If you are a conservative or a liberal, what do you want members of the other group to know about your beliefs or values?
I’m not most of the things I keep hearing that liberals are, and neither are most liberals I know.I’m not a pacifist ‡ bear in mind, FDR and JFK got us into major wars. My Dad served. We respect our troops. We just strongly suspect we could cut 10% of the military budget—stealth bombers that don’t work, for instance—and spend the money on something more useful. We are really, really sick of being called unpatriotic whenever we express any doubts about any aspect of military spending, military adventures, or military policies.I’m not anti-religious. Religion and liberalism go just fine together ‡ the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. ring any bells? I AM, however, a member of a minority religion, so I get really pissed off when people try to sneak Christianity into my kids‡ school. Kindly knock that s*t off.I’m not in favor of “open borders.” That’s a fringe belief. I can’t think of an elected official or even a serious candidate in either major party who holds it. I do want legal immigration to be a lot easier and have much higher volume, b/c we need immigrants‡ energy and grit in our national psyche. Also, I’d rather control illegal immigration by prosecuting employers, than by throwing little kids in cages without their mothers.I don’t love killing babies. I just don’t think it’s reasonable to call 1st-trimester embryos babies, and I don’t want severely ill women to have to go to court to prove that they and their doctor are right that they need a late-term abortion.I’m not anti-capitalism. I stand with Teddy Roosevelt: capitalism degenerates into rapacious monopolies unless strongly regulated. I am 100% anti rapacious monopolies.I’m not anti-entrepreneur. I’m a small businessman. Most of my clients are small businessmen. You know what hurts small businesses? Cartels. You know what the natural enemy of cartels is? Government regulation. Yes, government can be and often is stupid or even captured by cartels and weaponized against small businesses. But it’s the only game in town, and I study Supreme Court opinions enough to know that when the GOP talks about business-friendly, it usually means BIG-business friendly. Your workers and their unions aren’t your enemy, mega-corporations are. Entrepreneurs who vote Republican are slitting their own throat.Relatedly, I’m not anti-fossil fuels because I’m mean, stupid, or trying to crush the economy. I’m anti-fossil fuels because I know enough about how science works to know that when that many scientists panic, there is zero chance they’re wrong. If you don’t care enough about your children’s continued lives to help solve the problem, please at least stay the hell out of the way.I’m not anti-gun. I’m a big-city boy myself, but I can see why someone living outside the city could need a firearm or two. I just want y’all to stop preventing us from regulating carry and possession in more crowded areas. A licensing system like they have in Israel would be ideal.I don’t want a world government. For one thing, the Muslim bloc would get my religion outlawed so fast my head would spin. That said, no country, not even us, can succeed without allies. And since we’re going to have to share the world with other countries forever, let’s look for win-win solutions instead of bullying everyone.I don’t hate white people. (Heck, I am white people. Except some white people don’t think so.) Racial fairness is not a zero-sum game. But black people still suffer from past and present discrimination, so we should try to help with that. Relatedly, crime is at an all-time low, we can afford to rein in the police some to prevent abuse. Long past time for that.I don’t want to take your hard-earned money and give it to layabouts. I’ve had too many disabled friends on welfare, though, not to worry for them. And the number of hoops we make them jump through to prove they’re not frauds, is disgraceful, and incredibly disproportionate to the amount of fraud in the system. Put another way, I worry a lot more about people suffering and dying, than about occasionally getting ripped off to a minor extent.