Middle age male with kids and trying to strengthen my career (realizing how incredibly fortunate it is to even have a job these days) is who I am. listening to a little talk radio and watching the news a little, talking about political and economic issues with friends and co-workers is part of a normal week. I did some college and was raised in an average middle class family going to public schools and had my first job at age 14. I consider myself your average guy in America who is middle-of-the-road-leaning-right politically. My main concerns are the economy for the short term and building a better America for the long term.
The following are my views of both sides:
Left: Nanny states, green freaks, anti-corporate, anti-rich, anti-military, pro-welfare and socialism, and anti-competition (every one wins equally and no one is allowed to lose).
Right: Everyone for themselves, the Old boy club, the rich should get richer and the poor should remain out of sight, profit above all else, pro-war, pro-religion and anti-personal freedom (if it upsets other members of the Country club).
That's the way I see the extremes of both sides and while there are definitely people who fit either description, I think the vast majority has a little of both and lean a little one way or the other based on their particular station in life at the moment.
I'd like to hear how others view both sides.