the same. I really like the views of the Libertarian party, which stem back from the earliest views of the United States with the founding fathers. If I had to call myself anything I would say libertarian, though I won't even do that. I don't think many Americans can label themselves with one party, unless if they vote on a straight ticket every year, which I don't agree with at all. That just gives the wrong kind of power to people. Times are definitely changing, I can see maybe a third party coming out in my lifetime perhaps, since people are so dissatisfied with the main two parties, I can only hope though.
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Aug 09
i think two parties is not enough. there are several smaller parties here - with a clear 3rd for the uk and another 1st/2nd for scotland. it helps reduce the overall power that new labour and the conservatives have, which is definitely not a bad thing.