Liberals who call themselves (or think they really are) moderates.
Seriously, it happens all too often that a liberal friend of mine (usually on Facebook) will argue with me about something I’ve posted and in the course of the debate they make the claim that aren’t liberal. No, of course not, if you asked them, they are moderate, or independent.
Why do they do this? It could be a number of things.
I suspect the main reason is they want to give the impression that they “listen to both sides” and come to an “unbiased conclusion” even though said conclusion is the left wing position virtually every single time.
This “I’m a moderate” argument is also used to attack my position, because I’m just an extremist right-winger who has some microchip in his brain taking orders from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck or whoever tops their list of Hated Icons on the Right.
Sometimes what happens is that these so-called moderates adopt a couple of conservative positions on select issues so they can claim their moderate status.
Of course, I know plenty of conservatives (or Republicans) who hold the “liberal” position on issues like abortion or gay marriage, but they don’t claim to be moderates.
So why are liberals running from the liberal brand?
You better believe I am a proud conservative. Some conservatives would call me a RINO because I still like George W. Bush, but I don’t use that an excuse to call myself a moderate.
My conservative positions are based on my own assessments on the issues, and it’s hardly shocking that someone with generally conservative values will have an overwhelmingly conservative platform.
I am tired of liberals who call themselves moderate in order to claim they’ve reach an objective conclusion on the issues while implying that I have not. The fact is that they still use the same talking points that unabashed hardcore liberals use on a daily basis that reasonable people laugh at.
I’d much rather debate a liberal who is willing to admit they are liberal. At least they have a little pride in their ridiculous positions on issues and don’t try to hide behind a label that they think will protect them in an honest debate.