Based on your responses, YOU are a…
Along with 14% of the public
Big surprise… I’m sure. Growing up five minutes from Berkeley, CA will do that to a person. @Foster is probably rolling his eyes as he reads this. Although my results were not surprising to me, it was nice to have verification that my assumptions were correct.
Nevertheless, lately I have really been struggling to define my political views. Socially liberal? Definitely. But financially liberal? That’s a whole other matter.
I have become increasingly frustated with the growing distance between Republican and Democrat. It seems to me that there is not a party that I feel adequately represents my position as a voter with what some might call moderate views. While I 100% support the liberal position on social issues like gay rights and abortion, I find myself edging towards a more moderate stance on fiscal responsibility.
So where are these voters supposed to go? I feel like we must choose which is more important between social values and economic issues just in order to cast a vote. There’s no “Best of both worlds.” I had a similar discussion this summer during my internship and most of my fellow interns agreed… the two parties are becoming too extreme. Not to mention that when there is such a strong divide among the political parties – a Republican House and a Democratic Senate – nothing gets accomplished either way. I know this is just the most cliche hippie dippy thing I could ever say, but can’t we all just be friends?
Maybe a restructuring of the two party system is in order? What are the benefits of a two party system? The downfalls? Thoughts?