Are you a conservative or a liberal?

  1. It's about 1:30 A.M. My one and only patient is safely sleeping with her happy little heart beating at 52 bpm (bp = stable).

    So . . . .

    I've been on vacation for the past week. My wife and I visited both "in-laws" in Florida. (The weather was wonderful, thank you!). My father and his wife live on the west coast. My wife's mother and step-dad lives on the east side. We enjoyed our "In-Law" vacation.

    Conversations were lively at times. Interestingly, conversations with my father tend to be a bit on the "liberal" side when we talk politics. Conversations with my mother-in-law tend to be a bit on the "conservative" side with regards to politics.

    I listen.

    In reading posts at good 'ol "" there can be the occasional "political flaming war" over certain subjects.

    Now's the time to share to the world your political orientation. (For some of you, it won't be your first time, and that's o.k.!)

    Are you a conservative?

    Are you a liberal?

    Are you somewhere inbetween?

    Be nice to each other! No name calling. Respect is key to a fruitful dialogue.

    But if this thread should get a little warm . . . . . . I mean, be nice to each other !

    Have fun!
  2. Poll: What is your political orientation?

    • Conervative

      9.84% 6
    • Conservative Republican

      22.95% 14
    • Conservative Democrat

      6.56% 4
    • Moderate

      8.20% 5
    • Moderate Republican

      6.56% 4
    • Moderate Democrat

      9.84% 6
    • Liberal

      8.20% 5
    • Liberal Republican

      4.92% 3
    • Liberal Democrat

      9.84% 6
    • Other

      13.11% 8
    61 Votes
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    About Ted, BSN, RN Pro

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  4. by   Ted
    I guess I call my self a "moderate democrat" although I'm really just moderate (registered democrat). By this, I mean that I try to look at both sides of the issue. No . . . I don't think being moderate is being "wishy washy" ! I'm very decisive by nature! I look at life as being more than just black and white. I feel it's important to at explore the MANY sides an issue may present, then make an imformed decision. . . especially with regards to politics. My biggest concern is that political thinking in this country has become TOO "black and white". . . and too "us and them". Our country is too colorful to think just "black and white" (and I'm not talking race issues here). . . too varied in cultures; too varied religious beliefs.

    I do have my "principles and values" to guide me, though. "People First" is a value from my christian upbringing as well as my nursing training. This "value" is almost always central in guiding my political decisions. Fiscal responsibility is also important. We can't spend what we don't have! Lately, security . . .national security has been on my mind. All these principles and values (and a few more) play a role in my political decisions.

    So . . . I'm a moderate.
    Last edit by Ted on May 24, '02
  5. by   2ndCareerRN
    Good group of choices, except that America's 3rd largest party is left out. Yep, that's right, no dot for Libertarian. A live and let live party that stresses individual liberty and personal responsibility, among other ideals. To learn more please visit here:

    And if you are unsure of your leanings, here is the worlds smallest political quiz:

    Even if you profess to be of other political leanings, everyone has a small part of every political ideal somewhere in their makeup. Although I am registered Republican, there are some Rep. ideals I find disgusting, and tend to embrace the Dem side...and vice/versa. I find it hard to believe anyone in this day and age that can embrace the ideals of just one political party.

  6. by   Ted
    Bob. Please accept my apologies for not including the Libertarian party. I guess my thinking was too black and white (republican and democrat) and didn't even think to consider parties like Libertarian, Socialists, Communists, Pro-Lifers, etc. . .

    I'm just starting polls to pass the time away. . .

    Again, please accept my apologies if your party of choice isn't listed. I'm really politically dumb.

  7. by   2ndCareerRN
    Don't worry about it, as you and I know, there are only two real political parties in the US.
    The rest try but can't break through to mainstream America.

  8. by   Ted
    Originally posted by 2ndCareerRN
    Don't worry about it, as you and I know, there are only two real political parties in the US.
    The rest try but can't break through to mainstream America.

    Sadly, that's very true.

  9. by   delirium
    Hmm, this is an interesting thread. I'm a registered Republican, although there are some republican ideals I can't really embrace, and some democratic views that I like.
    I call myself a liberal Republican, but I'm really not sure that's the correct label. I am liberal in personal/social issues, but conservative in government regulation issues. Basically, I feel like someone should be free to be themselves and not have a great deal of governmental influence or regulation in their day to day lives.
  10. by   kewlnurse
    I make Pat Buchanan look like a panty waisted liberal.
  11. by   mattsmom81
    There's an old saying that if you're young and are not liberal you have no heart, but if you're middle aged and not conservative, you have no pride.

    I guess I resemble that..raised in liberal democrat country (Minnesota) but have been staunchly conservative since my 30's when I saw how people who don't want to work get our money through 'the system'.

    I've worked hard all my life and am tired of the government doling out to groups of people who are 'takers', and/or have little respect for themselves....and that is how I see today's liberal democrat party....taxing and spending fearmongerers who are in the pockets of every little 'entitled' special interest group in the keep them dependent and afraid, so the party can keep their power.

    I want government bureaucracy out of my life as much as possible, and control of my retirement funds. If I had been investing my own social security funds I would be a millionaire by age 60; and the government probably will have bankrupted SS before I'm 70 and can use any of it.
  12. by   l.rae
    hi ted, well a lot of times it depends on which day you ask...i may vote again tomorrow..heehee! i've noticed a conservative leaning in the healthcare setting and i think it is because we see sooooo much of the 'i don't want to work but i want to spend your hard earned money' crowd. on a particular disgusting shift, i can ditto kewlnurse. i am disgusted with all the enableing our tax dollars do...and this usually comes from the more liberal side of the coin. just my thoughts...i like this thresd.....way to go ted!!!
  13. by   Figaro's Mom
    I registered as a Republican for the very first time this year (in New Mexico). Was raised in a Democratic household in Texas. I think Texas Democrats can be more conservative than some Republicans elsewhere, though!

    I guess this is what happens when you marry someone from New Hampshire ("Live Free or Die!") begin re-assessing your political views. Independent thought and bucking norms reigns supreme, at least with my Yankee in-laws. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
  14. by   Lausana
    I had to choose Conservative Republican...I'm pro-life, pro-family, NOT pro-it takes a villiage! I come from a pretty conservative family, but I'm not sure that's why I am. I know for sure if I had been leaning any other way, after the Clinton crap that sure would have made up my mind. Yikes:imbar I guess I was just raised to be responsible for my actions, that administration was a disappointing example of demacrats and I have a hard time putting my faith (or $) in people who feel they don't have to tell the truth, or their supporters. So I guess that cemented my conservative views.

    Yikes again, sorry that was kind of harsh, just my opinions though!

    Bob-I took the political quiz--it says I'm a Centerist?? hmmm.

    Good to see you back on the boards Ted-good topic!
  15. by   shay