Conservatism vs. LiberalismPosted by TM Snyder on May 17, 2013
There are many political issues that dominate the mass media airwaves these days. But are they the correct issues? The media drastically influences how most citizens vote, especially young or first time voters who often times just don’t get the facts. Currently, we’re dealing with a complete mess of cover-ups from our nation’s Capital ranging from the ongoing Benghazi hearings to the IRS specifically targeting conservative groups in an effort to hinder Republican voter turn-outs. However, Fox News seems to be the only network with any integrity and willing to tackle these issues on a daily basis. This behavior of avoiding the tough issues by the other major networks is extremely appalling to me, especially after watching these same networks absolutely slam President George W. Bush for far less over and over again during his tenure. It simply just doesn’t add up and I continue to ask myself, why does Barack Obama continue to get a free pass? Well, let’s take a closer look at conservatives versus liberals, the true meaning and core beliefs of each party without media biased.
Obviously, Republican conservatives will generally take one stance on political issues while Democratic liberals will take the opposite one. One of the most popular issues is taxes and the constant debate of whether to raise or lower taxes of individuals, major corporations and LLC’s. This is one battle that you can be sure will never end as we conservatives do not believe in raising taxes. In fact, it is our conservative belief that lowering taxes directly helps stimulate the economy simply by putting more money in your pocket to spend. Liberals actually believe that raising taxes will somehow improve the “average American’s life”. For a numbers guy like myself, I not only know this to be untrue, I find it completely laughable.
Government‘s general involvement in the day-to-day lives of American citizens is another hot button issue at the moment. As United States citizens, we’ve never been more intruded on by the government than we currently are in every way, shape and form. We can’t go to an Airport, Wal-Mart, a Shopping Mall, a School Building, a Hospital or even drive through a toll booth without being filmed today. It really doesn’t matter where you go, it can’t be avoided. The next time you’re withdrawing twenty bucks from an ATM or grabbing a sandwich at a McDonald’s, smile because you’re on camera. Although many of these places may be privately owned and operated, don’t let that fool you, the government will still have direct and immediate access to that footage promptly after they stomp their feet. Basically, conservatives believe that the government should step back and keep involvement in peoples’ lives to an absolute minimum. Liberals believe that government should actually guide the people by way of more laws and regulations.
One of the biggest political issues that the two parties have opposite viewpoints on is the “right to keep and bear arms“. I refuse to use their term “gun control”, because creating new laws on an inanimate object does not address the real issue, the person holding that gun! When a person drinks and drives, then kills an innocent by-stander, do we blame the vehicle? Absolutely not. The driver is held accountable for his or her actions and the vehicle is never discussed as a “weapon” even though it did deliver the fatal blow. So why is it so drastically different when it comes to firearms? Simply because it’s part of the Bill of Rights and liberals need something to challenge? We have to remember that the Bill of Rights was not designed to protect us from each other, but to protect us from government tyranny. The second amendment gives us the great right to keep and bear arms and liberals are simply going to have to learn to live with that.
The last major issue I’d like to discuss is that of Entitlements. This may be the biggest political issue we face today largely due to the economic crisis our country has been facing for many years now. These funding programs are meant to aid low-income families or individuals and liberals seem to think the answer to this mounting problem is actually increasing federal funding for these government assisted programs. Obviously, conservatives believe there should be less government spending across the board and specifically on programs such as these. I understand that everyone needs a little help once in a while, but what we’re seeing now is an epidemic and a serious problem. What i’m talking about is generation-to-generation entitlement expectancy. When a mother gives birth to a child and is completely reliant on the government, then 18 years later when that same child becomes an adult, the mother is still on the same exact government assistance program, that is a problem. What other life does that child know? What motivation does that child have to work hard for a living when they have watched their mother do nothing for 18 years except walk to the mailbox? What kind of example is that to set as a mother? These are tough questions and it may sound harsh, but it’s reality people. Unless we wake up as a nation and elect the right officials, we will keep flushing our tax-dollars down the federal spending toilet.
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