I'd never had my personal perspective derisively dismissed as lefty, leftist, liberal, or "libtard" until I moved to the United States. I'd never actually even considered it as such. I've always assumed myself, relative to the people around me and the world at large, to be pretty politically moderate. Then again, I was never assigned a team until I moved to the United States. Left - Right. Democrat - Republican. Us - Them. Me - You. With us - Against us. It's like every conversation takes place on the well-worn turf of a sports field. And the moment one sees I might be wearing different colours, their curiosity about where I'm coming from fades. Because they think they already know.