We’re not all exclusively liberal or conservative

Not everyone is exclusively “liberal” or exclusively “conservative.” Some of us fall into the middle range – probably a majority.

I get so tired of the use of labels. Their use is counterproductive.

Assigning a label to someone you disagree with is usually just a way to ignore their viewpoint.

I, unlike many of the faculty at NIU, am a fairly liberal person politically, but not exclusively. Some of my views are conservative, and some of them used to be conservative.

First, evidently it is a liberal stance to be against the subjugation of any subpopulation. Well, at least it used to be. Mr. Castellucci has recently informed me that since I am for the improvement of womens’ lives in Islamic cultures, I am now a conservative. Strange, I am not for U.S. involvement in their governments – does that bounce me back into the liberal fold?

Second, I have always thought the government should live within its means. Reagan thought so, but Clinton is the only one who balanced a budget since the 19th century. And now balanced budgets are out of style. The conservative movement has left me behind.

Briefly, not a one of us will agree with every word another person says, nor should we. Name calling and typecasting may sell ratings on Fox, make a living for Ann Coulter and Al Franken and give us a quick way to discount other’s political stances; but it really isn’t an effective tool for argument. It is an illogical distraction and the one reason I no longer get my news from TV. As far as news and commentary go, I am a “just the facts” kind of guy, and as soon as someone starts using labels pejoratively, I immediately discount their words.

J. B. Stephen

Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, NIU