I like to think of myself as a moderate centrist. I have some liberal views, I have some conservative views. I agree, or disagree, on various issues, with each of the major political parties, according to my thoughts on the matter, rather than the accepted party platform. My politics are pretty easy-going, actually. Look to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for guidance on tough issues; be lenient when others aren't being hurt; don't sweat the small stuff. I truly resent being dragged into debates over liberals versus conservatives; the left versus the right; Democrats versus Republicans. Let's be honest: neither extreme has very much good to recommend itself. The focus on narrowly-defined issues hurts this country far more than helping it. How many qualified, competent judges were denied confirmation or election because of their views on abortion? Far too many. How many federal programs with good intentions, such as Section 8 housing, have deteriorated to the point of corruption because of the inability of the government to focus on managing such programs rather than political in-fighting and bickering? You know, America is sick of this sort of thing. Americans vote Republican or Democrat for the same reason they are Protestant, Catholic or Jewish: because that's the way they were brought up. The reality is, most Americans don't care about the name of the party in control of the government. They care about jobs, education, health care, etc. Most Americans care about being left well enough alone to live their lives by their own choosing, and are more than willing to let others do the same. In these respects, most Americans are just like any other person on this planet. It is time that the far Right and the far Left got over themselves and turned their energy toward more productive things.