Jim, I do think that their are two, or more, schools of thought on each of those issues, the problem is that most conservatives have some issues that they are liberal on, and most liberals have issues where they land on the conservative side.Mark, your grasp of the obvious is outstanding and to a point I agree with you about the money. While the pols are for the most part full of shit on both sides, don't think for a minute that there isn't 2 main schools of thought on how the country should be run, by the population. Do you think the debate on taxes, guns, social security, abortion, military spending, education spending, welfare, illegal immigration, etc. etc. etc. is imaginary. The problem is once these fucks get elected, none of the things I've mentioned are meaningfully addressed. The overriding problem is "green" but don't fool yourself by saying there is no substance in these arguments. I guess ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NY TIMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, LA TIMES etc. x1000s pander to left-wing crackpots for their dollars......Hey....you may be right!!!
However these folks don't watch Fox, nor CNN. Or the rest of the venues you cite, all of which take on the political leanings of the folks that run them.
As Time magazine put it; "The nation is not divided into Red and Blue...the nation is purple."
And I'll bet you that you would describe me as liberal, and I'll bet you that my beliefs are far closer to the Founding Fathers than yours are.
But even they were full of shit, as were the heros of liberty before them.
For example you may have noted that a copy of the Magna Carta is to be auctioned. Charlemagne is noted as the first in the Dark Ages to lead men toward liberty.
........assuming one forgets that he beheaded anyone that refused to convert to Christianity. Thet was a lot of folks.
Joe you're not full of shit, and neither am I. We are no less full of shit that is everyone who agrees, or disagrees, with us.