[Teaser] DS: You don't really fit into either cookie cutter shape as far as democrat or republican. How would you described yourself politically?
EB: As a mutt, I suppose. The problem with labels is that others can easily find within them far more information than you mean to convey by them, particularly if they're looking for reasons to oppose you. The closest I've come to a label for my views is "left-wing libertarian", and that of course immediately causes those on the left who think that all libertarians think like Neal Boortz to tune me out, and it causes those on the right who react negatively to anything they regard as "liberal" to tune me out as well. One of the most annoying facets of modern political discourse - and I blame the rise of political talk radio largely for this - is the tendency on the part of so many people to think that by labeling a position they have refuted that position. They really do think that by saying "that's just liberal dogma" or "that's just right wing spin", they've defeated whatever argument their opponents are taking. It's quite irritating to me.
Ain't it the truth!
I'm a registered Dem who's favorite Ohio pol is jovial George Voinovich. Well, after my pops* that is. I'd say that FDR, Lincoln, Nixon and Slick Willie C are my favorite Presidents; though not necessarily in that order.
Gotta run. Work, she be a callin'.
* Michael Bains (nee Michael Nabakowski) I think that I've posted on how this came about before. I'll check the 'chives and, if not, I will.