Categories don’t capture political complexities

Conservative-liberal. Fascist-communist. These are examples of binary categories that don’t capture the true complexity of political thought that actually exists. To a fascist, Scott Herndon is liberal. But that doesn’t make him a liberal. To Scott Herndon, Jim Woodward seems liberal. But that doesn’t make him a liberal.

To a communist, both would seem fascist. Scott Herndon is certainly more extreme than Jim Woodward, and if you like the polarized and extreme state of our current politics, if you think conservative virtue signaling is more important than good governance, then you should support him.

But if you think people can be wrong without being evil, you favor limited government, fiscal responsibility and well thought out policy positions, you should support conservative Jim Woodward.

James Knobbs

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