> You’re not paying very close attention to my posts, and so you’re misunderstanding my views and positions. In the abstract, the closest way to define my political views would be “left-wing free-market anarchism.” In the actual world that I have to navigate pragmatically, however, I am supporting Hillary over Trump. Both parties want big government. I just happen to think the Democrats’ brand of European socialist big government is morally preferable to the Republicans racist, authoritarian jingoism form of big government.
You sound like me when I was in my 20s. I’m 67 years old now. Back then I thought that I was a “liberal - libertarian.” Talk about an oxymoron! I thought that “liberal” was cool because it made you look like a member of intellectual elite. Then I started working in the real world and found out what liberalism was all about, at the least the way it was in the 1980s and '90s.
Liberals classify people by race and gender and then set up regulations and quotas in the name of “fairness.” These classifications and rules never go away, even if the perceived inequities are corrected, because liberals divide people into political constituencies. They cultivate blocks of voters that give them support, no matter how corrupt the liberal practitioners are. Hillary Clinton is a prime of example of the totally corrupt, incompetent liberal politician. She is a cancer on the body politic, and if I were a liberal I’d be looking for way to jettison her foundation and her whole family from the leadership of my political party.
Today liberalism has morphed into full blown socialism complete with property rights seizures and income redistribution. It regulates, taxes and spends, primarily for the financial benefit of the politicians who run it and the people who support them. Then it throws a few crumbs to the people liberals claim they want to help. The old Soviet Union worked the same way.
> When you and I say we oppose “big government” we mean completely different things. To me, your nationalism, and the oppressive immigration and social policies you seem to favor, are among the most odious possible forms of “big government” imaginable.
Yea, I wash and iron my KKK sheets every day so that they will be nice and bright. :thatsfunny:
All I have advocated is that the laws that on the books with respect to immigration are enforced. Immigration should be an orderly process in which undesirable people (criminals, the insane and especially terrorists and big time drug dealers) are kept out of the country. People who over stay their visas should be asked to return their home country. Those are the laws that nearly all of the countries in the world enforce. Just try and overstay your visa in Mexico and see what happens to you.
For that you say I advocate “oppressive immigration and social policies.” I guess for you any enforcement of immigration laws is “oppressive.” You are one of those “free thinkers” who believes that nations should have no borders at all. People should be free to come into a country, take advantage of the social services from the most generous country, vote for their leadership, and then leave to live off of someone else’s generosity when that country goes bankrupt. That is just a load of crap. Don’t you care about people who work and save and live by the rules? Those people are backbone of a civil society.
One more bright idea that you came up with was that we should go to Black Lives Matter tell them that we, as conservatives, are their allies for “smaller government.” For them “smaller government” translates into less police protection for the minority neighborhoods according to you.
Back in the 1960s there was joke for people who didn’t like police, “The next time you are in trouble, call a hippie.” For you there is another joke, “The next time you are in trouble, call a gangbanger.”