My Political Profile: Nonconformist!

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.

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4 thoughts on “My Political Profile: Nonconformist!

  1. I guess its because most people have a need to belong somewhere — they long for the comfort and security of a group (and the label that goes with it) and, in order to get that security, they accept and defend the attitudes and opinions of that group.

    Thanks for reading and commenting Erik.

  2. I have taken many different political tests, and the results are different depending on the test. On one test, I am a libertarian, on another test,I am a democrat,centrist,etc.I am wondering if these “tests” are biased in some way, or if I don’t really know where I stand on some issues.

    • Or, maybe I am a biased test taker? I can usually see through tests such as these , and find myself, even when I’m a little divided in my opinion ,will choose the more liberal answer.

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