SoCo, believe it or not, I do have a mind of my own. Just because I'm conservative doesn't mean that I was imprinted by someone. I haven't quoted Rush anywhere here. And stop throwing the "hate" card. Disagreeing with a political position isn't hate.
Your actions illustrate my point perfectly. Rather than produce facts (or refute them) and debate civilly, you're calling names, pigeonholing, spouting emotional rants, accusing people of intellectual dishonesty without evidence, launching into stereotypes, denying a person's ability to think for himself, and throwing trump cards like "hate" around. Personally, I've always been suspicious of people who attack fhe messenger instead of the message; it looks like an inability to compete in the realm of ideas. You haven't put any facts forward or substantiated anything you've said with anything but emotion. Political discourse ought to be more than that.
As far as Obama goes, if you study history there are two things that can't be ignored:
1) When a society elects a leader who runs on charisma and dodges scrutiny on his positions (or even attempts to destroy those who question him), bad things happen.
2) Nearly every brutal dictator and despot of the last century came from the LEFT, not the right. This list includes Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe, and Hugo Chavez, to name a few.
The difference between liberalism and conservatism is simple. Liberals believe that individuals should be limited for the good of the state. Conservatives believe that the state should be limited for the good of the individual. That's why human rights and personal liberty have traditionally suffered far worse onslaught from the left than from the right. If you doubt me, consider the fact that it was a Democrat who shipped over a hundred thousand Americans to prison camps during WWII solely because they were of Japanese ancestry. Jim Crow was a Democrat, too, as evidenced by people like Bull Connor and George Wallace.
Go ahead and vote for Obama -- that's your business. But as for me, I'm voting for freedom.
You paint a broad bush there pal. You are the one who is only able to think in black and white painting anyone who doesn't agree with your view as leftists on par with Pol Pot and Hitler. It's not as simple as you think it is friend. A person who is aware doesn't have such a myopic view. You say I don't proved any 'facts', but what you don't realized is anything provivded by me whether legitimate, rationale, grounded in reality, will be brushed aside by you with talking points you have probably been repeating for years. It would be an exercise in futility.
You are right we each have our right to vote and you will exercise yours as I do mine. Likely we will see Obama get elected and in a year, hell four years, we can enter this discussion again and see if we have lost our guns and hunting rights. I'm not worried about losing mine.