Political name-calling is seriously getting in the way of a decent understanding of the issues at hand. It's far too easy to say "the democrats think" or "the conservatives are saying" and lump what is essentially half of all thinking people in the United States into one basic category or other. Sure, when you are looking at an issue from a global height, it does seem that opinions about things tend to fall neatly into one of two opposed categories. But in reality, this undermines the usefulness of discussing issues at all! If we take it for granted that any issue has two diametrically opposed sides, then we don't leave open the possibility of alternative perspectives that may yeild a great deal of insight from a third or fourth or fifth point of view. Even when issues seem to polarize people into two camps, the spectrum of opinion is almost always a continuum from the most extreme agreement to the most extreme disagreement with a particular view. It's useful to keep that in mind when it's so easy to point angry fingers at the people who are simply 'on the other side.' I think if people looked more closely, they'd see that there are not necessarily sides to things, rather continuous curves. We are always going to be some distance away from someone else on the curve, but that's not to suggest that the only way to bridge the gap is to switch sides. We need to get together on this model, I think.