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Does the left really represent compassion? Does the right really represent self

  1. berrtus profile image60
    berrtusposted 7 years ago

    Does the left really represent compassion?  Does the right really represent selfishness and greed?

    I am hoping to stir up debate on an issue where I think most people make an unwitting assumption.  For a hint on what I think the answer is I say: follow exactly where the social spending money really goes.

  2. MPG1 profile image76
    MPG1posted 7 years ago

    I do no think it is really that black and white. I believe that there is an equal amount on both sides who are greedy and compassionate.

  3. skylinerj34 profile image61
    skylinerj34posted 7 years ago

    I think both sides have their share of greed and selfishness but I do think the right has a bigger share and the left has a bigger share of compassionate people. But I have another question: what is right and left? Why is the term left associated with liberal and democrat and why is the term right associated with conservatism and republican? I personally think these are just terms that divide us instead of encouraging us to have real, constructive and thoughtful debates about ideas, issues and opinions. And I think that's why some leaders choose wedge issues to pin us against one another instead of talking about intelligent, thoughful solutions to solve our problems.

  4. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    I presume you are referring to politicians?  It makes no difference whether they are left, right, central, all politicians, of whatever stripe, from whatever country, all have one thing in common, desire for power.  Every thing they do is based, not on compassion but on greed, selfishness, will this action enhance/maintain my position of power.

  5. BillyDRitchie profile image61
    BillyDRitchieposted 7 years ago

    Unfortunately, both the left and the right have been successfully branded with unfair stereotypes.  I'm a right winger, but hardly selfish or greedy, and by the same token, I don't believe the left is out to destroy America.

    The sooner we can cut down on the rhetorical noise, the better off our nation will ultimately be....

  6. tinaweha profile image66
    tinawehaposted 7 years ago

    This is a simple question to answer if you use thought rather than emotion to formulate your answer.

    Voters and the general public who consider themselves on the left are very passionate and compassionate, however the things they vote for usually bring about the exact opposite of what the lefty voters want.

    A large Federal Government takes away money from productive citizens and gives a little bit to the poor.  However, most of the money ends up in the pockets of the rich one way or another.  So, we end up with more poor people and a few fat cats in charge.  It is taking away the middle class.

    The income tax makes it more difficult for poor or middle class people to move out of poverty.  The rich have loopholes.  The working classes get money taken out of their paychecks so it is more difficult to move out of poverty and more difficult to move to a higher socioeconomic class.

    The communism-lovers think that they will be part of the communist ruling class.  They are in for a big shock.

    Lefties believe in abortion.  How the F is that compassionate?  Granted there are times when an abortion may be the right answer - health of mother, rape, incest, health of child- but most of the time it would be more compassionate to give birth and give the child to a couple who cannot have children.

    Feeding kids school lunches makes sense, however feeding them breakfast lunch and dinner means that the Government has more and more control over everyone's life.  Is it compassiionate to want people to be the slave of the government?  Hey, I grew up in a liberal household...I've heard the other side.

    Liberals talk about discrimination, but they often give preference to people of color who are not as qualified.  If two people are equally qualified and one is a minority, I think that you should choose the minority to give them a chance.  Liberals also vote according to race.  That is the freaking opposite of what MLK wanted.

    On the other hand:

    Conservatives are more likely to donate money.

    Conservatives hate poverty.  However, conservatives would rather have you get a job (and be able to keep more of the money you earn) so you can get yourself out of poverty.
    Some conservatives know how the government tries to control everything you do when you are on welfare...I once was living in a "welfare household" when I was 16.  It sucked.

    So, remember that stereotypes can be wrong.