Posts tagged ideology

Independents vs. Moderates: What’s the Difference?
Independents and moderates are the two major groups that make up the center of the American electorate. But they are not synonymous.
For starters, “Independent” is a partisan identification (like Democrat or Republican), and “moderate” is an ideological label (like liberal or conservative). And while they track closely in income, education, religiosity, and a belief that everyone has the power to succeed, they diverge slightly on a few other demographic and attitudinal markers.
By better understanding the similarities and differences of moderate and Independent voters, politicians and pundits can gain a better picture of where these two groups overlap—and where they don’t.
For a deeper look at who, exactly, are “Obama Independents,” read our recent report: 2012 Showdown: The Battle for the Obama Independents.
This infographic appeared in the July 2012 Inside Politics Newsletter.

Independents vs. Moderates: What’s the Difference?

Independents and moderates are the two major groups that make up the center of the American electorate. But they are not synonymous.

For starters, “Independent” is a partisan identification (like Democrat or Republican), and “moderate” is an ideological label (like liberal or conservative). And while they track closely in income, education, religiosity, and a belief that everyone has the power to succeed, they diverge slightly on a few other demographic and attitudinal markers.

By better understanding the similarities and differences of moderate and Independent voters, politicians and pundits can gain a better picture of where these two groups overlap—and where they don’t.

For a deeper look at who, exactly, are “Obama Independents,” read our recent report: 2012 Showdown: The Battle for the Obama Independents.

This infographic appeared in the July 2012 Inside Politics Newsletter.

Republican alternate universe: where giving away care is free market, and buying health care is socialism.

Republican alternate universe: where giving away care is free market, and buying health care is socialism.

[to the liberal panelist] Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he [gesturing to the conservative panelist] gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS!

And [to the conservative panelist] with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America’s so starspangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. Two hundred seven sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

And you—sorority girl [college student asking the question during the lecture] yeah—just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period- EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about?! Yosemite?!!!

We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it; it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

[to the moderator] Enough?

~ Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom
Interesting how these bullet points line up perfectly with The 2012 Republican Platform:
GREED
HATE
FEAR

Interesting how these bullet points line up perfectly with The 2012 Republican Platform:

  • GREED
  • HATE
  • FEAR
In 2011, Republicans voted 31 times to undermine Clean Water Act protections, including votes to strip EPA of authority to set water quality standards and enforce limits on industrial discharges; to repeal EPA’s authority to stop mountaintop removal mining disposal; and to block EPA from protecting headwaters and wetlands that flow into navigable waters.
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, report, “The Anti-Environment Record of the U.S. House of Representatives 112th Congress.” (via climateadaptation)
This is completely unprecedented. Every aspect of [Mitt Romney’s] life story is in some way compromised. It’s not that he’s led a dishonorable life. But he’s led a remote and rarefied life, a life lived behind heavy doors and conducted in “quiet rooms,” as he famously said of the place where inequality is best discussed. It’s precisely in those quiet rooms where most Americans are ritually screwed, where decisions were made up through September 2008 that nearly destroyed the economy. That’s his America, and as he has shown with his unintended but brusque insults of working people, the folks in those quiet rooms don’t want to know the rest of us…

Michael Tomasky, at The Daily Beast/Newsweek

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Foul-mouthed liberty: Playing politics

So Republicans immediately claimed that Obama is going for a “power-grab” ahead of the election with today’s announcement his administration will stop deportations and begin granting work permits for some Dream Act-eligible students. I have no doubt that electoral timing has something to do with his announcement. To which I ask - who cares?

When Democrats make an announcement that is motivated by electoral timing, it tends to be something that expands rights. Republicans, on the other hand, make their announcements about policies which disenfranchise or otherwise limit certain groups. Suddenly, in the 11th hour Gov Rick Scott of Florida decides it’s okay to purge 180 thousand voters from the voting roles. Somehow this is justified in Republican eyes because they literally found FOUR cases of illegitimate voter registrations, but when Obama decides he wants to provide a legal path to citizenship to law abiding young people who are productive and live in this country through no fault of their own, instead of ripping families apart, that’s a “power grab.”

So again, I ask: who cares if Obama’s decision was timed to pick up the Hispanic vote? It’s a good thing. People will benefit tangibly. It is a tiny step toward making America more inclusive. That is a good thing.

Who wants to expand rights, and who wants to take them away? In the end, it’s really all that matters to me. Especially when I consider the Michigan “vagina” debacle yesterday and the fact that Republican men took away female politicians’ rights of speech as they tried to represent their constituents.

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Politics is about playing politics. We all know it. Who is playing for us?