(Moderator: Wasn't sure where exactly this would fit, so feel free to bounce it around until it finds a good home) It seems liberalism has become a lost cause. Rush and Bill's ratings are doing well, Ann Coulter has her popular book saying we control the media (even though you see a nice AOL Time Warner logo at end of CNN, and Microsoft blatently advertises its connections with NBC, and Fox is clearly swinging more on the conservative side of the tree, CBS doesn't seem to have its own news chnannel, just a network), the green party never wins, the Republicans now control the house and the senate, and every time I, a liberal, argues my case, it often feels like I am the only one doing so. Apparantly I'm a communist (taken from another board) because I want guns that are sold with the purpose of being used to kill another human being banned. Nancy Pelosi wants to be minority leader, and suddenly some people start going "Oh my God she's a liberal, from San Francisco even, run for your lives!" and yet the Republicans can pretty much just outvote everything they want. And don't forget those tree huggers. Those scary tree huggers. They want you to give up your big gas guzzling SUVs for cars that *gasp* get a higher MPG which not only will help reduce our demand for gas, but save you money because you'll be buying gas less often, and with this descresed demand, the "sacred" law of capitalism takes over and the gas prices go down, saving everyone (except the gas station people and our nice "friends" in the middle east) money. And don't forget those other bad things they're doing. They actually want the Earth to remain livable for years to come. Everyone knows that the economy is much more important. Besides the New Englanders and Canadians will probably thank us. I mean who doesn't like having Miami weather year round. The SPF 95 sunscreen and breathing masks are just minor inconviences. And if a few homes go under water because of melting ice caps, ah nothing that bad. They could just move farther inland, oh wait there are already tons of houses there! Oh yes there are a couple of issues which seem to be conflicting with the Republicans party normally conservative/libertarian ideology. First is that of abortion. Wouldn't most libertarians and conservatives not want the government to control people's rights to choose and make their own choices? Second is legalization. Not only have the Republicans ignored their ideology on this issue, but they haven't even thought of the buisness oppurtunities. I mean now we have a bigger hemp industry, meaning more jobs for the people. We need people to work the factories that make the cigarettes. New companies will be formed and compete to sell Marijuana. I don't know but it's a crazy world out there.