I'm pretty sure that during my time on this site that I have had both left and right wing folks praising what I have to say when I take the time to say it. So long as it suited them anyway. That's not stroking myself, it means my identity doesn't revolve around politics. I don't even need to bring politics into it when talking about the Donald. His personality and characteristics (over time) have done plenty of talking for him. He campaigned on more glorious ideals than Bernie Sanders, yet now we see no follow-through? Which is unfortunate because his follow-through should be ace by now considering how much golf he is playing. (jokes don't count as opinions)
I am fed the fuck up with people basing their identity on politics! Some call it identity politics and it's pretty cancerous in the long run. Well, it's cancerous to me because I choose to study both right and left media. I have moderate political beliefs. It is getting to the point where moderate folks have to pick a side or be deemed as the opposition. I am legitimately seeing totalitarianism from both the far left and far right!
Let me talk about Antifa for a sec. I won't make a political statement in support or opposition, I will just tell you what I have seen from Antifa. Fascism is bad and any sensible person should probably get on board with that. When you start expanding the umbrella that covers who is a fascist or not and resort to punching people that attend a "free speech" rally at a university... Don't you think that kinda becomes fascist in itself? You are trying to control free speech with your free speech!!! This is a cycle that only benefits a few in the long run.
I love counter protests, but dislike violence. Call it unrealistic if you want. Call it Kumbaya bullshit if you want. All I can do is call out the bullshit where I see bullshit and most of that bullshit stems from hypocrisy. Don't pretend to value free speech when actively trying to stop free speech. I can say that for both sides with zero bias because I guess that's the sort of time we live in.
The modern political climate can somewhat be summed up like this:
An eye for an eye versus 2 wrongs don't make a right.
Think about it...
Edit: I would just like to say that my roommate is a conservative protestant and I'm and Atheist Liberal. We never fight and we prefer to discuss why we have come to our conclusions rather than point fingers. It's a great arrangement to be honest! That couldn't happen if we weren't both moderate in our beliefs. Is moderation just a nice word for being too pussy to pick a side? Perhaps its just being sensible... All I know is both sides are wearing me thin with their generalizations and I'm beginning to feel like a rare breed of sane human being.