Ideological And Practical

I am an ideological person.

Saying that one is an ideological person is another way of saying that they adhere firmly to principles, and so that's me.

I try not to be a fanatic, though, and I don't believe that I'm a tribally motivated person.  I think that makes a big difference in people, generally, in terms of contributing rational thought to our democracy.

A non-ideological liberal would be a person who doesn't know what liberalism actually is, but thinks they're a liberal, I suppose.

A person who generally wants to cooperate with (and recognizes the value of) their fellow Americans is simply a patriot, be they left, right or center.

A person who wants compromise for its own sake, and who believes in compromise as the solution to all problems...that person is just as radical of an ideologue as any dedicated Maoist or Ayn Rand devotee. That kind of fetish for compromise is what's known as "radical centrism," and this type of fanatic is especially dangerous, since they believe in the value of a sort of of routine dishonesty that comes from negotiating deals in between two opposing sides. It's like they're perpetually acting as double-agents, in a way.

Also, radical centrists come up with the worst technical solutions to big problems. Conservatives, out of principle, might refuse to use tax-payer money to build another bridge, and liberals, out of principle, might demand that tax-payer money be used to build another bridge.

Centrists will then negotiate against both sides for the worst of all worlds:  they will propose that a lot of tax-payer money be used to build half a bridge, that bridge-building corporations get a special tax break for building it, and that the government pass a law requiring ordinary people to pass over it, or pay a penalty.

Since I'm an ideological liberal, I can see that the principle of compromise amounts to half-a-bridge government in practice. Ideological conservatives can see that, too, which is why they refuse, generally speaking, to bother to compromise with ideological centrists. As it happens, that strategy is working pretty well for conservatives. Liberals haven't learned that lesson quite as well, which is why radical centrists are currently leading the Democratic Party --and our beloved country-- into ruin.