UPDATE: THE FOLLOWING IS A GROSS GENERALIZATION. I'M UPDATING, RATHER THAN DELETING, BECAUSE I DESERVE HITS WHEN I GET IT WRONG.
I'm a conservative Democrat.
Which always leads to the question, "Why does a conservative stay a Democrat?"
The answer is obvious. Because Democrats value diversity, in thought, background and opinion, and Republicans don't.
Proof? I've tried to post on both Democratic (predominantly liberal) and conservative (predominantly Republican) sites. And, I've tried to post identical diaries on both, from a conservative Democratic perspective.
Well, today I was kicked off redstate (by Moe Lane) for posting the following:
"I'm conservative, but a Democrat. I can't stand Bush. Never have, never will. As a Democrat, I'll always believe Bush cheated in 2000, and stole in 2004, and screwed up everything in between. (Many Republicans and conservatives would now agree with at least my third point.) But, the Congressional Democrats let him. The Congressional Democrats could have gotten rid of Bush two years ago, constitutionally. It's called impeachment. Pelosi and Bush expressly decided not to try, and forbid impeachment hearings."
On mydd, that statement was dissed. But, on redstate, I was censored:
"We have no interest in interacting with people who think that we are complicit in election fraud. Peddle your conspiracy theories elsewhere. Blam."
Hint to conservatives - - if you can't tolerate listening to diversity of opinion (or reality), you're doomed to permanent minority status.