These days it's hard to miss the 'us vs. them' mindset within the US. But whereas in past years I was content to generally let it lie, today I feel this is another taboo that needs a little shattering.
We're sitting in a legacy of the past eight years and patriotism to the point of stupidity in the wake of 9/11. The conservatives have generally not been content to let the issues lie, but rather elected their monkey once into office (and 'elect' is a highly debatable term), and then they were stupid enough to buy the party line again. To be fair, it's not like the Dems gave them a real run four years ago, unlike today.
The conservative bent has seemed to get dumber and more in your face as the months have rolled on. Pushing their blithering ignorance like Creation Science up to including a museum, and edging into politics and privacy with the Patriot Act.
I never really bothered to think this way 10+ years ago, but the country has changed, and it's pushed me to change. For lack of a better term I've felt compelled to move to militant liberalism, or at least aggressive liberalism. Want to debate morality with me out of your crumbling old book, or try to explain how Creation Science is correct in any way? I'll match you act for act, standing right in your face these days to debate. Want to play your hard edge righteousness? Bring that crap right here.
No, I have to say I have no issues with bringing up politics or religion these days, and believe me I don't just do it from the safety of my desktop. The time to be silent or tactful on a lot of this stuff is long past. I'm sorry to have to say that, but I just don't see an alternative now.