I have no problem defining myself as a right winger. However, it is always good to be reminded that ignorance is not unique to the left.
For example, there is this self-described right winger that comments on MR (of all places!) that is nothing but a classic xenophobe (you can see his last display of stupidity here where he ironically calls himself ‘Gent’). That is the kind of guy who tries to hide his hatred for foreigners with faux economic issues. He could at least have some links in his sleeve and try some convoluted fallacy to justify his arguments but I think that is just above his pay grade.
No matter who that guys votes for, he is no ally. He is just an idiot.
Ignorance also knows no religious boundaries. Living here in Utah, I have a lot of Mormon friends and acquaintances. The large majority of Mormons are conservative and that is understandable: Mormon values are clearly associated with conservative principles.
However, there is a considerable minority of lefty Mormons as well. After talking about this with them in many occasions, I came to the conclusion that these people just don’t understand the real meaning of free will (refered as agency in the Mormon doctrine). They believe that helping the poor is a goal that is worth any means (i.e., pointing guns to people’s heads and forcing them to help).
Many religious people fall to this trap but to see Mormons doing it is particularly sad since one of their most important religious principles is that the difference between Jesus and Satan is that Jesus wanted to give us mortals the choice between good and evil, while Satan wanted to force his will upon all.
How could I not finish this with the way Obama handled Bin Laden’s killing?
This is somewhat of a flip side of the first two examples but it is valuable anyway. During the campaign one of the most concerning sides of Obama was his foreign policy: the good old internationalism that tries to make the US as inefficient as the UN. Not only that, his handling of the Libya situation was totally in tune with that philosophy (and you can see just how well it is working).
However, the big boss showed some big stones on the OBL operation. Not only he completely ignored the usual outside parties like UN, NATO, etc. (damn, he ignored Pakistan!), he decided to send troops to do the work the right way – no drones or rogue missiles. Obama was also clear and firm on dismissing any doubts about the ‘legality’ of killing OBL. To finish it up, he also made the right decision in not publishing the pictures of the corpse (too bad he didn’t have the same insight when the issue was Abu Ghraib…).
In any case, in this situation Obama basically did what any Republican would like him to do. Now, that is something to be appreciated.