Or vice versa.
Like the title? I thought it was clever. :)
So this is sort of continuation of the posts "Lefty or Righty" and "Lefty or Righty Part II" in addition to some of the conversations I have had with the self admitted "lefties" and "righties" on other posts recently.
I really just honestly can not claim allegiance to either side. Really.
There are some ideas the conservatives hold that I agree with. Take the pro-life stance for instance. I am pro-life. If you base my political ideology on that issue and that issue alone, you would consider me a conservative.
However, most conservatives favor the death penalty. I do not favor it. Again, I am pro-"life." I think that killing anyone is wrong. So on that basis I can not be considered a true conservative.
As I have stated before, both camps have some really good ideas. But both sides also have some I ideas I could do without.
Most "righties" are adamant about making it illegal to burn the American flag. I think making it illegal takes away a person's right of free speech and free expression.
Most "lefties" lean toward an almost militant stance on protecting the environment. I think they sometimes take it too far and even sometimes use scare tactics to prove their side is right.
I consider myself a Christian. One would think this alone makes me a conservative. I disagree. Most evangelical Christian conservatives are vehemently anti-gay. They want nothing to do with them and preach hatred against them. I believe it is not my place to judge a homosexual based on what may or may not be a sin in the eyes of God. So while I agree with some of the theology and ideology of the Christian conservatives, I do not agree with them 100%.
I was once a card carrying member of the ACLU. One would think that this alone makes me a liberal. I disagree. The ACLU stands for civil liberty and personal freedom. So do I. But I do not agree with 100% of their philosophy. I support them because I agree with that they stand for overall.
I did not vote for Obama. I did not and do not trust the man to run our country. That puts me out of the good graces of the Democratic party and with most liberals.
I did not vote for McCain. I'm not sure where this puts me with the Republicans, I'm sure out of their good graces.
So putting it all together...
Am I a lefty....sure, sometimes....but no.
Am I a righty...sure, sometimes....but no.
This is why I claim neither political ideology (liberal/conservative) for my own. I have my own stance on the issues that fit neither sides mold completely.
So does this make me a moderate? Maybe. I'm not sure. Perhaps.
What are your thoughts?