liberal or conservative?

As someone who takes a number of surveys to make money, one of the questions I am often asked is whether I am Liberal or conservative and another asks if I am Republican or Democrat.  I don’t know about anyone else but those questions drive me crazy!  It is easy to answer in some cases, depending upon what the survey is about, but to chose one or the other is essentially choosing a side in a battle when neither side is right.
When it comes to politics, choosing Republican or Democrat can lock us into the policies of that point of view but often we might agree with a bit of both as far as what the particular stand might be on an issue.  I have always felt that Nixon was not that bad as a President but during Watergate, he tried to lie to protect his political party rather than telling the truth about what he knew or did not know.  I have begun to notice more choices in surveys as to Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green Party and so on as far as choices but when it comes to Presidential debates, we are often presented with only candidates from those two parties which leaves us often choosing the lessor of two evils rather than giving us a choice of alternatives.  We were really never given a chance to hear alternatives to both  For example, Gary Johnson ran on a platform which advocated abolishing the IRS and several other government programs but we were never able to hear how he planned on doing that so that we could decide whether that was feasible or not and whether that would be a liberal or conservative approach to government.  When we must chose between liberal and conservative, Democrat or Republican, we are forced to take a position which may support some things we believe in but at the same time, we are forced to endorse things we may disagree with completely were we to know all the facts and we end up doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results, and that seldom if ever works.

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