So I was talking to this guy in his 70's yesterday, and he claimed himself to be an independent. I think to myself, "great, this can be a nice discussion!". Boy, was I WRONG. A few lines into the conversation, I quickly realized he was far from independent when he started saying things like: "If you're liberal you're a socialist" "You can't be a capitalist if you consider yourself liberal" "Liberal whackjobs" Sorry dude, you're not an independent, you have CLEARLY chosen a side. Why don't people with clearly right wing views identify as conservatives? Do they just call themselves independents to drive everyone nuts? And I've noticed this to be on an increase, very rarely do I meet an "independent" who leans liberal. I don't get it.