Even if we woke up tomorrow in a world where Cats and dogs made love, pigs could fly and Ron Paul got elected, he would not get his 2.2 trillion plan through the houses. and it wouldnt be a democrat only brick wall either.
Yes, but your characterization of a right-wing party as "George Bush, tax slashing, military loving, church going Red guy, in favour of 'blood for oil policies' and letting the greedy rich get richer while the working man gets poorer ..." is nothing more than an absurd caricature.
As a pacifistic libertarian atheist, I want nothing to do with churches or the military. And I'm aware that nothing hurts the poor more than a state-controlled economy. If you really want to see a country where the greedy get richer while the working man gets poorer, just look at the history of Cuba.
Sinn Féin may try to characterize themselves as "left-wing," but they're also as authoritarian as they come.
Bush spent a lot more on social programmes hence one of the reasons why the US has such a deficit. The OP is just a cartoon of left and right based on something he once read in The Guardian.
again I am aware that my descriptions are ott stereotypes, the only question I am asking is whether you would rather live under extreme right and consrevative policies, or extreme left liberal policies
I'd happily live under "extreme" libertarian policies, because such policies would amount to "Leave people alone and let them get on with their lives without unwarranted government interference."
No, I would not want to live under extreme conservative or left-wing policies.
I'm not sure this thread deserves to live, but while it does, keep the flamebait and trench warfare to a minimum.
You can be extremely conservative and extremely liberal at the same time.
As a Centre-Libertarian, I would find both options unacceptable and spoil my vote.
Your choices are also somewhat simplistic, as you say there is a George Bush Right, but also a Ron Paul right.
From your simplistic view I find both equally objectionable.
But in your simplistic view, I would expect the Extreme Left version to win, indeed we have some of that for now ... though I support gay marriage (or at least civil unions).
So you can have Authoritarian-Left, Authoritarian Right. etc.
Needless to say Sinn Fein vs. George Bush Jr. would be prime examples respectively of them.
But you could always be Libertarian-Left, i.e. focusing on things like gay marriage/civil unions, drug legalisation, anti-war etc.
Or Authoritarian-Left i.e. focusing on looking for new ways to redistribute wealth and strange businesses with silly regulations etc.
That's hardly far left or right you're getting at. Far left is communism (Marxist-Leninism, Maoism, Trotskyism) and extreme social progressivism - gay marriage/adoption would only touch on the surface. You're talking about gender/race quotas, ultra political correctness and massive social engineering programmes aimed at making society more "equal".
In terms of the far right, well, remember the Nazi party? In a social sense, you're talking about extreme Social Darwinism brought into government policy (such as race-based eugenics), stripping the citizenship of racial minorities, moral religious ethnics becoming government policy. On the economic sphere, you're talking about state capitalism and corporatism - fascism, basically.
Both the far right and far left are pretty draconian and dystopic.
Irish people don't like parties with clear ideologies - it's best to say as little as possible. Like the PDs got loads of votes when it wasn't clear what they stood for beyond "progress", "democracy" and hating Charlie Haughey; they dropped to nothing once it became clear that they were libertarian right.
After careful consideration I will lean to the right!
Ultra left wouldn't work in Ireland because of the strength of the rural tradition here (farmers wouldn't want to give up their lands to the government) but I suppose ultra right would work because we're all bloody racists anyway.
I don't care for political labels. I would vote for a party that believed in pro-abortion, anti-military, complete separation of church from education, pro gay marriage and multiculturalism.
I imagine there's not many of those parties about back home
While I don't agree with the libertarian viewpoint, if we have to have some fom of extreme government it is the preferable option.