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Old 06-22-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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So I been watching the massachusettes forum for awhile now (check my join date.) And I've notice over that time treads, where people are either looking for liberal towns or conservative towns in Massachusetts.
Now I'm not currently looking to move to a particular type of town or anything.
But let me ask you guys. Are there towns for Moderates? Or perhaps towns that are mixed with liberals and conservatives living as neighbors?
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:18 PM
 
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Well, in the 2004 elections, the state went 60% for Kerry, 40% for Bush. I hardly think that's a liberal landslide.
I don't think there are towns that are extremely either way, really. Maybe I've lived here too long to see it, but I think people could be comfortable in any town with any reasonable convictions. Cambridge used to be an exception (to an absurd degree- all that "charming diversity" under rent control- idiocy. So glad Cambridge voted to stay out of El Salvador, etc.) but now there's so much money and high real estate washing around Cambridge, I think it's gotten more moderate. Money has a way of doing that.
"A conservative is a liberal who signs a mortgage."
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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Funny--I know a lot of liberals with mortgages. I'm one, in fact.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Well, in the 2004 elections, the state went 60% for Kerry, 40% for Bush. I hardly think that's a liberal landslide.
I don't think there are towns that are extremely either way, really. Maybe I've lived here too long to see it, but I think people could be comfortable in any town with any reasonable convictions. Cambridge used to be an exception (to an absurd degree- all that "charming diversity" under rent control- idiocy. So glad Cambridge voted to stay out of El Salvador, etc.) but now there's so much money and high real estate washing around Cambridge, I think it's gotten more moderate. Money has a way of doing that.
"A conservative is a liberal who signs a mortgage."
what cambridge are you talking about? moderate...

Money doesn't make a conservative anywhere in Mass, in fact, sometimes despite logic it seems the opposite.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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Working hard + low taxes + personal responsibility + limited government intervention = conservatism
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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Well, in the 2004 elections, the state went 60% for Kerry, 40% for Bush. I hardly think that's a liberal landslide.
I don't think there are towns that are extremely either way, really. Maybe I've lived here too long to see it, but I think people could be comfortable in any town with any reasonable convictions. Cambridge used to be an exception (to an absurd degree- all that "charming diversity" under rent control- idiocy. So glad Cambridge voted to stay out of El Salvador, etc.) but now there's so much money and high real estate washing around Cambridge, I think it's gotten more moderate. Money has a way of doing that.
"A conservative is a liberal who signs a mortgage."
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Funny--I know a lot of liberals with mortgages. I'm one, in fact.
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what cambridge are you talking about? moderate...

Money doesn't make a conservative anywhere in Mass, in fact, sometimes despite logic it seems the opposite.
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Working hard + low taxes + personal responsibility + limited government intervention = conservatism


Guys. Let us stay on point.

What towns (if any ) do you know or think are moderate towns?
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Looking for a moderate town is like looking for a clothing store that caters to people of average height--being in the middle just isn't very noteworthy. I'd bet there isn't one city or town in this commonwealth that doesn't have at least one conservative and one liberal, so every town has liberals and conservatives living next to each other as neighbors. As much as these boards might make you think otherwise, most people are mature enough to treat their neighbors with respect even if they may vehemently disagree with one or all of their political views. Sure, there may be the occasional pocket of liberal or conservative intolerance, but that's something that will be far more localized than the town level.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:12 AM
 
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Looking for a moderate town is like looking for a clothing store that caters to people of average height--being in the middle just isn't very noteworthy. I'd bet there isn't one city or town in this commonwealth that doesn't have at least one conservative and one liberal, so every town has liberals and conservatives living next to each other as neighbors. As much as these boards might make you think otherwise, most people are mature enough to treat their neighbors with respect even if they may vehemently disagree with one or all of their political views. Sure, there may be the occasional pocket of liberal or conservative intolerance, but that's something that will be far more localized than the town level.

Great post Jay.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:31 AM
 
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Agreed. It's simplistic to think that all towns can be labelled according to political leanings. It's far more complicated than that--it's quite common, for example, for one spouse to be democrat and the other republican. We humans are a crazy bunch.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Sure, there may be the occasional pocket of liberal or conservative intolerance
Like the People's Republic of Cambridge?
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