Dana Sheets wrote:
Never discuss god or politics...
In the "Tough Issues" forum "Left" and "Right" and "Conservative" and "Liberal" and "Republican" and "Democrat" are being thrown around and illiciting much stronger responses than many conventional insults.
What is it about politics and tempers? Why does our dander rise so quickly when our social platform is put in the limelight?
This is one that I never could figure out. Perhaps it is because some folks feel threatened by the stereotyping of such labels that causes such extreme responses?
I mean, depending on the topic and situation I am a conservative liberal prochoice, prolife, pro gun non-gun owner who feels there are too many guns on the street and who also feels that the right to free speech shall not be abridged, but who also feela manners are essential.
Maybe it's the idea that when one calls someone a Democrat they mean a bunch of things that are stereotypically attached to the sobriquet - fiscal generosity (profligate spending), lack of support for national defense, etc. or a Republican - fiscal conservatism (read cutbacks for all social projects), strong national defense (warmongers), anti-freedom (see terrorism tribunals with no open trials allowed).
The above paragraph is NOT an expression of my beliefs, but some of the stereotypes I have observed being applied in other places to these labels. Please don't take it personally, readers.
All of these are loaded words and stereptypes and perhaps some folks don't like the idea of getting lumped into a group that they don't totally agree with.
I know that I don't agree with all of the ideas expressed in the above stereotypes - that's for certain!
So, maybe it's the person saying, "Hey! I'm ME - not some *&%$#^&% LABEL!!"
But I could be wrong, that's also possible.
Lee Darrow, C.Ht.