#15 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON AT 2019-08-02 07:39 PM | REPLY | FLAG:
Lying? Please. I've posted here a long time, if sparsely the last several years, and one thing I have always been is consistent.
I am first off, an almost single issue voter - I am anti-war for anything but an attack on our home turf. Too many I served with will never come back from Bush's war crimes in the Middle East. But I lost faith in the democrats with Obama. Continue and expand on wars, on domestic surveillance, on bailing out the rich while leaving the 99% to pick up their tab while losing their homes, Footing a health care act written by insurance lobbyists while telling us single payer was off the table even though dems had the house and senate. He was nothing but a neocon in democrat's clothing and Hillary was worse. She didn't even try to hide her willingness to lord it over other nations we have no right setting foot in.
Now take the current crop of democrats. I have always stood for freedom, sometimes to the extent of disagreeing with fellow leftists. I am pro-second amendment for instance, because I want an armed proletariet capable of rising up. I want women and minorities armed in the face of racists and misogynists. I have stood for freedom of speech and the right to offend as far back as when I was a child and the right wing religious busybodies were up in arms against the "piss Christ." Against the government having any say in who is in your bedroom or what you do to your own body. Drugs, abortion, sex change - I do not care. But this current crop of democrats have changed. Too many for limiting speech, perfectly fine with government intrusion into people's lives and businesses, the new moral busybodies taking the mantle from the puritans, the Victorians, and the religious right before them. Too worried about offending instead of protecting the right to offend with unpopular speech. Too willing to take up the mantle of war hawks, even while hypocritically teaching at home about the evils of colonialism. Too willing to take away people's right to self-defense even while shrieking about oppressors. Almost... as if they aren't really interested in empowerment and freedom so much as control and dividing the populace against each other, while they, the ruling class maintain their revolving doors among lobbyists and lawmakers, while they seize more power in the name of protecting the oppressed.
And economically, I'm straight up a democratic socialist. I believe the people own the rights of production, of the fruits of their labor and shared natural resources. I believe we should have massively stronger social safety nets, and should expand education to minimally k-14, if not straight through a bachelor's or full trade so as to be more competitive on the world market. Should have single payer, both to cover all, and again - make our businesses, now footing the greater part of insurance benefits - more competitive in the world market, which mostly does not have that onus on them. Perhaps a form of basic universal income.
So explain how I'm not liberal or more, when my problem with democrats is their increasing resemblance to the authoritarians and puritans we once fought against.
The only thing I side with Republicans on, is that Democrats deserve to lose until they get their ---- together. Which in my world, means stand for individual freedom to the greatest possible extreme, stand for peace at all costs, and fight for a government that serves the people effectively. Not divide people with identity politics, not control what is and isn't acceptable to do, think, or say. And last, not to change my views on issues such as immigration or foreign policy 180 degrees at the drop of a hat because the party holding the presidency changed. If there's one thing I hate more than authoritarianism, it's a hypocrite.