Beyond the Cusp

July 5, 2007

Liberal vs Conservative A Simplified Look

Filed under: Uncategorized — qwertster @ 3:13 PM
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When it comes to reading articles that try to describe the differences between Liberal and Conservative politics you usually need either a degree in English or possible Linguistics to understand even half of the article. Add to that a few other degrees to help clarify the rest, such as Sociology, Philosophy, History, Pre Law or Law Degree, and Political Science (though if you had a PoliSci degree you should write not read the article). So, my plan is to make this into a differences between Liberals and Conservatives for dummies, read for normal people. For those of you who the motives and maneuvers in most of the machinations of Congress, the Courts, and the Presidency are plain to see, this article is not for you as you probably could have written an even better one. So, let’s give this a shot.

The first lesson is that Government is not so much the friend that its members keep insisting. Government is a tool used to force upon many the ideals and dreams of the few. So, when Government does something in your interest or in tune with your views you can be assured that an equal number of others are distressed and unhappy with events. Obviously you could just as easily end up on the side of the aggrieved when the next decision is enacted. Just when you are on the victorious side keep in mind how it felt to be on the side that is being forced, or at least coerced to comply, as if not for a few votes that could have been you. All of this applies in reverse for when legislation or actions are struck down and not implemented. This sort of covers that Government is measured in units of force, not affection or other soft tones. Government is a harsh reality that grows at the expense of our freedoms and liberties.

The above explanation does not differentiate between Liberal and Conservative, as either is equally likely to end up on either side of the division of the effects of any legislation or bureaucratic ruling. How can one tell which side these actions Liberals and Conservatives may fall? Some claim there is no difference while others claim the difference is all too obvious. As usual the truth is somewhere between these extremes. The best clue is at what point is the advantage and/or penalty imposed by this legislation. This is where the fundamental difference between Liberal ideals and Conservative ideals are made most evident. Conservative motives tend to assure all the same access into a process. Liberal motives tend to assure that all derive the same benefit when all is said and done (I would be remiss if I did not quote Lady Margaret Sackville, “When all is said and done: more will have been said than done”).

If the last explanation still leaves you confused I will attempt to put everything in the most simple of terms. A true Conservative strives to assure that at the start of any race, all people are given an equal chance to win. No one will be given a head start nor will anyone be burdened with extra weights or other impediments that limit their performance. Any rules are applied to every contestant thus keeping the race fair and balanced at the start and throughout the race. The winner will be the most capable contestant. On the other hand, a true Liberal strives to assure that all competitors in the race will finish the race at the same time. They will give the least skilled a head start and burden the most qualified contestants with limitations and extra requirements commensurate with their advantage. This is done to assure that when the race ends everybody wins. So, what you have is Conservatives wish fairness and equality in the playing of the game while Liberals want the game to always end in a tie.

I hope this makes these differences clear. One last example for clarity. Conservatives would fully support a flat tax or a national sales tax to replace the current tax system. Liberals, on the other hand, would support a tax where all the money earned is given to the government and then they would dole out the exact same amount to every citizen thus making the appearance of an even playing field. They would not wish to allow any difference despite differing abilities or efforts. So, in conclusion, Conservatives give equal opportunity letting the chips fall where they may and Liberals take all the chips and divide them equally to guarantee that all benefit equally without regard for any other factors.

Beyond the Cusp

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  1. Your attempt to describe the basic differences between a liberal and a conservative is comical. To say that government is a tool to force the ideals of the few upon everyone else is wrong. A government is to provide a framework for legal rights, property rights, commerce and defense (among other things). A democracy is a type of government which relies on the ideal that the majority of people will decide the laws for themselves, as opposed to a theocracy (which grabs rules from religion) or authoritarian government (which a single individual will lead the country). The government we have in America is a representative democracy, which we elect representatives from our respective states to represent the people. As to the basic differences between a liberal and a conservative, here is how I see it. A conservative is a true believer in the free market, has an inherent distrust of the government, opposes regulation of businesses. A liberal sees government as a framework to promote safety, competition, and equal rights. A liberal sees government as a tool of the people, and conservatives see it as a tool to oppress the people.

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    Comment by TrickyNik — July 5, 2007 @ 4:13 PM | Reply

  2. Your attempt to describe the basic differences between a liberal and a conservative is comical. To say that government is a tool to force the ideals of the few upon everyone else is wrong. A government is to provide a framework for legal rights, property rights, commerce and defense (among other things). A democracy is a type of government which relies on the ideal that the majority of people will decide the laws for themselves, as opposed to a theocracy (which grabs rules from religion) or authoritarian government (which a single individual will lead the country). The government we have in America is a representative democracy, which we elect representatives from our respective states to represent the people. As to the basic differences between a liberal and a conservative, here is how I see it.

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    Comment by TrickyNik — July 5, 2007 @ 4:16 PM | Reply


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