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9-30-2011 @ 8:31AM
As a European , a Dutch citizen largely politically neutral person (I agree with both sides just as much as I disagree on certain topics), I find it interesting to read both the article but also the comments because it a) gives me some insight in the American political climate and even though this could (some might argue should?) be learned from other resources on the internet it does actually work for me because b) it goes to show how diverse the player base is and I find that culturally (anthropologically even) interesting.Then again, and this is NOT a critique, to me -and I might be mistaken- the whole American political landscape (extremists not considered) in general feels more "right" than our most "right-leaning" governing parties. In Holland Mr. Obama would be labelled a "rightwing extremist" by the majority of the mainly socialist or liberal Dutch demographic. I am not joking. My way of placing the article and it's theme in a broader context by giving an outsider's perspective might just make it more digestible for people who are personally offended by it? There is still hope for idealism ;)
9-30-2011 @ 2:32PM
The goalposts have moved over time. Many of Ronald Reagan's positions and policies are now considered leftward of his party. We won't even mention Goldwater.
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