I'm in my 50's and have voted democratic all my life. I have read liberal publications and books for the past 30 years. i can't listen to a right wing show for more than 5 minutes w/o changing the channel. Yet, my experience on another liberal radio show message board and being banned now makes me question whether liberalism has morphed into something I can't follow anymore.
Here are some of my experiences. If you criticize Obama for anything, I was called a righty and racist. I questioned why there were so many Wall Streeters in his administration and it was ignored, but not without being attacked personally. Where are the proscecutions for the Banksters-there were plenty in the S+L failures? I bring up points from PBS shows like Bill Moyers and Frontline that show the administration in a less than rosy light, nobody actually watches the shows before attacking me as a righty. I bring up Sen. Schumer voting for the repeal of Glass-Steagall and all I got was it was the republicans fault. I bring up Jonathan Haidt's book The Righteous Mind after I saw him on Bill Moyers and asked for an effort to understand the conservative mind and was vilified. Their star college professor on the message board told me he didn't need to read the book-he just dismissed the book from the critics he read.
I always tried to make reasoned arguements and never used foul language or personal attacks, but I was dismissed and attacked with obscenities, vile and venom. Basically I saw these 'liberals' exhibiting the same behavior as they accused the tea party of. They truly believe college should be free and college loans should be forgiven. They truly believe all people should have houses and all mortgages should be forgiven. They called me jealous when i questioned whether my neighbor mail carrier should be making the $87K/year he claims and that maybe $40K/year with benefits would be appropriate for a manual job with limited skill requirements and education. They are unable to use the words 'personal' and 'responsibility' in the same sentence. They truly believe in a money tree-they make no effort to figure out a way to pay for any programs other than tax the rich. These 'liberals' won't admit it, but they are acting like moral hazard in America is dead. Since Wall Street ignored moral hazard, they want their payback regardless of the 'oppressed' responsibility for their situation. You lied on your loan-no problem. You walk away from your house because it's underwater-don't dare send me a 1099 for the balance even though it happens on every other type of loan. Sure, nobody held a gun to my head when I signed that student loan but it should be forgiven because Wall Street is evil. Of course, the stupid law that didn't allow student loans to be discharged in BK should be changed, but there should be no loan forgiveness. The rich and Wall Street don't play by the rules so why should I? Meanwhile, everyone who plays by the rules just watched in disgust as their tax money goes to bailouts for those who didn't play by the rules. I say just admit moral hazard is dead and we should all act like it's the anything goes Wild West. Get anything you can anyway you can. These 'liberals' are stuck in their own Fox News type of echo chamber and have no interest in trying to work things out in this destructive polarized country we now find ourselves it. How's that repubs and demos hating each other working out for you?
Now I admire the Danes, Dutch and the Swedes for their economic systems. But unless Americans are willing to raise taxes to those levels, it won't work here. I wish it was still times of govt plenty, but it's not. And it may never change or at least take years to remedy. I'm sorry everything has to be cut back in these times, but it's reality. Since it appears there will never be any clawback for the money that was stolen, we have to make to with less in these times.
Help me out-was the other message board an aberration? Or has my age and life experience changed me from a flaming impractical liberal to a cautious, progressive independent?