We're not liberals either. My point is this, major media and
talk-radio in particular try to oversimplify our political views. But
people (and especially Americans), don't fit neatly into those boxes. My
contention is there there are very few card-carrying liberals or
conservatives out there, the vast majority of us don't live lives that
are that simple.
I have a long time friend who's a Rush Limbaugh conservative, listens to
Rush and Hannity every day and believes they're holding the tide against
the liberal takeover of the country. But when you start a free wheeling
conversation over dinner and a few drinks, it turns out some of his
views are right there in the Democratic Party platform. Of course when I
point this out he gets defensive and looks over his shoulder (as if Rush
might be listening in).
Same thing with friends who consider themselves liberal (they don't have
a really good talk radio host, so they're forced to get their
information by actually reading). They're excited about the prospect of
Obama or Clinton going into the White House and they're fully on board
with their stance on the issues. Until again, over dinner and drinks
(drinks always seem to help) they sound very un-liberal over issues like
immigration or capital punishment.
What all this means really is that most of the election year is wasted
on mindless partisan tribalism, instead of addressing the issues people
really worry and care about. Tell me how my kids will be able to afford
college, instead of trading insults with your opponents like a 3rd
grader. Tell me why the richest country in the world can't figure out
how to provide universal healthcare when countries with a fraction of
our annual income seem to do it just fine. And what about the issues
that don't fit neatly into either parties philosophy, like nuclear
proliferation and our crumbling infrastructure?
The bottom line is the vast majority of us live in the middle, and
that's where we'll find the answers.
PS I suspect Rush and Hannity live in the middle too, they just make
their money on the edges.