Again, I don't get to vote. The advantage to that is that I don't have/get/need to choose. The other advantage is that by staying on the outside I think I see things without the slant; I am not sure of that, I just think so.
I have not had TV in over 20 years; I get my news from the radio, mostly NPR and from the Internet. I don't even know what most politicians and celebrities look like.
I was raised first in a country that in some ways resembles the US, but with a way more decentralized government, more business friendly, yet safety nets for those who need it. Most everyone there seems to care about the environment. No wars, but they like to be prepared. Plenty of things I don't like about Switzerland too, by the way.
Next I was raised in a country that before my time swung to the far right ( although fascism is beyond either side really) then swung so far to the left that only the rich and those with government connections got to move ahead and do any kind of business. Corruption still runs rampant in Italy today. Berlusconi....don't get me started!
My only argument on this thread was that both extremes, particularly if loaded with offensive language, put downs and assumptions - hurt us. When the right does that there are many legitimately vociferous people that call them on it. When the left does it, it's ok because they are right in their views. I object to that. I also object to have been pigeon holed and unfairly cast off as a right winger, which I am not. Then fear tactics to get me to get off the fence. You want me to say that while both parties are bad, the right is worse. I have probably argued more in my life against right wingers than I have left wingers. I have been attacked more viciously by the left, as the polarizing is getting worse. I am not the one in this thread that has made assumptions; I do believe that both parties are succeeding in demonizing the other and I have been a recipient of that here, without even belonging to the "other" party. There is something wrong with that.