The Fence Sitters
I am amused by a group of self-proclaimed intellectuals, who consider themselves above and slightly detached from the fray of the current cultural war. This is mostly composed of centrists, center right, and libertarians. The progressives are pretty clear on where they stand...get George Bush out of office or they are leaving the country (As I've heard some say). Hmmm...a hidden incentive to assure George Bush gains reelection.
While I consider myself a conservative libertarian, having a discussion with a dyed-in-the-wool libertarian is enlightening at best and totally frustrating at worst. As far as I am concerned, libertarians, as a group, would do great in Siberia or Alaska with at least one mile between family groups. I subscribe strongly to the libertarian ideal of minimal government. I do not subscribe at all strongly to the distorted live-and-let-live mantra they govern their actions by. As long as you are not doing anything that would harm me, I won't bother you and I expect the same from you. Goodness, this is as utopian a view of human nature as you can get and does not take one ounce of consideration for the unintended consequences from the actions of persons or groups of persons that cannot be seen immediately. In short, they are bloody naive.
These are very strange times we live in. Every particular party or group has some extreme view of the future and the moderates or centrists have no clue what to do but to be seduced into following one of these radical groups, be they left, right, up, or down.