The people in charge do not want crossover voting. They want blind loyalty as a result of wedge issues. "YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE IF THE OTHER GUY GETS IN HE IS GOING TO BLAH BLAH BLAH." We vote for the guy to protect our issue, then forget about what he is really doing once he gets in. And that is the way they want it.
We are being played. And it isn't going to change.
Originally Posted by WarCry
The problem is, you're using the political-right's definition of a liberal.
Liberal means that you're in the "live and let live" category. The reason guns come into it is because some see it as a way to not "live and let live" but rather "make you do what I want." I disagree with that view, but it's what a lot see.
Gay rights. Right to choose. These are things that LIBERALS are saying the government should stay out of, while the CONSERVATIVE, small-government types are trying to legislate away. And, yes, liberals do believe in social programs to help those who need help. But the GOAL (granted, it's a failing system right not) isn't to make people dependent on the government, it's to give a safety net until they get back on their feet.
For MOST people - politicians or not, liberal or conservative - guns just ARE NOT that big of an issue. If all else was equal, that might be the deciding vote. Obviously there's not going to be that many that agree with me on this point, since this is a GUN FORUM, but the truth is, it's a pretty fringe issue that doesn't enter into most peoples thoughts when voting.
Anyone wants some political pointers? Here it is:
For those on the RIGHT: Change your platform to support marriage equality and support the legalization (and regulation, like alcohol) of marijuana.
For those on the LEFT: Support programs like drug-screenings for welfare and ID requirements for voting (and make non-drivers' license IDs free).
Those changes to party platforms would generate MASSIVE amounts of cross-over voting.
"Rats aren't creepy, experimenting on them IS." Emilie Autumn.
For too long people have said "screw NY, IL, etc" or "that'll never happen here." Yes, it will eventually. If we dont start standing up together now, it will never stop.-ilgunguygt