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Re: I'm a libertarian
I can see the relationship in that the Taliban is an ultra-right wing of the theocratic conservative movement in the middle east and there are american conservatives that emulate their values. But it doesn't apply to all conservatives. The modern conservative is being defined by the "primary" conservative, which is hardcore in step with Taliban values. This is because their primary value motivations seem to be motivated by religion, rather than founding principles. However, that group in the US, just like there, is a tiny minority of the electorate... they just happen to be very loud and it's easy to create memes out of their remarks.
Originally Posted by Live2ride883
The problem is... we don't have two categories to choose from, but a spectrum. One is not a liberal or a conservative on every issue unless they're a simpleton, and even then there are varying degrees of opinion on what to do within those respective spectra. Every person has a perspective on every issue and lumping all conservatives with all right wing and ultra right wing fringe groups across the planet is a mistake.
I'm fairly conservative in that I don't want the government to have an opinion on anything that they're not lawfully required to. Unfortunately, this can come across as "liberal" on issues like the legalization of gay marriage and marijuana ... because if I'm the federal government, I don't care. Do whatever, neither are hurting anyone. If the official party line is a strong "f that" to both items, I have to question why it's okay to waste resources combating either thing while ******** about the deficit, etc.
I also don't believe in a bare bones government, but an optimized government. If we want to have public education funded by the states/federal government, lets do it... but lets not halfass it. Either make the best system in the world or give it up. Paying for 10% of what it needs is a waste of all 10% of those dollars. If the people mandate the government partake in steering of a project, then that project should be executed at a level deserving of the effort. If the people don't mandate a project, such as NSA spying on american citizens... then the government shouldn't be doing it. At all.
Do, or do not. There is no try.