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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:27 PM
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Poll question: Lefty, righty, or centrist?
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 04:08 PM by Feanorcurufinwe
Where do you place yourself on the political spectrum?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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mot78 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:30 PM
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1. Liberal and proud!
I'm not a "Progressive" or "moderate" I'm a Liberal damnit!!!
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diamondsoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:51 PM
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16. Left....waaaaaay left, and
even more left since I started actually learning something about politics and the USA.

I USED to align with the Dalai Lama, NOW I'm even more left than he is!
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:30 PM
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2. So far left, I've left the room!
:bounce:
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:54 PM
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17. I'm on my way out that room, myself.
But, all that will be said is... "Don't let the door....."

It all depends on what others mean by "left".

Since I'm about as "left" as it gets, I don't have to guess.

But, "left" ain't what it used to be, so those who were "right" 10 years ago, are now "left".

I'm suddenly feeling dizzy.

:)

Kanary
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:30 PM
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3. Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal,
and internationally radical.
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SW FL Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:27 PM
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30. Fiscally moderate, Socially Liberal n/t
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ACK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:37 PM
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4. You judge -- my core political beliefs
1. I believe the Government has a duty to regulate the power of
corporations when the corporate interests conflict with public
interests.

2. I believe that the full protection of the Bill of Rights outlined in
the Constitution should not be curtailed.

3. I believe in a woman's right to choose.

4. I believe that universal healthcare is a moral imperitive and can
benefit both the public and the business structure of this country.

5. I believe in the seperation of church and state and that public money should not go to fund religious organizations.

6. I believe in the social safety net. I believe that government can
give a hand up and not just a hand out.

7. I believe in proper education funding.

8. I believe in morality in foreign policy. Too often, being pragmatic has turned to being opportunistic and bullying. In the end, we always pay for it.

9. I believe in protecting the environment and this can be done without being proxies for industry and without destroying industry.

10. I believe that election finance reform is not even close to complete and needs serious attention in regards to money and media execution.

11. Gun safety laws need to be strengthened but a ban on firearms is
not practical or workable.

12. Corporate welfare should end. It is not the government's job in a
capitalist society to bail out or give aid to failing corporations.

13. Small business initiatives that promote competition in a free market society is not the same thing as corporate welfare and should endure to promote the ideals of small business owners.

14. I believe in a military strong enough to defend the nation.

15. Independence from non-renewable energy sources should be a national goal with a set of real deadlines.

16. I believe in a worker's right to organize and collectively bargain.


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MAlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:25 PM
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7. progressive
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:56 PM
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18. OMG!!!! And they let you out in public?? ^_^
You sound like a very reasonable person.

Are you on the endangered list yet?

:toast:

Kanary
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:06 PM
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5. So hard to define oneself these days...
I put liberal because I'd say that I believe in proper fundering for government programs but with fiscal responsability at the same time. Basically I think that we should fully fund social programs but congress and the white house need to do a better job of keeping excess spending on pork projects (ESPECIALLY in the defense department) down. I belive that tax cuts for the rich are a bad idea and I think that ultimately the middle class are better off if their kids' education is paid for and their healthcare costs are drastically reduced, they will get full social security payments, and medicare/perscription drugs in their old age over $400-500 a year in tax cuts. The only fiscal issue I am somewhat conservative on is social security. I think privatization in theory is a great idea but I also know better than to trust Republicans with something like social security and thus I'm not in favor it at this time.

Socially I agree with almost every liberal position except school prayer. I think that if the football team wants to say a prayer before a game it's okay with me so long as the coach or another authority figure does not participate. I think that we should de-criminalize marajuana but not legalize it totally. I don't think we should have marajuana sold over the counter in drug stores, but at the same time I don't think people should go to jail for it. I say, take all the money that we would've spent keeping nonviolent criminals who's only offense is getting caught with possession or smoking it and put it into the education system. I bet we'd keep quite a few more kids off drugs in the first place.

Defense and foreign affairs, I pretty much agree with most of what the Clinton administration did. We should use our military to stop genocidal dictators and to address threats to our nation. That doesn't mean however, that we need full-scale wars. I also think that we need to help fight poverty and lack of education in third world countries because it ultimately helps fight the long term effect which is more terrorism.
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citizen snips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:08 PM
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6.  I am a centrist Democrat.
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 04:09 PM by MATTMAN


I took the test to see where I am on the political spectrum


http://quizilla.com/users/hazelwudi/quizzes/
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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:55 PM
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8. I don't believe the political spectrum falls into that line.
Totalitarian Communists and Totalitarian Fascists are roughly the same in my book.
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citizen snips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:58 PM
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9. I believe I am a Centrist Democrat.
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Darkamber Donating Member (507 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:48 PM
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14. I came out conservative...
Only a few questions, but I consider myself in the center/moderate as well but taking this test I came out conservative.

interesting test though. I took another one and it had me far to the left of DK...so it depends on the questions asked.
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:58 PM
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19. Call me "rabid"
I'm about to be extinct because of the draconian HUD cuts coming, and, no, I'm not very "tolerant" about it.

A threatened existance does that to a person.

Kanary, headed down into the mine.......
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citizen snips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:32 PM
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22. What is draconian HUD?
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 06:34 PM by MATTMAN
I am not calling you rabid the poltical spectrum quiz is.
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:33 PM
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23. CUTS
Finish the sentence.

Thank you.

Kanary
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citizen snips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:36 PM
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24. ok I will play your game.
what is draconian HUD cuts?
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:40 PM
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25. Tell ya what, sweetie, you walk in my shoes for a bit
Then call it a "game".

Get a heart, eh?

Kanary
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citizen snips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:44 PM
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26. skip it.
I am going to google.
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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:22 PM
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28. No need, Matt.
HUD stands for the Housing and Urban Development department. Here's their website: http://www.hud.gov /. Read up.
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citizen snips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:26 PM
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29. Finally help has arrived.
Thanks for your help JohnLocke.
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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:31 PM
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31. No problem.
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:13 PM
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42. Here's me
Must have answered the questions the same way.

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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:00 PM
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10. You Should Have Added More Categories
I am a centrist that leans left....


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dae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:31 PM
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11. I'm soleft my left-eye is dominant and I'm left-handed.
:dem:
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:37 PM
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13. I'm about where Kucinich is (except for a few issues)


...wherever that is lol.
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:59 PM
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20. Actually, Dennis doesn't really fit in any categories
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 06:01 PM by Kanary
He's just a champion of the people.

First, foremost, and always.

Kanary, waiting for my stalker to come along and dump here again.... :hi:
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:35 PM
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12. lefty- progressive
n/t
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arewethereyet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:50 PM
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15. centrist
find the middle, I'll be there
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:14 PM
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21. Actually the Democratic Party itself
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 06:15 PM by DaveSZ
is pretty centrist in terms of world politics.
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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:51 PM
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32. Centrist too
because I don't see anything leftist or radical about wanting a clean environment and a woman having the right to say what she will do with her own body.
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arewethereyet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:46 PM
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41. and most people agree ergo centrist
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:05 PM
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27. Left leaning centrist.
I'm in the middle but I lean to the left on most social issues.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:29 PM
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33. Left leaning moderate - Bill Clinton democrat
You didn't provide enough options in your poll.

Maybe give an example of people who you think occupy a position on spectrum?

Are you more of a ...

George W. Bush person

Bill Clinton person

Ralph Nader person

....anyone in between these?


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FeebMaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:31 PM
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34. Left vs Right?
What is this 1792?
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:32 PM
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35. No.
It's 2004.
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FeebMaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:34 PM
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36. Exactly. (nt)
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:41 PM
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37. Do you have a point? I'd love to hear it. Don't be shy.
Don't hint at it. Just say it.

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FeebMaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:01 PM
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38. I wish people in both parties
would understand that it's not about left vs right or Republicans vs Democrats but about freedom vs authoritarianism. Just look at DU. Pick a thread on anything from gun control, to the draft, to mandatory service requirements for high school graduation, to smoking, or the war in iraq/war on terror/war on drugs, or just about any hot issue. What do you find? There's no agreement on any issue. Basically you can go into any thread and see people arguing for liberty or arguing for more government control.

Right here at DU there are people who think that there should be no government regulation whatsoever of guns. There are also people who think that only the government should confiscate all guns from civilians. There are people who want to spend more money fighting the war on drugs. There are people who want to legalize all drugs. There are people who say the draft is slavery and there are people who think there should be mandatory national service for everyone.

While there is some overlap as far as which side people are going to take, generally, people who are for liberty on one issue are more than likely going to be for liberty on other issues. Authoritarians rarely just want to control you on their one pet issue.


It's not just DU or Democrats that are like this either. There are plenty of people in the Republican party who care just as much about liberty as the people in the Democratic party who care about liberty. Unfortunately, most of those people are stupid. They continue to vote for authoritarians in both parties and we all lose because of it.

I had a conclusion of some kind in mind, but this is getting long and no one cares anyway as long as Bush loses in November. In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrasts.
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:34 PM
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39. There are many axes that are valid, imho.
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 09:35 PM by Feanorcurufinwe
Left-Right, Freedom-Authoritarianism, Capitalism-Socialism, Atheist-Fundamentalist...

The world is multi-dimensional - and often paradoxical and contradictory.

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FeebMaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:36 PM
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40. Meanwhile
we lose more freedom everyday. The authoritarians are winning.
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leftbend Donating Member (196 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 12:07 AM
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43. Very bent
to the left.
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messiah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 12:22 AM
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44. I hope people know that "moderate" is not left
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 01:42 AM
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45. I consider myself a liberal
but not a leftist. I'm liberal on social issues, moderate on foreign policy (believe that force is needed at times but Iraq was definetely not justified), and left of center on economical issues (beliieve in free universal healthcare, etc etc), liberal on the environment...

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