America: a land of liberals, governed by conservatives?
Strangely, I tend to think of it as a land of conservatives. For I find it very difficult indeed to perceive many liberals there.
No, I don’t mean support or not for abortion, balanced budgets or not, all those things that are usually taken as being the dividing lines. Rather, I find it very difficult to see any of them as liberals.
In the classical sense of live and let live. I might not like what you’re doing but given that you’re a consenting adult then my like or not of it, assuming you’re not harming anyone else, has no relevance.
The so called liberals are just as intolerant of difference as the so called conservatives in my experience. There are certainly myriad ideological tribes one can belong to over there but they do like you to conform to the rules of whatever tribe it is. It’s in this sense that I mean that they’re conservative, not liberal.
Just an impression mind but one that’s fairly strong with me.