Liberal or Conservative

If you listen to liberal or conservative commentators exclusively, you may think there’s only one correct point of view, and the other end of the political spectrum is populated by wackos, evil schemers, and fools. It’s comfortable to think that truth resides exclusively on your side of the divide—but let’s try a mental experiment. Let’s assume that most people, whatever their politics, sincerely believe in their ideals, and that those ideals aren’t all misguided. Let’s look across the chasm and try to see what those other people are thinking.

[Note: Not all liberals and conservatives would agree with every tenet listed here—but these are the beliefs that generally define the two groups.]

The basic problem is that the hard liberal elite believe that they must impose their way of thinking regardless of what you think. They are right period. Everything done is with the motivation of money and power. Everything has an ulterior motive.  They use emotion and propaganda to achieve their end.  They often put programs in place without requiring logic, reason, and fact. Rarely is the cost feature or the ramification of jobs lost  considered.

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On the social safety net

The liberal view

• There are people in this world who need help. They struggle to put food on the table, or can’t afford medical care—and many of them live in theUnited States. A civilized society would try to help them, instead of leaving them to fend for themselves. (Someday, the one who needs a helping hand may be you, or someone you love. All it takes is a serious illness, an injury, a lay-off, or a death in the family.)

The conservative view

• People are responsible for themselves—and, given the chance, they’re capable of supporting themselves and their families. If the government makes a practice of providing for people (with welfare, for example), they become weak and dependent, and lose their will to work. Nothing could be more destructive to the health of our society.

On wealth, taxes, and the role of government

The conservative view

• Government should serve the people—not the other way around.

• “That government is best which governs least.” In business, this means letting the free market (the most efficient economic system ever devised) generate wealth without a heavy hand trying to direct it.

• Governments tend to grow like snowballs rolling downhill. We must work to reverse this trend, or the government will expand and intrude on our lives even more than it does now.

• “A rising tide lifts all boats.” When we allow the most dynamic, successful members of society to do what they do best, they create jobs and general prosperity. In other words, lowering taxes benefits everyone. The best way to improve America’s standard of living is to let people pursue their own goals, and reduce the bureaucratic obstacles that stand in their way.

• The legitimate functions of our national government are to provide security through a strong defense and to protect freedom for the individual, so that people can pursue their own goals.

• Private property means that what belongs to you is yours; if the government confiscates your property, that’s tyranny. Our most productive citizens—the top 10% of earners—already pay 68% of the tax revenues collected. These rates should be cut, not raised.

• No one has an obligation to help a stranger involuntarily. Charity should be a personal decision. Encouraging voluntary giving would be better for America’s soul than seizing our money against our will, for purposes we don’t approve of.

The liberal view

• The proper function of government is to solve problems: to reduce poverty, protect civil rights and civil liberties, keep us safe from preventable harm, and, as much as possible, ensure that all Americans have an equal chance to succeed.

• We aren’t isolated individuals, struggling for survival: we live together, in a society. Ignoring the problems around us is a narrow-minded way to live. A society in which everyone has enough is better than a society where some are rich and others starve.

• There isn’t enough charity to take care of everyone who needs it; therefore, government has an important role to play. The alternative is letting people go hungry, homeless, or without medical care, and that’s not acceptable in a country with as much wealth as ours.

• The vast difference in income and lifestyle between the wealthiest and the poorest in our society is damaging the social fabric. We wouldn’t tolerate an America where 1% lived in luxury while 99% couldn’t feed their families; but America today comes closer to that than we’ve ever come before. (Today, the richest 1% earn 24% of the income in the U.S., and the top 20% own 85% of the wealth.) Membership in a society that makes wealth possible comes with obligations. Those who benefit most from our freedoms must contribute their fair share to help those who haven’t been as fortunate.

• The rising tide analogy is misleading. While poorer Americans have made very modest gains since the 1970s, income inequality has surged. The richest fifth’s income has grown at a rate eleven times greater than the poorest fifth’s, and the proportion of families living below the official poverty line has stayed in the 12-15% range.

• Large corporations, if unregulated, will do whatever they think will maximize profits, even if that wreaks havoc on the environment or on the welfare of ordinary citizens. Even the most courageous individual can’t prevent or stop corporate abuses; only the government has the power to do that.

• If the government can help create job opportunities during a time of high unemployment (as it did during the Great Depression), that’s a perfect use of tax dollars.

On war and defense

The liberal view

• War means violence against innocent people, death and injury to young soldiers, and more pain and suffering than the news ever shows. We’re too quick to use our armed forces.

The conservative view

• There are violent people in this world, who hate this country and mean us harm. We have a right and a responsibility to defend ourselves. This is true on the national level, and on the personal level. If someone wants to keep a gun in the house to defend against intruders, that’s his or her right, and it’s guaranteed by our Constitution.

On families

The conservative view

• The family is the primary unit of society, and a sacred institution. People don’t have the right to define the word family any way they please, and to demand legal recognition for their personal preference.

• Officially recognizing a same-sex relationship as a marriage violates the moral and religious beliefs of millions of Americans.

The liberal view

• Not every family resembles the traditional model. Many include only one parent; others have two parents of the same gender. These are families, too, and deserve the same respect and recognition that traditional families receive.

• Sexual orientation is inborn, not a sinful choice. When heterosexual people get to know gay coworkers and neighbors, they usually learn to accept this, and move beyond anti-gay prejudice.

• Many families are under stress as never before, due to divorce, unemployment, financial strains, and disabilities. Instead of paying lip service to family values, our society needs to help families that are struggling.

On immigration

The liberal view

• Unless you’re a Native American, your ancestors came from somewhere else. As much as possible, we should welcome immigrants, who come here to escape poverty and oppression, instead of treating them like criminals.

The conservative view

• Past generations of immigrants came here legally; most present immigrants broke the law by entering the U.S., and therefore don’t have the right to be here, let alone to use social services that the rest of us have to pay for.

• There aren’t enough jobs in the U.S.for our legal citizens. Much as we might like to welcome newcomers, we have to draw the line somewhere. We must secure our borders.

On the environment

The conservative view

• The earth is ours to use responsibly. Some people make a religion out of preserving wild lands, but they don’t realize how much of the earth remains untouched. We’re nowhere near using it up.

• When clean energy can compete with fossil fuels in the marketplace—i.e., when it becomes affordable—then it may be widely adopted. Forcing people to pay a premium for “environmentally correct” energy is the wrong way to go.

The liberal view

• Our health, and our children’s, depend on the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. The environment is infinitely precious—and it’s not infinitely capable of healing itself. We need to protect our air and water from pollution, and to preserve unspoiled wilderness from thoughtless development.

• The challenge of global warming presents us with an opportunity: by investing in clean energy technology (as China already has done), we can prevent the worst consequences of climate change and reinvigorate our economy.

On overcoming racism

The liberal view

• The difference in income between white people and African-Americans is still significant, and directly linked to centuries of oppression. We haven’t overcome the legacy of slavery yet. Even if we can point to successful individuals, there’s still a long way to go. Any time a liberal can not answer a question or remark, they call their opponent racists. The race card is used to divide the populace.

The conservative view

• Past injustices are in the past. Current law protects equal rights for all races, and it’s up to individuals to work hard and succeed according to their abilities. There is no longer a need to tip the balance in minorities’ favor to make up for what happened long ago. To do so is reverse discrimination, and creates new injustices.

On women

The conservative view

• Women are biologically different from men. To pretend otherwise is a mistake. Of course women should be free to pursue careers if they wish—but they should also be respected for choosing to take on the traditional roles of wife, mother, and homemaker.

The liberal view

• Women deserve the same rights and opportunities that society grants to men. We’ve made progress, but when it comes to income and representation in elected offices, equality is still far off.

On prayer in schools

The liberal view

• Not everyone in every classroom has the same religious beliefs. Forcing every child to say the same prayer, or any prayer at all, amounts to coercion. Our Founding Fathers were careful to protect the religious freedom of minorities by making religion a private matter, separate from government. God represents morality. Once people are no longer moral, anything can happen.

The conservative view

• The Founding Fathers were not atheists. To forbid as innocent and commendable an act as praying in school for fear of offending a small number of people goes beyond separation of church and state, into the realm of suppressing religion. God represents morality.

Religion
Conservatives: Our Founding Fathers promoted prayers in school and more important in Congress.   The purpose was to have morality in government. On the other hand the government was never to interfere with the Church by making one religion a Country wide religion.    The founders felt that as long as man worshiped he will make the right and moral.
Liberal:  Agenda 21 is a pagan agenda calling for Mother Earth to supersede God.  A Godless society is not moral and will look to the government rather then themselves for help.                                                       Read More>>>

On abortion

The conservative view

• Life begins at conception. No matter how inconvenient the pregnancy is for the mother, killing the unborn child is murder. If she can’t raise the child herself, adoption is the ethical alternative.

• Young people need to understand that sex is how people reproduce, and if they’re not ready to have babies, they shouldn’t have sex. Those who seek pleasure irresponsibly will eventually have to face the consequences.

The liberal view

• What begins at conception is not a human life but a process of development that culminates in the birth of a person. If a young girl or a woman becomes pregnant but isn’t prepared to be a mother, or to go through the process of bearing a child, she has the right to end the pregnancy. A fetus is not a baby.

• If you outlaw abortion, women will still abort unwanted pregnancies, as they have for centuries—and many of them will be injured in the process, for lack of qualified medical care.

• You can lecture teenagers forever about abstinence, but biology is stronger than lectures. Most people have sex by age 18, long before they want children. No sermons can change that. But we can reduce the number of abortions performed in the U.S. by teaching teens about birth control and making it easily available. That’s the ethical alternative.

On human nature and justice

The conservative view

• We have the power to choose between right and wrong, and are responsible for our choices. Those who violate the law must pay the penalties. Too much leniency results in a culture of disrespect for the law, and social disorder.

The liberal view

• Human beings are capable of both selflessness and brutality. Even the best of us is far from perfect. Knowing this, we rely on the rule of law—and ask that justice be tempered with mercy.

On America’s future

The liberal view

• Most of the world’s most successful, prosperous nations are liberal democracies that provide their citizens with a strong safety net. This represents the natural progress of civilization. It’s time for us to catch up with Northern Europe.

The conservative view

• What made America great—what makes this the country so many people around the world yearn to live in—is the vastness of opportunity here. Freedom of opportunity requires freedom from government interference. We are not Europe, and would be wrong to follow in Europe’s footsteps. We can do better by going our own way.

The values we cherish

Conservatives

• Duty, honesty, hard work, self-sacrifice, love of country, loyalty, and self-restraint.

Liberals

• Justice, compassion, equality of opportunity, and clear vision: what’s great about our country, and what could be better. False Utopia.

Favorite president

Of conservatives

• Ronald Reagan, who inspired America with optimism, called for a reduction in the size of government, and presided over the triumph of democratic capitalism over Communism.

Of liberals

• Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who used the government’s power to alleviate poverty during the Great Depression, and led the U.S.to victory over fascism in World War Two.

Why are some people liberals and others conservatives? Where do political attitudes come from in the first place? Here are a few informal observations.

• Family: Though many people reject their parents’ political beliefs, most of us end up on the same side where we began.

• Geography: If you grow up surrounded by people who think a certain way, there’s a good chance you’ll think that way, too. Some states are heavily populated by liberals, others by conservatives. New England and the northern Midwest (Minnesota,Wisconsin) have a heritage of liberalism; the rest of the Midwest leans toward conservatism. People in big cities are more likely to vote for Democrats; rural Americans tend to be more conservative.

• Self-interest: Low-income people tend to vote for Democrats, who support expanded social programs for those in need; among the wealthy, more vote for Republicans, who want to lower taxes. But self-interest is a factor that’s often outweighed by other values.

• Ethnicity and religion: Ethnicity and religion don’t determine political preferences, but there’s a good chance you vote for Democrats if you’re African-American or Jewish, and for Republicans if you’re a white Evangelical Protestant.

• Self-image: Which do you value more, compassion or personal responsibility? That’s a good predictor of your politics.

Freedom 
Conservatives:  The US Constitution grants Individual rights; unalienable and granted by God.  People are free to make their own choices.
Liberal  Rights are granted by the government.  (what the government grants, the government can take away.) The government will tell you what to do and how to do it.

 

Individualism/Exceptionalism
Conservatives: The American individual and exceptualism is one of the core value of America.  Exceptualism incentives the individual to create, invent and has given more innovation and help to humanity in the past 200 hundred years than in the 5000 years of recorded history.
Liberal:   Agenda 21 Dumbs down society so individuals become drones working as serfs for the good of the collective (group) Individualism  is no longer important.  What the individual can produce for the good of society is the goal.    Questioning creates debate, no debate is allowed. The government knows best.

 

Religion
Conservatives: Our Founding Fathers promoted prayers in school and more important in Congress.   The purpose was to have morality in government. On the other hand the government was never to interfere with the Church by making one religion a Country wide religion.    The founders felt that as long as man worshiped he will make the right and moral.
Liberal: :  Agenda 21 is a pagan agenda calling for Mother Earth to supersede God.  A Godless society is not moral and will look to the government rather then themselves for help.                                                      Read More>>> 

Divide and Conquer Strategy
Conservatives: is the oldest war strategy on record and is nothing new to Agenda 21.      How? By promoting RACISM, Religious and Class Warfare.  Social issues diverting attention from fiscal issues keep the country on edge and in a confrontational mode.
Liberal:   A divided America will never trust new information from the opposition.  The enemy from within is more dangerous because you never know and can’t process Americans out to harm America.

Family  
Conservatives: Destroy the family unit by regulation. If kids can’t trust their family who can they trust?Who will tell them history, the truth, about GOD and Country  With nothing to believe, children will turn elsewhere.
Liberal:   Children will be trained to turn in their parents for infractions against the earth. Without learning they will repeat the disasters of the past. The government of course will be the only disciple of truth.                                                                                                        Read More>>>

Law 
Conservatives: America is a country of laws (US Constitution) that all citizens must follow.
Liberal:  Changes wording of the Constitution, Judges use case law not Constitutional law to reinterpret the US Constitution in favor of Agenda 21 policies.  Private property can be taken for public use.   Federal Judges are changing the words of the Constitution.                                                                                                                                                    Learn more>>> 

Sovereignty
Conservatives Wonder why the borders are still open? Millions of people entering the US illegally cause our entitlement programs to fail, riots will be promoted but more important new voters will be put in place to manipulate the election process. Eliminate American Borders so people will no longer have a feeling of nationalism.
Liberal: Our congress is not paying attention, Little by little they are giving our sovereignty to the UN under a variety of amendment that they don’t read.  The CLEAR ACT is a perfect example. In addition NAFTA is used to keep open borders and create one North American country and a N American new currency.  Other unfair trade agreements created outsourcing and more unemployment.  The more people dependent on the Government the less opposition. 

Immigration
Conservatives Massive influx of illegal immigrants accomplishes multiple goals especially when our Congress votes to give illegals the same entitlements and better than hard working Americans who are paying the bills.  Overloading the entitlements, taking jobs from minorities creates discrimination on the American people.
Liberal:  In addition Billions are sent to their home country taking cash out of the American market.  Black market with a shadow society sucking American jobs is the goal. add to that millions more votes and you have a perfect Agenda21 implementation.

Media
Conservatives Control the media and you can control America.  Said by Joseph Stalin.  The media is necessary to bring truth and balance to the people.  So where are they. When the media is controlled through funding by the extreme left, it is impossible to have fair and balanced news.                  Liberal:  By controlling the media, hype and lies become the truth to unsuspecting citizens. Propaganda becomes truth and citizens are programmed.    

Middle Class
Conservatives: The middle class is the gate keeper for America. They exhibit tremendous pride in family, country and neighborhood and will fight to keep freedom.
Liberal:  Through market manipulation, implementation of Agenda 21 forces unemployment, loss of retirement, equity, loss of homes, the middle class is forced to turn to the Government for survival.  And so, slavery begins. 

The phrase “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.

Free Enterprise/ Capitalism
Conservative:  Allows for the accumulation of wealth which is considered bad.  Only Public/Private partnerships with government control is allowable.    This gives an unfair advantage to any industry in bed with the government. This is easily accomplished since the Government can always find an industry focused on profit at the expense of the competition.
LiberalCapitalism allows people to create, innovate and get the reward of their creation.   Only those involved with the Progressive Elite promoting the approved products are allowed.  People working on their own will find over regulation, lack of capital used against them to stall or eliminate their industry.                 See Video>>>