Quote Originally Posted by duby229 View Post
Here in America we have basically have two political parties. The Democrats, and the Republicans. Republicans are elephants, and Democrats are jackasses. Republicans are conservative, and Democrats are liberal. I find that to be terribly fitting.
I find it terribly amusing (and somewhat frightening) that even though the two American parties (Rep/Dem) are basically identical in their politics, a lot of people still assign them ideologies and labels such as "liberal" or "conservative". Newsflash: they are neither! Sure, there are some differences, but it's all in the nuances and details, not in the ideology. If you stop and think a little, you can realize that only two parties would never be able to encompass the enormous diversity of a country that covers half a continent. So what do they do? They compromise, of course. Their policies are a mish-mash of various (and sometimes antagonic) points of view that have only one thing in common -- they exist to help them get elected and stay in office. End of story. If anyone thinks that Obama's or Cain's or whoever's discourse is a sincere expression of their beliefs and ideology, instead of a carefully crafted marketing speech, they are, to put it mildly, quite naive.

Oh, and one more thing -- @duby, please do not confuse liberalism (or rather social liberalism to be more accurate) with socialism. What you are opposing is socialism -- liberals will never wish for more taxes or more government involvement... It is true that Dems in the US are leaning toward social-democracy, but that doesn't make them liberals. Neither do the Reps supporting the free market; however, you could also say they are both liberal to a certain degree (depends on which half of the glass you consider).

Meanwhile, both parties are working tirelessly to impose an over-reaching and all-powerful government which would be in nobodies interest but theirs -- but somehow people are more concerned over healthcare and immigration... oh, please wake up!