We are obsessed with labels. Sometimes labels can serve a very useful purpose, but at other times they just get in the way. How...why have we become like this?
When I was a kid in the last century I remember there were Ford guys and there were Chevy guys, and the two would never mix. Each felt they were always right, and the other side was always wrong. Fast forward and today we have rock-solid Lexus guys and Mercedes guys.
Wine: Aristocrats (wannabe or actual) always chose French wines. California wines were unthinkable. Labels rule!
Style: Neiman Marcus vs Saks Fifth Avenue has now deteriorated to Walmart vs Target. Labels rule!
And of course, philosophy. We Americans seem hopelessly wed to our labels of either Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, capitalist or socialist. Labels rule!
Today there are a few new caveats, however. A new subset of voters is based on race or gender or sexual preference. A female candidate will pull in many more than the usual number of female voters. A black candidate will get the black vote. An LGBT candidate will likely get the LGBT vote. Labels rule!
As President Nixon was boarding his helicopter to leave Washington back in 1974, there were still 24% of the American people (mostly hard-core Republicans) who supported him. Labels rule!
Currently a vast majority of Republicans (but only 35% +/- of the population) feels President Trump is doing a great job. Labels rule!
Listen up knuckleheads: LABELS ARE STUPID! We're being played. It's a public relations game. The PR guys can regurgitate on demand all the "facts" that support their point of view, and just conveniently omit those pesky facts that don't. And if they don't have any facts to support their position, they just make some up. Why do you think Snopes exists?
Democrats need to understand that Republicans CAN have some good ideas, and vice versa. Capitalism is great, except when it's hijacked by greed. Socialism is IMO generally flawed, but can also give us some incredibly useful programs, like public financing of schools, and (some would argue) Social Security and Medicare.
Learn to think for yourself, because if you let someone else think for you, they will own you. And there's a label for that, too.