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UPDATE: Michael Charney's conservative response to the below.

 

"I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative."
 
I hear that so often, I’m tempted to say "Who isn't?” before the speaker adds: “That’s why I hate politics,” or "That's why I feel like I have no political home."
 
The self-ascribed label is often used to set the speaker apart from society, and yet, especially in younger and more urban demographics, it has become the norm. This is not a kumbaya essay, this is a wake-the-heck-up essay because if you describe yourself this way, you have NO REASON to feel disenfranchised or disconnected. There are countless avenues for you to participate and have impact on our country’s future whether as a third party member, a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent. 
 
Let’s examine the assumptions often implied in that statement:
  • There is no room for a socially liberal person in the Republican party.
  • There is no room for a fiscally conservative person in the Democratic party, and
  • I can’t have impact outside the two-party system

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