Not all "liberals" are far leftwingers
I consider myself to be fairly liberal, but I'm a little tired of all liberals and registered Democrats being painted with the same far-left brush. I registered as a Dem years ago, but I hate ALL politics and I'm really independent at this point.
I'm a THINKING liberal. I DO believe in the death penalty, provided we are absolutely certain that the right person was convicted. I believe that when someone commits a crime, they have shown that they don't want to abide by the rules of our society and therefore, they have waived some of their rights. Rights come with responsibilities.
I believe in reasonable background checks for gun owners and I don't think legitimate hunters need armor-piercing bullets; I hate that people use abortion as a method of birth control, but I believe that it should remain legal and medically safe if a woman chooses it; I don't care what the partnership of a gay/lesbian couple is called, but I think they should have legal rights regarding the relationship and property just as married couples do.
I have no objection to torturing terrorist prisoners in Guantanamo if it gets us needed intelligence info. Just someone please make sure that they're really terrorists and not random guys who were in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong name.
I can't STAND the ACLU -- most of what they support is just plain STUPID. They are as lacking in common sense as many of the groups they object to.
Okay, I feel better now. :)