I've always voted Democratic. I've always identified far more with left-wing views than right-wing views. And now despite the fact that I fear that Bush is fiscally insane and leading us all down the road to financial ruin by overspending, I may well vote for him in the coming election. Why?
This piece by Paul Berman spells it out almost miraculously well. It is an amazing piece on the real betrayers of the left. I find it difficult to even quote from it because it is all just so great, but I'll pick one point at random:
The left doesn't see because a lot of people, in their good-hearted effort to respect cultural differences, have concluded that Arabs must for inscrutable reasons of their own like to live under grotesque dictatorships and are not really capable of anything else, or won't be ready to do so for another five hundred years, and Arab liberals should be regarded as somehow inauthentic. Which is to say, a lot of people, swept along by their own high-minded principles of cultural tolerance, have ended up clinging to attitudes that can only be regarded as racist against Arabs. [Dissent]
Read the whole thing. Really.