August 04, 2010
I try to be what I am. But what should I say I am that I haven't already said?
As Dr. Helen's post reminded me, the left wing considers right-leaning libertarians like her (and like me) to be conservatives.
Which means I am considered a conservative by liberals. I could accept that if it ended there. I agree with conservatives about 80% of the time (as online tests confirm).
Yet that "minor" twenty percent disagreement can become awfully annoying at times. Disagreement on the social issues is considered fundamentally wrong by social conservatives, and there isn't any easy way to paper over that stubborn fact. And there are some loud and shrill conservatives I simply cannot stand, and I would never support them. (Some of them annoy me so much that even when I agree with them I hate it.)
So, just as there would be an honesty problem for me in saying "I am not a conservative," there is also a problem in my saying "I am a conservative." The difference is that in the latter case my argument will not be with liberals, but with conservatives.
Yet OTOH, to say "I am not a conservative" also invites trouble, for not only isn't it honest, but it sounds as if I am trying to cozy up to the left. Which I absolutely am not -- but which the speaker Dr. Helen mentions absolutely was:
He had to let the audience know, "I am not a Conservative" before discussing the decision, I guess just to make sure his colleagues knew he was in "their tribe."It gives me the creeps to feel as if I should belong to a tribe, and as I explained sarcastically here, I wish Americans didn't feel pressured to do it.
So where does that leave me? What do I call myself?
Here are a few options that come to mind:
It's easy to complain that it shouldn't matter what I call myself, but the point is that it does matter to some people.
It matters most to those who want to tell me what to do and what to think.
Annoying though they might be, perhaps I should be glad that they care.
posted by Eric on 08.04.10 at 10:12 PM
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