At first glance it would appear I am diametrically opposed to the neocon's on this board political positions. I wouldn't vote for the republicans if they held my family hostage. Folks here who have read my posts know I am extremely liberal on social issues, and have made the conscious decision to vote against my economic interests in favor of my social positions.
I am voting for the candidate I feel the least antipathy towards. While I think this particular choice will be the best we've had in a long time (Obama or McCain), I still cannot get motivated by either one, and am forced to make my decision based upon "least bad vs. not least bad", more on party platforms than anything else.
Maybe in this age of complicated issues, and more complicated sets of individual circumstances, the two party system with its diametrical opposition and deep entrenchment thereof, has become an impediment to any real progress. I don't know if the solution is an increase in the number of parties participating (realistically participating, not relegated to the fringes), or a more parliamentary system.
I do urge the posters to not fall into the trap of thinking that folks of opposite position are inherently intellectually inferior, that is factually incorrect, and serves no purpose other than to deepen the rift. When confronted by an aggressively asserted opposite position, most people will retract into a more steadfast defense of their own position. In Aikido we say this is the linear defense to a linear attack, it is instinctual. I believe we need to step back and take a softer approach, state our positions in the manner of a slow dance, not the soundbite staccato of modern political intercourse, and allow for the concept of the honorable opponent, rather than the evil enemy, in our internecine affairs. We should rail against the Michael Moore's and the Ann Coulter's of of the world with equal vehemence since they represent an impediment to the type of discourse that will bring us toward mutual respect and progress.
I believe some of the neocons here, as evidenced by their many posts to be both intelligent and patriotic, I feel the same about myself and many of those who have espoused my side on things. I allow that we can be both intelligent and patriotic, and yet differ on the issues at hand.
I'll restate my position again to my overview of the state of politics in America. I would not be all that surprised to see one skull and bones club "OZ" behind the curtain controlling both the wicked witch of the D's and the wicked witch of the R's, immune from any retribution as we in the general public tilt at the straw man windmills he has set up for us.
I won't be getting on either the D ship or the R ship for fear of someone on the dock yelling to me on the gangway "it's a cookbook"!