Conservatives And Liberals In American Politics

Conservatives

I'm not afraid to change,

But first show me a good reason for one, and one that will work.

Some things have made us great,

And I want to preserve those things.

Tested and tried worked in the past,

I don't like tinkering with our values.

Rubber bands, even chains,

Stretched too far, under too much stress,

Snap, and then what?

Let the social engineers stick to bridge building.

Liberals

Not change just for change sake.

Problems need to be fixed, and

If you don't like our way,

Show us a better one.

We welcome new ideas.

So let's give them the benefit of the doubt,

And move on to build, not bridges,

But a better, more equal America.

As an enlightened society,

We can all contribute to the benefit

of those who need the help the most,

Each doing our fair share.

The sides are drawn. Is stalemate invevitable?

From statehouses to Washington, D.C. we may need "more light and less heat."
From statehouses to Washington, D.C. we may need "more light and less heat." | Source

Favorite Liberal Concerns

Federal government sponsored programs for health, education, and welfare.

Programs designed to place tax burdens on those best able to bear them.

Modernized definitions of marriage

The right of a pregnant female to abort a pregnancy.

Affirmative action programs for minorities and women.

Tighter control of firearms, and elimination of the death penalty.



Favorite Conservative Concerns:

Free enterprise allowed the freedom to innovate.

Local governance not dictated to by too many federal laws and regulations.

Individual freedom to strive and succeed and be rewarded.

The economics of supply and demand.

Spending within our means using balanced budgets and fiscal restraint.

The sanctity of human life, and the father and mother family.

Clear laws properly made and enforced.

Help for those in need that is designed, when possible, to get them on their feet.

Limited government that supports local governance closer to the people.

Taxes that allow taxpayers to keep as much of their hard-earned gains as possible.






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bradmasterOCcal 23 months ago from Orange County California

These definitions illustrate the futility of ever expecting bipartisan decisions in congress. There can be no common ground when the goals are in the opposite direction.

Loyal party voters treat congress like a sports team, but when one party loses the game, the whole country loses.

Thanks


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bradmasterOCcal - One party, either party, always loses. Sometimes that loss is more resounding than at other times. The minor parties, so far, always lose. Do we need a strong third party?

Just think what impact on benefits a vibrant "American Minorities Party" (AMP) could have. Wow!


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MizBejabbers 23 months ago

I'm not sure any party can help. I'm afraid the USA has climaxed and is waning. Too many liberal policies like welfare spent us broke. Too many conservative polices like wars spent us broke. Too many liberal policies like immigration let in too many people. Too many conservative policies encouraged them to propagate. What kind of damage could a third party do?

Signed,

Party Pooper


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MizBejabbers - Realizing as we do, that politicians in recent elections, have promised "goodies" to factions and subgroups of Americans to lock up their votes on single issues, you can well imagine what would happen to win the needed support of a third major political party (say the suggested "American Minorities Party (AMP)". What harm would that do?


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MizBejabbers 23 months ago

You know, Pers, that's a good question, "what harm would that do?" If the American people would pull together, it could be the biggest revolution in history without firing a shot. But nobody is willing to give up his or her special interest, and even a third party might sell out to the highest bidder.


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phdast7 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Nicely done. Good balance. Whether we can bridge our differences and meet in the middle, I just don't know. :( Sharing.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7 - We all have to live here. We would all like an equal chance to prosper here. Equal and quality education is the key so that every cream of the crop can rise to the top. The real incentive for progressing up the ladder is the dignity of work and being allowed to keep as much as possible of what you worked to earn and achieve.

The "middle" is where the majority of Americans should be. If we want responsive government, we must give our representatives and senators our earnest concerns to respond to. Silence kills the democratic spirit.

In many ways what we can achieve depends on the active voters remaining active between elections.


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

I was intrigued with your phrasing most of all. I enjoyed the poems. The side-by-side concept was excellent.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - Thanks for the commentary. Praise is always welcome, but commentary makes the next Hubs even better.


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bradmasterOCcal 22 months ago from Orange County California

Perspycacious

I don't see much hope of a third party until the party loyal voters starting voting bipartisan. There needs to be a reformation of the structure of congress to represent more of the people when one party wins. The voters of the other party no longer have real representation from the politician.

I wrote a hub on my suggestion to reform congress.

No one cares.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Both Democrats and Republicans have worked as hard to discredit the possible Tea Party, as they did to discredit Ross Perot and United We Stand some time back.

A third major party probably cannot get started without a grass roots ground swell and in-flowing capital.

The name "Tea Party" has been corrupted by those seeking only to control its focus and progress, collecting funds while not truly promoting its growth and maturing.

Whenever the major parties sense a conflict with their vested interests, they call out the dirty tricks to make as certain as possible that nothing even slightly revolutionary gets a toehold on voter attentions. It's the one bipartisan effort they can both agree on instantly!


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bradmasterOCcal 22 months ago from Orange County California

I agree.

Based on your last paragraph, I would submit a respelling of the word Politics, to read Pollutatics.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bradmasterOCcal - It may not be as important "what" we call politics, as it is the we once in a while call the politicians when we have a beef or want to put in our oar. If, as some claimed, politics was a "dirty business" 25 years ago, big money has certainly not washed the slate clean.

We do need term limits, publicly financed campaigns, an end to corporate personhood, a new definition for "war," and other changes, some of which will necessitate a Constitutional Convention.

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