Comparison

Basically the Conservatives (we will call them the right) and the Progressives (we will call them the left) say they want the same thing for America. The difference is the way they intend to get there.

The Right and Left represent about 15% of the population each. The rest of population about 70% believe about the same although there is a change about 5%+ or minus on each issue. These issues discussed in the chart are based on the broadest base. The research has been gathered from multiple sources and a broad spectrum. They represent idea and not all people believe everything.

Majority  – Providing and striving for excellence is always part of a plan bring government close to home as individuals look out for their town, neighborhoods and schools. Government runs best that is closest to the people it affects. When the people have control, excellence is demanded.

A major difference of ideology is in shown in Capitalism. History teaches that regulation is necessary because if unchecked GREED will overtake any corporation. Public/Private partnerships tip the balance since those corporations who are favored by the government gain advantage over private corporations.  Greed becomes the master.

The majority wants some regulation with a level playing field for all to compete.

“Tyranny of the majority” (or “tyranny of the masses”), used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, is a criticism of the scenario in which decisions made by a majority under that system would place that majority’s interests so far above a dissenting individual’s interest that the individual would be actively oppressed, just like the oppression by tyrants and despots.

Smaller Government follows the 10th amendment and grants more power to the states.

Left/ LIBERALS – believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all.  It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights.  Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need.  Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.

The Left believes in Strong Government control of everything through regulation.  History shows that this form of government provides mediocre services for all especially in Healthcare and Education.

Right /CONSERVATIVES – believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense.  Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.  Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

The Right believes that if the individual is educated, they will make the best choice and force excellence through competition. Each individual is in control and the market will provide products that the individuals demand.

The major differences are the ideology of 3 of the most important items which make up the foundation of America.

Left  10%

 Majority  70%

Right  10%

Individual liberties – Bill of Rights – NO  Individual liberties – Bill of Rights  Yes  Individual liberties – Bill of Rights  Yes 
Personal Property NO   Personal Property YES     Personal Property YES
Capitalism /Free MarketNO               Capitalism/ Free MarketYES Capitalism /Free MarketYES
Freedom for the Good of CollectiveIndividual Liberties

actively oppressed

Individual Freedom Individual is free to choose own destiny Individual Freedom Individual is free to choose own destiny
Rights  Granted by Gov’t Rights Granted by God Rights Granted by God
NO Individualism YES  Individualism Yes Individualism
World citizen Believe in
America
Believe in
America
American  is NOT Exceptional YES America is exceptional YES America is exceptional
Religion  Pagan in nature and has a deep support within the GAIA religion worshiping Mother Earth as the center of all. Religious expression has no place in the world. Man and nature are equal. Actually man is subservient to nature.
All reference to God in public and government spaces should be removed (eg., the Ten Commandments should not be displayed in Federal buildings).Religious expression has no place in government. Actually if they could there is no religious belief at all.
Religion The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution.  The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  This prevents the government from establishing a national church/denomination.  However, it does not prohibit God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings.
Symbols of Christian heritage should not be removed from public and government spaces (eg., the Ten Commandments should continue to be displayed in Federal buildings). Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.
Religion The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution.  The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  This prevents the government from establishing a national church/denomination.  However, it does not prohibit God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings.
Symbols of Christian heritage should not be removed from public and government spaces (eg., the Ten Commandments should continue to be displayed in Federal buildings).
Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.
Type of GovernmentCommunist/SocialistDictatorship

Choices are only what the Gov’t wants

Tyranny – Big Gov

Type of Government Most people have no idea what type of government America really is 

Want some government controls

Type of Government Representative RepublicPeople vote for Representative to carry their voice

Individual State Controlled Gov’t

Support Change through Confusion,Revolution,Chaos Support Change through elections Support Change through elections
Open Borders Closed borders Closed Borders
Support legal immigration.  Support blanket amnesty for those who enter the U.S.illegally (undocumented immigrants).  Also  believe that undocumented immigrants have a right to: — all educational and health benefits that citizens receive (financial aid, welfare, social security and medicaid), regardless of legal status.
– the same rights as American citizens. It is unfair to arrest millions of undocumented immigrants.
Support legal immigration only.  Oppose amnesty for those who enter the U.S.illegally (illegal immigrants).  Those who break the law by entering the U.S.illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally. The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country.  The Federal Government should secure the borders and enforce current immigration law. Support legal immigration only.  Oppose amnesty for those who enter the U.S.illegally (illegal immigrants).  Those who break the law by entering the U.S.illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally. The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country.  The Federal Government should secure the borders and enforce current immigration law.
Gun Control The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia (National Guard).  Government protects the citizens and therefore citizens do not need guns. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns. More guns mean more violence. Gun Control The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms.  Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws–additional laws will not lower gun crime rates.  What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime. Gun Control The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms.  Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws–additional laws will not lower gun crime rates.  What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.
Teach every language Very confusing English – Yes English – Yes
Bill of Rights No UN HUMAN RIGHTS Bill of Rights – Yes Bill of Rights – Yes
US Constitution Old Outdated must be altered. Follow UN Charter US Constitution – YES Follow US Constitution – YES Follow
Private Land NEVER Private Land ABSOLUTELY Private Land ABSOLUTELY
ANTI- Religion Yes – All religions Yes – All religions
Education Dumbed down mediocre Anti-American  Education Teach for excellence CHANGE the curriculum Education Teach for excellence CHANGE the curriculum
Education -  school vouchers & charter schools- Public schools are the best way to educate students.  Vouchers take money away from public schools.  Government should focus additional funds on existing public schools, raising teacher salaries and reducing class size. Education -  school vouchers & charter schools- Additional funds do not improve education. Only the curriculum does. Statistics show home schooled children have a superior education. Education -  school vouchers & charter schools-School vouchers create competition and therefore encourage schools to improve performance Vouchers will give all parents the right to choose good schools for their children, not just those who can afford private schools.
America From 1865 – Never show history America from the beginning America from the beginning
Take over America  – Divide and Conquer Class against ClassRace Against Race Unify America United We Stand Unify America United We Stand
Economy-  Level middle class wealth. Take your money, to give to others as long as you don’t  take theirs.A market system in which government regulates the economy is best.  Government must protect citizens from the greed of big business.  Unlike the private sector, the government is motivated by public interest.  Government regulation in all areas of the economy is needed to level the playing field. Capitalism, Free Enterprise with some regulation. The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.  Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs.  The Middle class is the largest employer in the world through small businesses. Capitalism, Free Market The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.  Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation
Public/private state controlled  corporations Individual corporations Individual corporations
Gov’t Healthcare Controlled by Gov’t 55% Individual39% Government Controlled by individual choice using independent carriers
Health Care – Support free or low-cost government controlled health care. There are millions of Americans who can’t afford health care and are deprived of this basic right.  Every American has a right to affordable health care.  The government should provide equal health care benefits for all, regardless of their ability to pay.  Healthcare is a right

Health Care – Support competitive, free market health care system.  All Americans have access to health care.  The debate is about who should pay for it.  Free and low-cost government-run programs (socialized medicine) result in higher costs and everyone receiving the same poor-quality health care.  Health care should remain privatized. The problem of uninsured individuals should be addressed and solved within the free market healthcare system–the government should not control healthcare. .  Healthcare is a privilege Health Care – Support competitive, free market health care system.  All Americans have access to health care.  The debate is about who should pay for it.  Free and low-cost government-run programs (socialized medicine) result in higher costs and everyone receiving the same poor-quality health care.  Health care should remain privatized. The problem of uninsured individuals should be addressed and solved within the free market healthcare system–the government should not control healthcare.Healthcare is a privilege 
The Social Security system should be protected at all costs.  Reduction in future benefits is not a reasonable option.  [Opinions vary on the extent of the current system's financial stability.] Social Security provides a safety net for the nation’s poor and needy.  Changing the system would cause a reduction in benefits and many people would suffer as a result. The Social Security system is in serious financial trouble.  Major changes to the current system are urgently needed.  In its current state, the Social Security system is not financially sustainable.  It will collapse if nothing is done to address the problems.  Many will suffer as a result.  Social Security must be made more efficient through privatization and/or allowing individuals to manage their own savings. The Social Security system is in serious financial trouble.  Major changes to the current system are urgently needed.  In its current state, the Social Security system is not financially sustainable.  It will collapse if nothing is done to address the problems.  Many will suffer as a result.  Social Security must be made more efficient through privatization and/or allowing individuals to manage their own savings.
Energy-Only solar and wind regardless of the cost or sense it makes.Oil is a depleting resource. Other sources of energy must be explored.  The gov’t must The government must produce a national plan for all energy resources and subsidize (partially pay for) alternative energy research and production. Support increased exploration of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.Support government control of gas and electric industries. Well rounded use everything plan. Do not sacrifice one at the expense of the other. Well rounded use everything plan. Do not sacrifice one at the expense of the other. Oil, gas and coal are all good sources of energy and are abundant in theU.S.  Oil drilling should be increased both on land and at sea.  Increased domestic production creates lower prices and less dependence on other countries for oil. Support increased production of nuclear energy.  Wind and solar sources will never provide plentiful, affordable sources of power. Support private ownership of gas and electric industries.
Natural Resources-Off limits only for the elite Use them with good common sense Use them with good common sense
Agriculture–over regulate to kill the market. Farm, do whatever is necessary to bring market back Farm, do whatever is necessary to bring market back
Fish –over regulate to kill the market, use phony data. Fish do whatever is necessary to bring market back Fish do whatever is necessary to bring market back
Court – Case Law in order to manipulate Follow the Constitution Follow the Constitution
Family – not important government knows best Up to individual Up to individual
Abortion – Pay with Federal money Pro Life – or no gov’t paid abortions Pro life
Marriage – Anyone Man and Woman Man and Woman
Housing- Government controlled Individual Individual
Sovereignty NO Open BordersAMERICA LAST Sovereignty YES Closed  BordersAMERICA First Sovereignty YES Closed  BordersAMERICA First
Middle Class -  Must be destroy Middle Class – the heart of America Middle Class – the heart of America
Individual wealth – Must destroy Individual wealth Important – the heart of America Individual wealth Important – the heart of America
Entitlements Gov’t controls everything. Entitlements  should be temporary – not permanent Entitlements should be temporary or not at all.
HUGE Gov’t controls everything Federal Small States control Federal Small States control
Critical Thinking, Logic reason – don’t think the government will control everything. Critical Thinking, Logic reason excellence Very Important, promotes individual excellence Critical Thinking, Logic reason excellence Very Important, promotes individual excellence
Science – Concept-Opinion, facts are not necessary OK to make up science to support project Fact Based Conclusions based on facts Fact Based Conclusions based on facts
Facts Lie – Ends justify the means, alter data to fit conclusion Facts Tell the truth Facts Lie – Ends justify the means
Humans Control Climate based on failed science Man does not control weather or climate and events happen. Man must be prepared. Sun, Water currents, Moon, Jet Stream control weather Man must be prepared.
High Taxes to pay for mediocre services. Lower Taxes to pay for individual services. High Taxes to pay for mediocre services.
Affirmative Action Due to prevalent racism in the past, minorities were deprived of the same education and employment opportunities as whites.  The government must work to make up for that. Affirmative Action Reverse-discrimination is not a solution for racism.Some individuals in society are racist, but American society as a whole is not.  Preferential treatment of certain races through affirmative action is wrong.

Every individual is presented with the same chances it is their choice to succeed or not.

Affirmative Action Individuals should be admitted to schools and hired for jobs based on their ability.  It is unfair to use race as a factor in the selection process.  Reverse-discrimination is not a solution for racism.Some individuals in society are racist, but American society as a whole is not.  Preferential treatment of certain races through affirmative action is wrong
Death Penalty The death penalty should be abolished.  It is inhumane and is ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment.  Imprisonment is the appropriate punishment for murder.  Every execution risks killing an innocent person. Death Penalty if the death penalty fits the crime in a court of law it should be used. Death Penalty The death penalty is a punishment that fits the crime of murder; it is neither ‘cruel’ nor ‘unusual.’  Executing a murderer is the appropriate punishment for taking an innocent life.
Gun Control The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia (National Guard).  Government protects the citizens and therefore citizens do not need guns. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns.More guns mean more violence. Gun Control The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms.  Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws–additional laws will not lower gun crime rates.  What is needed is enforcement of current laws.Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns.More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime. Gun Control The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms.  Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws–additional laws will not lower gun crime rates.  What is needed is enforcement of current laws.Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns.More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.
Airport security – Passenger profiling is wrong, period.  Selection of passengers for extra security screening should be random. Using other criteria (such as ethnicity) is discriminatory and offensive to Arabs and Muslims, who are generally innocent and law-abiding.Terrorists don’t fit a profile.  “…Arabs, Muslims and South Asians are no more likely than whites to be terrorists.” (American Civil Liberties Union ACLU)  Asked on 60 Minutes if a 70-year-old white woman from Vero Beach should receive the same level of scrutiny as a Muslim from Jersey City, President Obama’s Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said, “Basically, I would hope so.”

Airport security – Choosing passengers randomly for extra security searches is not effective.  Rather, profiling and intelligence data should be used to single out passengers for extra screening.  Those who do not meet the criteria for suspicion should not be subjected to intense screening. The terrorists currently posing a threat to the U.S.are primarily Islamic/Muslim men between the ages of 18 and 38.  Our resources should be focused on this group.  Profiling is good logical police work.“If people are offended (by profiling), that’s unfortunate, but I don’t think we can afford to take the risk that terrorism brings to us. They’ve wasted masses of resources on far too many people doing things that really don’t have a big payoff in terms of security.”- Northwestern University Aviation Expert A. Gellman.

Airport security – Choosing passengers randomly for extra security searches is not effective.  Rather, profiling and intelligence data should be used to single out passengers for extra screening.  Those who do not meet the criteria for suspicion should not be subjected to intense screening. The terrorists currently posing a threat to the U.S.are primarily Islamic/Muslim men between the ages of 18 and 38.  Our resources should be focused on this group.  Profiling is good logical police work.  “If people are offended (by profiling), that’s unfortunate, but I don’t think we can afford to take the risk that terrorism brings to us. They’ve wasted masses of resources on far too many people doing things that really don’t have a big payoff in terms of security.”- Northwestern University Aviation Expert A. Gellman.
The UN promotes peace and human rights.  The United Stateshas a moral and a legal obligation to support the United Nations (UN).  The U.S.should not act as a sovereign nation, but as one member of a world community.  The U.S.should submit its national interests to the greater good of the global community (as defined by the UN). The U.S.should defer to the UN in military/peacekeeping matters.The United Nations Charter gives the United Nations Security Council the power and responsibility to take collective action to maintain international peace and security. U.S.troops should submit to UN command. The UN has repeatedly failed in its essential mission to promote world peace and human rights.  The wars, genocide and human rights abuses taking place in many Human Rights Council member states (and the UN’s failure to stop them) prove this point.History shows that the United States, not the UN, is the global force for spreading freedom, prosperity, tolerance and peace.  The U.S.should never subvert its national interests to those of the UN.The U.S.should never place troops under UN control. U.S.military should always wear the U.S.military uniform, not that of UN peacekeepers.

[Opinions vary on whether the U.S.should withdraw from the UN.]

The UN has repeatedly failed in its essential mission to promote world peace and human rights.  The wars, genocide and human rights abuses taking place in many Human Rights Council member states (and the UN’s failure to stop them) prove this point.History shows that the United States, not the UN, is the global force for spreading freedom, prosperity, tolerance and peace.  The U.S.should never subvert its national interests to those of the UN.The U.S.should never place troops under UN control. U.S.military should always wear the U.S.military uniform, not that of UN peacekeepers.

[Opinions vary on whether the U.S.should withdraw from the UN.]

Global warming, not terrorism, poses the greatest threat to the U.S., according to Democrats in Congress.Terrorism is a result of arrogant U.S.foreign policy.Good diplomacy is the best way to deal with terrorism.  Relying on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.

Captured terrorists should be handled by law enforcement and tried in civilian courts.

Terrorism poses one of the greatest threats to the U.S.The world toward which the militant Islamists strive cannot peacefully co-exist with the Western world.  In the last decade, militant Islamists have repeatedly attacked Americans and American interests here and abroad.  Terrorists must be stopped and destroyed.The use of intelligence-gathering and military force are the best ways to defeat terrorism around the world.

Captured terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants and tried in military courts.

Terrorism poses one of the greatest threats to the U.S.The world toward which the militant Islamists strive cannot peacefully co-exist with the Western world.  In the last decade, militant Islamists have repeatedly attacked Americans and American interests here and abroad.  Terrorists must be stopped and destroyed.The use of intelligence-gathering and military force are the best ways to defeat terrorism around the world.

Captured terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants and tried in military courts.

 Note: The terms liberal and conservative have meant different things at different times. For an account of the historical meanings attached to these labels, see Wikipedia on Liberalism and Conservatism.