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People get very frustrated with me in political talks because I'm not a hardcore liberal and I'm not a hardcore conservative. I'm a centrist, a moderate, one of those most difficult voters to win over, not because I don't think about politics --- far from it! --- but because I am utterly distrustful of anyone --- anyone --- with an extreme view of the world. Bible-thumping abortion-clinic-bombing warmonger? Go take a few bottles of Prozac and leave me alone. Tree-hugging bleeding-heart vegan composter? Don't come back until you've learned how to use a fork and spoon.

So this stamp is for everybody left out by the political process, the people for whom a moderate stance is the result of careful thought and decision, not the indecision that the media wants to make it out to be.



(And for those who are curious, since I know you are, I'm a slightly-libertarian-leaning centrist; I'm slightly economically conservative and slightly socially liberal, but not a lot, and I have the test scores to prove it. I watch the evening news every day, read the newspaper regularly, and am one of the most informed people you'll meet, and I choose to dislike both George Bush and Al Gore. I think Al Franken and Rush Limbaugh are both nuts, and that the Sierra Club and Halliburton both have major problems. I respect a reasoned argument over an emotional argument every time, and, in short, I actually think with my brain.)
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skulls887 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   General Artist
this is so true.
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ryu238 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I try this position sometimes.
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deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL :iconkriscynical: IS cynical.

Yeah, I'm liberal but I think that liberalism can be taken too far. At times I just don't give a shit and wish people would stop whining. Personally I think that policies don't work because there are always EXCEPTIONS to the rules, handfuls of cases that need exempts or whatever. The thing is, it is always a bad idea to generalize, especially in politics, but people do it all the time. :/
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I got this screen name for a reason. About 15 years ago an internet friend of mine sent me a poem he'd found, saying "I thought it sounded nice and Kris cynical." It just kind of stuck after that. :XD:
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"I'm slightly economically conservative and slightly socially liberal, but not a lot, and I have the test scores to prove it. I watch the evening news every day, read the newspaper regularly, and am one of the most informed people you'll meet, and I choose to dislike both George Bush and Al Gore."

Good for you. Would you prefer a gold star or a cookie?

If people hate you in political discussions it's more than likely not because you're a moderate but rather because you apparently think you're smarter than them because you're a moderate. To imply that liberals and conservatives don't use their brains, read/watch the news, or keep themselves informed is less a sign of enlightenment and more a sign of not using that intelligence you seem to think is so special. Common sense should dictate that simply being liberal or conservative in your political opinions doesn't automatically make a person a hardcore extremist in either direction, nor does it mean they don't "think with their brains". You're a moderate because your opinions fall under that heading, not because you're smarter than anyone else.
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CrimsonHussar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Artist
Do I detect a hint of rage?
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A-S1y-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Omg, Finally someone who understands my pain! Our nation's constitution was created through compromise, not disagreement.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
...only moderates are capable of compromise?
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A-S1y-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
nah, you can be on either side... But all the parties involved have to work toward the same goal... I think our parties are working too much toward their own goals... "special interests" as the media calls it.
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Amaroq-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I love this stamp. I'm an Objectivist.
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