On it's face, the above statement seems to be true to fact. However, as I have been noting in a few previous posts, the Republican Party is abandoning it's true conservative base. But the Democratic Party is guilty of abandoning it's liberal base, as Naders performance in recent elections proves. Unfortunately, the level of political discourse in our country is on a level so low that everyone is now pigeonholed into one or the other. To the mass media Conservative = Republican and Liberal = Democrat. This merits further discussion.
One of the most bizarre examples (to me anyway) is the staunch opposition by "liberal" groups to private gun ownership. Funny that the word liberal is part of the word liberty. And usually that would not be associated with taking away the rights of the people as spelled out in the Constitution. Conversely, if you are on the other side of the gun debate, you are automatically branded a "conservative" or a supporter of the Republican Party. Keep an eye on this pigeonholing when hearing about it in the public discourse.
Another interesting issue that paints people into a corner is abortion. Supposedly, liberals are all for getting more individual rights for everyone. Everyone, that is, except for a viable fetus. Most hardcore liberals even voted against the partial birth abortion ban several years ago. How anyone could vote against this piece of legislation is beyond me, but those who did were almost exclusively Democrats, and most of them self described liberals. How is that liberal? That you could vote for a process that extracts an 8 or 9 month old viable human being and execute it does not sound very liberal to me for the fetus. As a matter of fact that is quite an authoritarian stance, wanting to let the state intrude upon the private affairs of a person. If you don't think an 8 or 9 month old fetus is a person, I guess there is not much I can do to change your mind.
I happen to believe that abortion is not a federal issue at all, rather an issue that is to be decided at the state level as the founders meant everything NOT in the Constitution was supposed to be. Note that your marriage license is issued by your state, not the US gummint. But because I favor overturning Roe v. Wade for ANY reason, those opposing this would immediately call me a conservative or Republican, just because I favor a true translation and implementation of the Constitution.
Liberals are supposed to be for more individual liberty - along with that, I would assume, would be that individuals could keep more of their own private property, i.e. money. Then why is it that the "liberals" in our government always fight tax cuts tooth and nail? To me that is not liberal at all, rather, again, an authoritarian view that is, to me, quite bizarre. We have seen what has happened when the free market has been regulated to death (Russia) and when government gets too much power (Germany).
I suppose this dead horse has been beaten quite enough for today, but as I watch the Sunday morning news shows my point is being made over and over again. Terms like right, conservative and republican are all lumped together to mean the same thing and terms like left, liberal and democrat have the same thing done to them. The level of political discourse in this country has sunk to the lowest levels I have ever seen, and the two party system is a joke. The American public isn't ready yet, but someday maybe a good third party candidate can make a good run at a big public office and make a dent. And help improve our political discourse.