Archive for the ‘Politics’ category

The Political Compass

August 3, 2009

I did the Progressive Quiz a while back, but here’s my result from a more inclusive test:

The Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: -5.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.51

That’s how I would describe myself, mostly liberal with a chance of libertarianism. Good to know my picture of myself matches up with reality.

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The South SHALL rise (cause it can’t fall much lower)

August 3, 2009

Every time I complain about living down here, H assures me that there are the same sort of people who drive me crazy everywhere. I offer proof that, yes there are assholes and morons everywhere, but there are undeniably more of them near us:

Hat tip to Krugman

Disappointment, thy name is Mike

July 30, 2009

Tom Tomorrow:

if Democrats do manage to blow this opportunity, at this particular moment in time, then there’s no longer any room for debate: apart from providing a half-assed bulwark against the ever-increasing lunacy of the right, they’re entirely useless.

I’m damned close to this point of view myself.

more progressive than a young, latino, progressive, liberal democrat, Obama voting female (woohoo!)

March 12, 2009

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/03/progressive_quiz.html

My score: 323. Not sure when I became such a pinko. I definitely had libertarian leanings in high school, mostly due to R.A. Heinlein’s influence. Apparently reading actual political commentary instead of exclusively SF, and expanding my worldview beyond the Upper East side, swayed me.

I’ve labeled myself as a fairly moderate democrat in recent years, but I guess my idea of the middle is way off.

December 2, 2008

I was kinda bothered by how, in the aftermath of the election, all anyone was talking about was the racial barrier that “we’d” (just over half of us!!!) overcome. I’m guessing it’s a generational thing (I’m twixt GenX and GenY/Millenials), but the question of race had nothing to do with my vote for Obama and I find it more than a bit disappointing that anyone’s did. We shouldn’t collectively pat ourselves on the back for entering a postracial world while we’re talking about nothing but race for a week straight. I’m not saying African-Americans (or whites who were active in the civil rights movement) didn’t have cause for celebration, but I prefer Jon Stewart’s take: the change that Obama really represents is having a President who treats us like adults. If Obama keeps doing that, I’ll be much more forgiving when I disagree with his policies.

Unrelated point, though it occured to me b/c the last sentence made me think about Obama’s choice of Hillary for Sec. State: is Colin Powell going to have a role in this administration?

This area can’t get marginalized quickly enough for me.

November 11, 2008

For South, a Waning Hold on Politics

Don Dollar, the administrative assistant at City Hall, said bitterly that anyone not upset with Mr. Obama’s victory should seek religious forgiveness.

“This is a community that’s supposed to be filled with a bunch of Christian folks,” he said. “If they’re not disappointed, they need to be at the altar.”

Customers of Bill Pennington, a barber whose downtown shop is decorated with hunting and fishing trophies, were “scared because they heard he had a Muslim background,” Mr. Pennington said over the country music on the radio. “Over and over again I heard that.”

Mr. Obama remains an unknown quantity in this corner of the South, and there are deep worries about the changes he will bring.

“I am concerned,” Gail McDaniel, who owns a cosmetics business, said in the parking lot of the Shop and Save. “The abortion thing bothers me. Same-sex marriage.”

“I think there are going to be outbreaks from blacks,” she added. “From where I’m from, this is going to give them the right to be more aggressive.”

I’ll steal the words of The Animals:

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do

Gobama!

November 4, 2008

Here’s hoping I won’t regret getting swept up by ‘bama. Obviously, it’s an historic night.  Here’s what’s been going through my head: