I'm a moderate Republican, yet people on this forum routinely portray me as a fierce ideologue.
first up, that's because you love your role on mtf with every fiber of your being and play it like nobody else. so better stop complaining, people might tone it down a notch and you on the other hand might need to up the ante to keep the shrine shining.
and secondly, as many have stated before, american politics has moved to the right over the last couple of decades - which is something the rest of the world has not. think about it: there is no
party in the u.s. favoring universal health care. there is no
party in the u.s. favoring straight up gun control. there is no
party in the u.s. favoring straight up gay marriage. there is no
party in the u.s. favoring legalized marijuana. there is no
party in the u.s. favoring taxes for heavy polluters. there is no
party in the u.s. favoring straight up higher taxes on the very richest 1%. we could go on like this for some time.
now, all of those
points are taken care of by political parties outside the united states. so for someone inside the cocoon, yes, it might indeed seem like quite a contradiction to be labelled an ideologue. but for the rest of the planet, well, go figure. there is a extreme-right party and a centre-right-party in washington - period. that scenario is basically unheard of outside the states, which is why the reactions on mtf shouldn't surprise you that much.