OpinionPolitical labels are mostly meaningless - people have a spectrum of political beliefs and are not the stereotypes used to bash them.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-09-04 at 09:36:54   (8 comments)

On 2009-09-04 at 09:46:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Take a manifesto and go through it and you'll find some correlation with your beliefs, and for some political parties you'll find more than others. You won't, however, agree with everything for any given party - and will actually agree with at least a few things that all parties say they will promote. Worse, some parties actually change their minds about their manifestos once they get into power! http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com/
On 2009-09-04 at 13:19:03, Thelevellers wrote...
So true... For example I would probably vote Liberal Democrat at the next election - but just because they are the only party that has even a slim chance of actually upsetting the Labour/Tory swap shop... I would consider the Green Party based solely on the name, I know nothing of their specific policies!
On 2009-09-04 at 13:43:02, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: I was the same until a few years ago - I actually used that web site to match myself with the UK political parties and it showed me how badly I matched some parties and surprised me in showing matches with others. Having said that, the site only does the US now and so I've got no way to update my vote if the manifestos should change. I don't think it matters much, but it's clear that I'm not an exact fit for any party.
On 2009-09-05 at 03:15:07, BorgClown wrote...
Wow, I hate to be unsure again. It's just that I've met people who not only fit a political label, but also identify completely with one, and only one political party. If the party messes up, they rationalize and support it.
On 2009-09-05 at 06:38:36, Baslisks wrote...
Labels in general are useful ways of looking at your world, lets you store and interact with more information at one time. Just makes life useful
On 2009-09-05 at 08:22:53, Thelevellers wrote...
It may just be us 'pantywaist' liberals that don't have an easily defineable set of beliefs... I wouldn't want to get into the reasons for that...
On 2009-09-05 at 16:04:28, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Sure, people fit a political label - and self-identify with it - but even they won't be an exact fit. I'll admit there there are extremes though, as some want things to stay the same and some want/accept progress.
On 2009-09-07 at 02:48:14, DigitalBoss wrote...
It is very simple for me. I want less government in my life. That means less regulation and less taxes. I am a responsible citizen that works smart and makes good decisions in my life. I believe that the money I earn is for myself and my family, not for some jackass that can't keep a job or just wants to party all the time. The government has no business taking what I earned away from me by force. They have no business knowing where I work or how much money I make, it is an invasion of my privacy. Let them have their army and build a few roads and stay the fuck out of my life.