With all the screaming and fighting going on between the Conservative talking-heads, since John McCain has jumped way into the lead for the Republican nomination, I’m beginning to wonder if so-called Conservatives are really conservative or if they really understand what a Conservative is. Or, for that matter if I’m a conservative, a liberal or something else.
Searching for that answer, I took the “How Liberal or Conservative Are You” quiz at Blog Things and here’s what it told me:
***Your Political Profile:***
Overall: 70% Conservative, 30% Liberal
Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Well I guess no one’s perfect but ethically, as you can see, I’m more of a liberal than a conservative and I’ll tell you exactly why that is. On the abortion question I am pro-choice and on the gay marriage issue, I’m for it! Does that make me an immoral person? Perhaps! But it also makes me a person who understands that neither the government or any other institution has the right to step in and negate any person’s personal choices. Unfortunately, today’s Conservatives think that interference in a person’s choices is perfectly OK — and here’s the rational: Its because they feel that their morals are right and your morals are wrong — unless, that is, your morals match theirs.
So what does that actually makes me? Perhaps a Libertarian?
The core Libertarian belief is that individuals have the right to conduct their lives in any way they choose as long they do not interfere with another person’s rights or property. Government, under the Libertarian belief system, should be limited to National defense and settling disputes between jurisdictions; everything else should be privatized.
With this in mind, I took the Libertarian Purity Test by Bryan Caplan and scored a 75 — which means I am “a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so.”
Well I guess I don’t fit any preformed molds and, actually, that makes me feel good! I’ve never been a joiner and I’m a terrible follower and I haven’t changed.