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Most Americans are not conservative
Don't believe the mainstream media:

According to the Pew Center's extensive national survey, released well before this endless election got under way, roughly 70 percent of respondents believe that the government has a responsibility "to take care of people who can't take care of themselves." Two-thirds (66 percent)--including most of those who say they would prefer a smaller government (57 percent)--support government-funded health insurance for all citizens. Most also regard the nation's corporations as too powerful, while nearly two-thirds (65 percent) say corporate profits are too high--about the same number who say "labor unions are necessary to protect the working person" (68 percent). When it comes to the environment, a large majority (83 percent) back stricter laws and regulations, while 69 percent agree "we should put more emphasis on fuel conservation than on developing new oil supplies" and 60 percent say they would "be willing to pay higher prices in order to protect the environment."

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081117/alterman

Usually if people are asked if they are liberal or conservative they will say conservative a majority of the time because the word liberal has come to mean someone who is all permissive or anything. I prefer the term progressive because it indicates the believe that those who have more should also convey a greater support for our nation with a progressive tax system, but it also appeals to my inner technophile who is a great believer in technological progress and funding the sciences.

What do you think? Should we try to rehabilitate the term liberal towards its 60s definition, or should we leave that to that generation and stick with the newly popular "progressive" term to label those on the left?

straight out geekyness below:

The below quote also releases my inner geek, um it's Dilithium not lithium! I am kind of afraid to think about what exactly lithium crystals would do, hmmmm...

Obama quote:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/167755/page/6
"That's an interesting belt buckle," he said to Michelle, mischievously. She feigned offense and said, "I am interesting, next to you. Surprise, surprise, a blue suit, a white shirt and a tie." Obama grinned and bent down until he was almost at eye level with her waist. He jabbed a playful finger toward her belt buckle, and let loose his inner nerd. "The lithium crystals! Beam me up, Scotty!" Obama squeaked, laughing at his own lame joke as Michelle rolled her eyes.

OK guys, honestly, this is how much of a wimp I am, it has been days now and a tear still comes to my eyes when I see him on the cover of Time as our new president. Oy!
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