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Conservative VS. Liberal Values and Ideals THREAD HERE:

Original post made by amy on Jul 9, 2009

Is it possible that we can have a constructive discussion about our values and ideals here in THIS thread, without attacks?

How about telling us what YOUR values and Ideal are and what that means for YOU?

THIS IS NOT THE THREAD TO BASH OTHERS, FOR THEIR BELIEFS!

Let's TRY to get an understanding of one another, so perhaps we can gain valuable insight.

Thanks,

Amy

Comments (41)

Posted by amy, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm

A description of Conservative to ponder:

Web Link


Posted by amy, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

A description of Liberal to ponder:

Web Link

Keep in mind, that there are many sub categories or description within these two, liberal and conservitive.

I would think that most people could honestly say that on some issues and in regard to some of their ideals and beliefs, that they these could fit into a number of common descriptions of conservative or liberal.

IF we did not have these labels, what would we do?

IF we did not have the two distink parties, Democrat and Republican, what woul that be like?

IF there were no religion, what would that be like?

IF we were ALL christain, catholic, or muslim for that matter, what would that be like?

IF we were ALL black, or white, oe chinese, what would that be like?


Posted by Randy, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

This pretty much sums up my values and belief system:

Neocon 101

Some basic questions answered.

What do neoconservatives believe?
"Neocons" believe that the United States should not be ashamed to use its unrivaled power – forcefully if necessary – to promote its values around the world. Some even speak of the need to cultivate a US empire. Neoconservatives believe modern threats facing the US can no longer be reliably contained and therefore must be prevented, sometimes through preemptive military action.

Most neocons believe that the US has allowed dangers to gather by not spending enough on defense and not confronting threats aggressively enough. One such threat, they contend, was Saddam Hussein and his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. Since the 1991 Gulf War, neocons relentlessly advocated Mr. Hussein's ouster.

Most neocons share unwavering support for Israel, which they see as crucial to US military sufficiency in a volatile region. They also see Israel as a key outpost of democracy in a region ruled by despots. Believing that authoritarianism and theocracy have allowed anti-Americanism to flourish in the Middle East, neocons advocate the democratic transformation of the region, starting with Iraq. They also believe the US is unnecessarily hampered by multilateral institutions, which they do not trust to effectively neutralize threats to global security.

What are the roots of neoconservative beliefs?
The original neocons were a small group of mostly Jewish liberal intellectuals who, in the 1960s and 70s, grew disenchanted with what they saw as the American left's social excesses and reluctance to spend adequately on defense. Many of these neocons worked in the 1970s for Democratic Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, a staunch anti-communist. By the 1980s, most neocons had become Republicans, finding in President Ronald Reagan an avenue for their aggressive approach of confronting the Soviet Union with bold rhetoric and steep hikes in military spending. After the Soviet Union's fall, the neocons decried what they saw as American complacency. In the 1990s, they warned of the dangers of reducing both America's defense spending and its role in the world.

Unlike their predecessors, most younger neocons never experienced being left of center. They've always been "Reagan" Republicans.

What is the difference between a neoconservative and a conservative?

Liberals first applied the "neo" prefix to their comrades who broke ranks to become more conservative in the 1960s and 70s. The defectors remained more liberal on some domestic policy issues. But foreign policy stands have always defined neoconservatism. Where other conservatives favored détente and containment of the Soviet Union, neocons pushed direct confrontation, which became their raison d'etre during the 1970s and 80s.

Today, both conservatives and neocons favor a robust US military. But most conservatives express greater reservations about military intervention and so-called nation building. Neocons share no such reluctance. The post 9/11-campaigns against regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate that the neocons are not afraid to force regime change and reshape hostile states in the American image. Neocons believe the US must do to whatever it takes to end state-supported terrorism. For most, this means an aggressive push for democracy in the Middle East. Even after 9/11, many other conservatives, particularly in the isolationist wing, view this as an overzealous dream with nightmarish consequences.

How have neoconservatives influenced US foreign policy?

Finding a kindred spirit in President Reagan, neocons greatly influenced US foreign policy in the 1980s.

But in the 1990s, neocon cries failed to spur much action. Outside of Reaganite think tanks and Israel's right-wing Likud Party, their calls for regime change in Iraq were deemed provocative and extremist by the political mainstream. With a few notable exceptions, such as President Bill Clinton's decision to launch isolated strikes at suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998, their talk of preemptive military action was largely dismissed as overkill.

Despite being muted by a president who called for restraint and humility in foreign affairs, neocons used the 1990s to hone their message and craft their blueprint for American power. Their forward thinking and long-time ties to Republican circles helped many neocons win key posts in the Bush administration.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 moved much of the Bush administration closer than ever to neoconservative foreign policy. Only days after 9/11, one of the top neoconservative think tanks in Washington, the Project for a New American Century, wrote an open letter to President Bush calling for regime change in Iraq. Before long, Bush, who campaigned in 2000 against nation building and excessive military intervention overseas, also began calling for regime change in Iraq. In a highly significant nod to neocon influence, Bush chose the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as the venue for a key February 2003 speech in which he declared that a US victory in Iraq "could begin a new stage for Middle Eastern peace." AEI – the de facto headquarters for neconservative policy – had been calling for democratization of the Arab world for more than a decade.

What does a neoconservative dream world look like?

Neocons envision a world in which the United States is the unchallenged superpower, immune to threats. They believe that the US has a responsibility to act as a "benevolent global hegemon." In this capacity, the US would maintain an empire of sorts by helping to create democratic, economically liberal governments in place of "failed states" or oppressive regimes they deem threatening to the US or its interests. In the neocon dream world the entire Middle East would be democratized in the belief that this would eliminate a prime breeding ground for terrorists. This approach, they claim, is not only best for the US; it is best for the world. In their view, the world can only achieve peace through strong US leadership backed with credible force, not weak treaties to be disrespected by tyrants.

Any regime that is outwardly hostile to the US and could pose a threat would be confronted aggressively, not "appeased" or merely contained. The US military would be reconfigured around the world to allow for greater flexibility and quicker deployment to hot spots in the Middle East, as well as Central and Southeast Asia. The US would spend more on defense, particularly for high-tech, precision weaponry that could be used in preemptive strikes. It would work through multilateral institutions such as the United Nations when possible, but must never be constrained from acting in its best interests whenever necessary.


Posted by Brian, a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I stumbled upon this blog and though I would give some input.

I have this piece I wrote on my hard drive, so here it goes:

Liberal? Absolutely.

Seems these days Conservatives have convinced themselves, and some of the American public, that being a Liberal is akin to being a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. While this may be a great smear tactic for an election year, to believe such a notion proves that the believer is uneducated in the fundamentals of the American political system. Our nation was founded on Liberalism. Embodied in the Declaration of Independence are its three tenets: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." The very term, itself, is taken from the same root as the second of these precepts. To be a Liberal is to defend the freedom - the Liberty - of all people who make up our great nation. To be a Liberal is to trust individuals and families to run their own lives as they see fit. To be a Liberal is to create a nation where anyone can excel if they are willing to do the work.

In order to understand the true nature of Liberalism, and to dispel the misconceptions fomented by those whose agenda is counter to our freedom, I will detail the tenets of Liberal thought and dispel the misconceptions so often put forth by Conservative rhetoric.

Liberalism is "Life." It is freedom from physical dangers that can kill or disable us. The Liberal believes it is a nation's job to protect its citizens from physical harm, whether from external sources, such as hostile nations, or internal ones, like crime, disease, or hunger. Without the solid ground of physical wellbeing, our nation and its citizens cannot enjoy the benefits of being free. Liberals believe in a strong military, well suited to defend the nation. Liberals believe in good laws, hard-working police, and a just legal system to protect its citizens from crime. Liberals believe in affordable health care for everyone, to keep our people strong. And Liberals believe in the availability of food and shelter for its needy, not as a hand out but as a reasonable step in moving all Americans toward self-reliance and the freedom that comes with it.

Liberalism is "Liberty." It is the freedom to do as your conscience dictates without impeding another's rights. Fleeing oppression in mother Europe, our founders established a nation where personal belief and self-determination are protected, not persecuted, where hard work is rewarded, not demanded, and where each person is bestowed with the ability to better his or her life because of citizenship, not class. Liberals believe in freedom of speech to protect us from political oppression. Liberals believe in sound regulations to protect us from economic oppression. Liberals believe in just laws to protect us from social oppression. And Liberals believe in quality education to protect us from the oppression of ignorance.

Liberalism is "The Pursuit of Happiness." It is the freedom to create an environment where the individual can excel. What is freedom if it cannot be used to better our lives? A truly free society must be one where its members can rise above their limitations and expand their futures. We call it "The American Dream," and it's alive and well in the heart of the Liberal. Liberals believe in equal opportunities for all to rise above our means. Liberals believe in equal opportunities to rise above our education levels. Liberals believe in equal opportunities to rise above our social status. And Liberals believe each and every family should have an equal opportunity to make this world better for their children.

Based on these tenets, we can see that Liberalism is not the monster it's made out to be by the opposition. It is pro individual and pro family. It is pro community and pro country. Liberalism is, by its very definition, the heart and soul of what it means to be an American. It stands against tyranny of any kind, whether international or domestic. It works to remove abuse and fight crime. And it strives to eliminate the idea of a wasted life by not wasting resources and opportunities.

By this time someone might ask, "if that is a Liberal, then what is a Conservative?"

Liberals and Conservatives received their names for good reasons. Just as Liberals get their label by standing for Liberty, Conservatives get their label from the desire to "conserve" a style of living. They, too, claim they are fighting to conserve our personal rights and our economic opportunities, but they do it with a different ideal than the Liberal. The term they use for the difference is "values." Values are norms or codes by which people live their lives. While most Americans share some common values, such as the right to own property and the right to protect our families, we also have many divergent values with which we raise our children. So if we try to impose values into the political framework of the nation, we are forced to ask, "whose values?" And in the search for such absolutes, we must also ask, "which generation's values?"

As the nation ages and new generations take over leadership, the values of its population change. Where once a woman was valued for how well she cooked, cleaned and entertained, today's women are gaining recognition that they offer as much, if not more, to the work force than men. Where once African Americans were forced to live as second-class citizens, now they have a legal status equal to that of whites, even if we still have a ways to go in actual practice. Changing values brings confusing times for many - especially for those who believe that America was better with an older set of values. These people want to "conserve" a style of American living they believe once existed, what they call, "traditional family values." They want to conserve the system that they believe made America wealthy and strong. Unfortunately that also means they want to force all of us to live according to their values.

Conservatives don't really fight for our rights - they fight for what they think our rights should be - putting limits on our freedom of speech in order to "conserve" an older, more traditional norm of what should be said. Conservatives don't really fight for our family values - they fight for what they believe our family values should be - putting limits on our behavior, even behavior between consenting adults, in order to "conserve" an older, more traditional view of acceptable personal activity. Conservatives don't really fight for our income - they fight for little or no regulations - putting limits on our ability to be treated fairly by large companies, who if left without restriction, can form monopolies that choke out competition and drive down wages.

Conservatives are willing to curb our freedom of speech if it clashes with their interpretation of "traditional" values, values from an older time where woman were in domestic servitude to men, where child abuse, sexual abuse, wife abuse, and homosexuality were all kept locked in closets, where minorities were second-class citizens and discrimination was free from incrimination, and where the inability to plan a family's growth meant an explosion of mouths to feed - a population explosion that today threatens to bankrupt our nation's retirement funds. The Conservative position, therefore, is inherently contradictory. You cannot be for legislating away freedom in the name of "family values" and also claim you are protecting individual and family rights.

As new generations have placed their own values into the laws that govern our land, Conservatives have sought to fight back by limiting the size and power of the government. Conservatives are willing to give away the very power needed to protect our liberties in the work place. Their idea of a smaller, less-intrusive government means a return to the days where business decisions and profits were more important than clean air and clean water, where a business could abuse its employees without incrimination, and where minorities and women could be passed over for jobs or paid less then white males for the same jobs. Again the Conservative position is at odds with itself. You cannot claim you are fighting for families at the same time that you allow the family bread winner to be overworked and underpaid and allow neighborhoods to be overrun by non-regulated big business. The Conservative would effectively shift power away from the people, who can elect public officials to fight for their rights, and into the hands of private businesses, who need not answer to the public when making decisions that affect us all.

Because Liberals fight to protect every citizen from having other people's values imposed on them, Conservatives like to label Liberals as being evil. The following list shows what Conservatives like to say against Liberals, and then goes on to show why such assertions are false:

Conservatives say that Liberals are anti-family.
However . . .
Conservatives want to define what your family should be
Whereas . . .
Liberals put you in charge of your family
Liberals support your right to define what your family will be
Liberals fight for your family's rights against economic and political oppression

Conservatives say that Liberals are anti-business.
However . . .
Conservatives are pro-money, but that often translates into monopolies, which hurt small business and competition, which hurts us all
Whereas . . .
Liberals protect small businesses by regulating the larger ones and by breaking up monopolies
Liberals protect workers in order to create a healthy workforce that will help businesses grow

Conservatives say that Liberals are anti-religion.
However . . .
Conservatives are often for one dominant religion, and are, therefore, against others
Whereas . . .
Liberals support complete freedom of religion and from religion so that all citizen are free to choose the manner in which faith is a part of their lives
Liberals strive to keep government completely out of a family's religious choices

Conservatives say that Liberals are anti-freedom.
However . . .
Conservatives want to stop homosexuals, stop abortions, stop the women's movement, and stop freedom of expression through the use of censorship
Whereas . . .
Liberals leave it up to the parents to teach such values to their children
Liberals believe each person or family should be free to choose how to behave as long as it does not interfere with another's rights

Conservatives say that Liberals are anti-morality.
However . . .
Conservatives are for one specific kind of morality
Whereas . . .
Liberals are for the morality of free choice, where each person or family decides their own values
Liberals want the government to protect our freedom to choose what is important to us rather than to impose the laws and codes of another's morality

Conservatives say that Liberals are anti-military.
However . . .
Conservatives see the military as a means to impose their values and standards on others
Whereas . . .
Liberals see the military as a vital protection of our freedoms and our liberties, giving us a space in which to pursue happiness
Liberalism's Stance on Specific Issues

With the desire to promote Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as the central motivation, the Liberal always defends these tenets when deciding how to stand on a particular issue. The following will show why Liberals often take the stance they do:

Abortion/Contraception - Liberty means the freedom to control your body, your reproductive system, and your future.

Affirmative Action - Liberty means having fair opportunities for those in society who are discriminated against.

Education - Liberty means the freedom to learn in order to build a better future for yourself, your family, your community, and your country.

Environment - Liberty means the fair use of our nation's natural resources for all citizens. Where possible, without unreasonable restriction to private enterprise, the government should strive to protect our natural environment so all can enjoy its bounty.

Gun Control - Liberty means the freedom to protect yourself, your family, and your property, with deadly force if necessary. People have a right to keep guns for such a purpose. People also have a right to use guns in sporting activities and in the event that citizens should be called on to form a citizen militia. We do not, however, have a right to own all the latest people-killing technology. The People, through the government, can restrict some of the more deadly weapons being sold today.

Health - Liberty means the freedom to overcome physical limitations in order to better yourself, your family, your community, and your country.

Regulations - Liberty means the freedom to live and work in an environment that best allows individuals and families to grow in the pursuit of happiness. Bad air, bad water, bad living and working conditions only stifle that liberty.

Sexuality - Liberty means the freedom to share mutual intimate affection with the person of your choice, regardless of gender.

Substance Abuse - Liberty means the freedom to decide what you put in your body. Unless the use of a substance is a danger to unwilling victims, its use should be kept legal. In situations where use of a substance may or may not effect bystanders, regulations - such as in the case with tobacco - should be enacted to protect the bystander without denying the individual's choice to use the substance. Smoking and non-smoking areas in public places are a prime example of this.

Taxation - Liberty is found within a system. That system does not happen by itself. It is created and supported by us, the People, and it is funded by our labors. The money we pay in taxes is what allows us to thrive in Liberty and work in fairness. Reasonable taxation is necessary because without it, many of us would find it difficult to get paid even a fraction of what we are paid now. And those who benefit more from the system should expect to pay more to help support it.

Women's/Minority Rights - Liberty means the freedom to be valued and judged on talent and work, not on the physical characteristics over which we have no control.

In closing let me state that freedom sometimes brings situations we don't like. Some people will choose to use their freedom to engage in activities that go against our personal values. It is a great temptation to use our democratic rights to try and enshrine our own personal values - whether they come from religious or humanistic origins - in the laws of the nation. The inherent problem with this is that when Liberty is restrained by any one group's values, even if that group represents the majority of the population at the time, it can easily be changed from one generation to the next, meaning that you could be forced to live under someone else's values as easily as you might force someone to live under yours.

The only true defense of our values is the defense of our liberties.

If you don't want to be forced to live under a foreign set of values, don't force others to live under yours. Instead, fight for the freedom to believe as you want while others believe as they want. Freedom of choice, as long as it does not infringe on another's rights, is the foundation upon which this nation was built. Liberalism is the ideology that strives to defend that freedom for everyone. And for that reason it pleases me to no end to state that I am proud to be Liberal.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

"The original neocons were a small group of mostly Jewish liberal intellectuals who, in the 1960s and 70s, grew disenchanted with what they saw as the American left's social excesses and reluctance to spend adequately on defense."

I think it needs to be clearer that this group didn't "convert" to be conservatives, they transformed it with their own brand of liberalism. The left at the time (and still today) became confused with Socialism and transformed as well.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

And if you believe in the free market, you might just be a liberal after all. Web Link


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

And some may enjoy this:

What's wrong with libertarianism? Web Link


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Wow, Brian is kinda long-winded, isn't he? And entirely WRONG about his definitions. But at least he admitted he pulled it from a blog entry, which makes it about as accurate as the average Cholo post...

If he believes all those things he lists, then he isn't really liberal or conservative (despite using those words ad nauseum), he's really more libertarian and moderate.

In essence, he's using his own beliefs to define all liberals (which is fine... wrong, but fine), perhaps because he wants to think of himself as a liberal.

Nancy Pelosi is a liberal. Barney Frank is a liberal. Rush Limbaugh is a conservative. Sarah Palin is a conservative. Everyone between them is a moderate, which I suspect is where the vast majority lies. Unfortunately, both major parties are either liberal or conservative, meaning voters have to choose the lesser of evils.


Posted by amy, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Stacey,

Very interesting article on Neo Liberalism! The article states that many conservatives are also Neo Liberal! Very complex and interesting
topic. I think we really need to study history to pinpoint exactly where we stand in our values and belief and why.

Many people are raised with a belief and values system, that they carry into adulthood, never really knowing exactly where their beliefs and values come from. Just that it would be scary to get outside that familiar box. However, sinse I am liberal, I allow myself to go outside the box. Really, I am more amy than either liberal or conservative.

I am finding that although I was raised in a very liberal family and consider myself a liberal, I have many values and beliefs that are more in line with conservative thinking.


Posted by brian, a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

parent of two,

I wrote:

"Posted by Brian, a resident of another community, 46 minutes ago

I stumbled upon this blog and though I would give some input.

I have this piece I wrote on my hard drive, so here it goes"

meaning that I stumbled upon the weekly blog using google this afternoon and I indeed wrote the article prior to the election.

Just how can you judge, if you have no reading comprehension. And who is or what is Cholo? Was that a racist remark?


Posted by Actually..., a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

...Brian said that he wrote the article. It's the PW blog (forum) that I believe he says he stumbled upon.


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

To keep this on topic, a buddy sent me this a couple of years ago, and it came out reasonably close to my own self-perception (social moderate, fiscal conservative)

You might want to see how you rate.

Web Link


Posted by brian, a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

parent of two,

"Unfortunately, both major parties are either liberal or conservative, meaning voters have to choose the lesser of evils.'

I FULLY agree with you here!


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

My "profile" (as of October 2005) is:

You are a
Social Moderate
(56% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(70% permissive)

You are best described as a:
Capitalist


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

For those comprehension impaired:

This message forum is NOT a blog. Get your definitions straight before criticizing someone else's comprehension.

Thanks in advance.


Posted by amy, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

parent of two,

Very interesting, thank you! However, do you really have to be so critical and confrontational all the time? What are your kids like?

Here I am:

Your true political self:
You are a

Social Liberal
(66% permissive)


and an...

Economic Liberal
(28% permissive)


You are best described as a:

Democrat


You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.



Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Amy, how accurate is it? Or should I say, how closely does it approximate your self-perception? I thought it was pretty close to mine.


Posted by brian, a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm

parent of two,

"Wow, Brian is kinda long-winded, isn't he? And entirely WRONG about his definitions. But at least he admitted he pulled it from a blog entry, which makes it about as accurate as the average Cholo post..."

"For those comprehension impaired:
This message forum is NOT a blog. Get your definitions straight before criticizing someone else's comprehension.
Thanks in advance."

parent,
I stated a FACT, that your reading comprehension is lacking. This was not a personal attack by any means, but rather an observation.

You deam my perception and beliefs to be WRONG, how interesting. What exactly is THE CORRECT way of thinking and believing, so I know in the future? Are you a dictator? "The average Cholo post" Are you being racist and assuming that all Mexican Americans are illiterate?

Calling a forum a blog is a comprehention issue? Really? Sorry about that. I will be sure to never make that critical mistake in the future. So, you are really a parent?



Posted by Jon, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

parent of two...

You wrote:

"This message forum is NOT a blog"

What exactly is a message forum? is it like a message machine or a bulliten board?

You are entirely too much.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

A political spectrum "test" from a dating site? Try politicalcompass.org There's a multitude of these out there. See Web Link for details.


Posted by Libertarian, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

70% socially permissive; 63% economically permissive.


Posted by Love Palin, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

To "Parent of Two",

I'd have to disagree that Sarah Palin is a conservative, at least fiscally. I don't see how a person can support TARP in its original form and not at least be considered moderate.


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Brian,

The word is "deem", not "deam" [sic]. Try to avoid words you don't know. It'll increase your credibility.

"Cholo" is a frequent poster on these boards, seemingly posting every hour, on a variety of subjects.

I daresay my reading comprehension far exceeds yours. Based on the many errors you've made in just a few posts, it's a pretty low bar.

I'm pointing out that your definitions of "liberal" seem to be based on (1) your earnest belief that you are a "liberal", and (2) your personal beliefs. You responded that I had a "comprehension" issue, which I guess is a euphemism for "not understanding when someone uses the wrong word". Fine. You're a liberal. Congratulations.


Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Stacey,

I took the test at politcalcompass.org and got:
Economic Left/Right: 3.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.46

Slightly to the right economically, almost in the middle on social issues. Some of the questions seemed to be based on infinitives a little too much for my tastes (e.g. "I ALWAYS think..." or "It's NEVER right..."), but it was interesting. Thanks.


Posted by Jon, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:33 am

parent of tow,

Are you not the cats meow!

WoW-Gulp!


Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Brian, thanks for the thorough (and ong-winded) disertation on what makes up a liberal. Very inciteful.

To predict how liberals will impact our country and where it will lead, please read the history lesson at the link below:Web Link

Cause of the fall of the Roman Empire:
"Why did Rome Fall?
There are adherents to single factors, but more people think a combination of such factors as Christianity, decadence, lead, monetary trouble, and military problems caused the Fall of Rome. Imperial incompetence and chance could be added to the list. Even the rise of Islam is proposed as the reason for Rome's fall, by some who think the Fall of Rome happened at Constantinople in A.D. 1453.

This is the road we're heading down espousing liberal philosophy.


Posted by Very Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

Hmmm, this thread has devolved. For comparison, try the Wall Street Journal - lots of well thought out, intelligent, reader input without the ad hominem attacks.


Posted by suz e q, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:15 am

After reading Brian, aka windy & wrong, my day is gone, so have to hope for a free day to correct his misperceptions. Briefly, a few basics. First, a person can only speak with authority about his OWN group...highly INappropriate to define others...stick to defining yourself.
Brain's biggest error is failing to mention PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in everything...responsibility for self. Needy? welfare determination should be.....REASON for need....PERSONAL choices ? too bad.
Brian must have graduated from a leftist, heavy propogandist educational institution. I have never used 'traditional family values' in decades of being registered Republican. I am not interested in that issue & the phrase was never used until Pat Robertson ran for pres in 88. It has no place in politics or government. Sad that Brian thinks everybody fits one or the other. In fact very few 'FIT' either party. If he thinks ALL registered Dems fit his perception of Dems, he's free to speak on them. However, he is clearly NOT qualified to define Republicans. I have been Republican many decades and know very well. AND, religious & social issues were not part of the party in previous decades. I am a Goldwater (libertarian) lifetime registered Republican. I can assure you would NOT like MY definition of Dems...but I wouldn't be so shallow as to assume you fit in a tight pattern of all Dems. SHAME on you for catagorically boxing & presuming to definer others. I am an extreme 10 on scale of 10 FISCAL conservative...however socailly I am a 3 on the left of center. I don't even know spouses who AGREE...it is all DEGREES.. deeper thinkers KNOW that...you can't pigeon hole anybody !!! I am pro- CHOICE on everything... smoking, guns, birth, RIGHT-to-die as I want, etc. etc. etc. AND to SUFFER ANY CONSEQUENCES of MY CHOICES ! ! More later.... gotts life, gotta run!


Posted by Unemployed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:06 am

No matter how one feels or believes, there are more than 1 way to slice the bologna or baloney! So, stop preaching to the 'other' side to win them over. We need to work out a compromise so we can thrive as a new species (melting pot of ideals and ideas.) Isn't this a fresh air for everyone to ponder.


Posted by Michele, a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:16 am

Geez... So much for attacking others, right??

Amy: You now know that you cannot start a political thread on this site without people attacking eachother. Nice try though & I totally support your attempt!

Parent of Two: No need to be confruntational all the time.

Suz e q: This thread was to discuss the difference between a Conservative and a Liberal. NOT Republican and Democrat, and no where in Brian's "blog quote" did he mention either party. Unfortunately, your personal attack on him (which is what it was) has little basis.


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

suz e q,

"Brian must have graduated from a leftist, heavy propogandist educational institution."

Yep...our stellar public school system. Yikes!!

Time to go private!!


Posted by Nosy Neighbors, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

It has almost come to the point now where the term Conservative is immediately to Republicans & Liberal the same to Democrats. Quite possible but let me offer this.

The modern "Republican" party has very little in common with the roots of the Conservative Movement that trace back to the late 50's & 60's but were given their true identity when Barry Goldwater began to define the US's role as a superior military force to defend against Communist aggression & socialist "infiltration" of our government. Remember this was during the cold war & we were either scared poopless of the Russians (chickens), were determined to defeat the Russians (hawks) or were ready to bow down & appease the Russians. (doves)

I believe the three primary & base tenants of Conservatism that Barry Goldwater laid down in his early political career & during his run for the presidency in 1964 were personal freedom, self-determinism & the individuals right to pursue their life in a manner that will further themselves & their families lot in life. A strong military & national defense. Finally, a weak central government that does not legislate social issues, overtax it's citizens, create obstacles & burdens to business & the states & local governments role in creating legislation that conforms to the immediate needs of the citizenry.

So yeah, while old Barry thought it would have been appropriate to bomb N. Vietnam & Cambodia into the stone age & arrest communist sympathizers here in the US, he also defended his own daughters right to have a (then illegal) abortion, citing that the government has no right to legislate a personal & morale decision. While Goldwater himself was against abortion he realized the Pandora's Box of sorts of what would happen if the US government were to step into our homes, our bedrooms & our private lives.

So while Barry lost it big time to LBJ, the conservative party could have rolled over & played dead but they had a good looking ex-actor from California waiting in the wings. It took over 10 years & a peanut farmer from Georgia but the rest is history.

Love him, hate him or revere him Ronald Reagan definitely put a face to the conservative movement. A strong military, check. Financial freedoms & limited taxation, check. Personal freedoms & governments lack of social control...no check. This is where most TRUE conservatives will tell you that the party itself was highjacked by the so called "christian right." While barely christian & never right (IMHO) this group of evangelicals were able to insert their hatred of homosexuals, abortion rights groups, the music industry (rock n' roll will kill ya you know) into Republican dogma. Note this is when I also stop referring to Conservatives as Republicans as it is where I also contest that during the 80's the Conservative movement lost it's sole & was sold out to the christian right & the emergence of what "Randy" termed the Neo-Con movement. This is where we can start arguing on whether the Trilateral Commission, CFR, World Bank, The Freemasons, Skull & Bones & the happening at Bohemian Grove have to do with holding the true keys to power in the US. I'll leave that up to Oliver Stone.

The Republican party that GWB vacated from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with is a mere shell of it's former self. A spend & spend, strong federal government. Strict social legislation. Strong military but a total lack of "REAL" protection of it's citizenry from illegal immigration, religious persecution & denial of personal freedoms. Hell, John F.Kennedy has more in common with the Conservative/Republican party of 2008 than John McInsane ever did!

Both parties current philosophies differ greatly & have been distorted by their willing counterparts in the media. Rush Limbaugh is NO CONSERVATIVE!!! He is a mouthpiece, a puppet & a knee-jerk reactionary for the Republican party. Same goes for most of your Fox faces. The same also applies for almost every NBC, ABC, CBS (& god forbid...PBS!!) mouthpiece too. Utter shills for the Democrat party. How else on the face of earth could have Barrack Hussein Obama could have ever been elected? A one term senator from the most corrupt state governmental machine in the US, a "social organizer", a slew of shady past acquaintances & the most left-minded, socialist leaning senator in the senate. Granted, after 8 years of Bushy the Democrats could have dug up & re-incarnated Adolf Hitler, shaved off his mustache, dressed him up in khaki's a blue blazer & red tie, called him "Addy" & still would have waltzed into the white house. The media gave B.H.O. a total hall pass though & criticized, mocked & maligned McCain the whole way.

So are all Con/Repubs' greedy, capitalist, christian, war mongering, hateful, checked pant wearing country clubbers?

Are Lib/Dem's all pro-gay, abortion, tax, peacenik, Grateful Dead listening, dope smoking, Prius driving social do-gooders?

I guess I'll let Brian & one of his (almost as long as my) diatribe decide that for you.

Peace out P-Town, see you on the green, glass of wine in my hand for Rock Explosion tonight!


Posted by Lamy, a resident of Avila
on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

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Posted by suz e q, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Brian made FLAT, blanket, STATEMENTS on conservatives as if they were facts, which they are NOT..Brian is confusing Religious Right
(like Nosy said, they are NEITHER) with conservatives..they are NOT interchangable. As a young person I supported 'MR. Conservative", Barry Goldwater in the '64 campaign. He was the strongest crusader for Thomas Jefferson's government,believing it has no right to legislate personal morality. He said he didn't care if a guy was straight, as long as he could shoot straight. I heard him say, to those who were early toying with MJ, join the Rep party, 'we don't legislate private behavior in your own home'. The Kennedy-Johnson Vietnam was going strong. Barry was angered so many American boys were losing their lives. To SAVE lives he wanted to bomb the Cong in NORTH Vietnam. Johnson ran a dirty campaign & was REelected... AND Johnson's war continued for years...losing 100s of thousands of American boys...needlessly. Conservatism was 25 yrs before the Religious Right. Most of today's Religious Right were not yet born or were still DEM Catholics at that time. Media intentionally confuse the two. Sadly they did hijack the Repub party. I wish they had stayed where they were, The pope has NO place in Tom Jefferson's government. They were emerging beneath the surface during Reagan years. When Pat Robertson ran in the primary, he used his $ & list of names to start the official hijacking of the party. I was a delegate at my first Nat'l Convention in Houston '92. Robertson organized taking over state Repub 'Parties" & sadly hammered Planned Parenthood Papa Bush into submission & defeat for the party... & his quote...I should have kicked they in the ass. & explaining how we got the son GW we did.
So, Brian, it's best to NOT mistakenly attempt to DEFINE from any OUTSIDER's position. None of your Whereas 's apply to REAL conservatives. I could agree with some regarding religious right.


Posted by suz e q, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Nosy, what a fabulous job! You are SO right about conservatives and you are SO accurate on all the MEDIA...who mostly hinder our democracy. Reporters are suppose to REPORT the NEWs... NOT 'BE' the news or biased advocates. That is NOT what Jefferson intended.
I still proudly keep my " Barry's Right " button that was printed for the '92 convention....as an elder he had given some great press
statements days before the convention...fiesty Barb Bush had too.
Whoever you are, you know from the inside, or you are very well studied on genuinely real conservative politics. You should help educate others...clearing up the many MISconceptions of people who really SHOULD KNOW BETTER. No matter what goes on 'inside' I still know I could never be in the party of Al Franken, Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, the female dog Pelosi, or corrupt ACORN.
I do know the expensive, green folly that we are not allowed to discuss cost or details; the bank breaking, quality destroying, socialist medical plan that we are not allowed to debate details like REAL cost, etc and a long list of reality that sadly, will come home to roost soon as methods are exposed....means we need a sensible, REAL conservative (note I did not say religious right) who hopefully will go another direction.



Posted by suz e q, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Nosy, what a fabulous job! You are SO right about conservatives and you are SO accurate on all the MEDIA...who mostly hinder our democracy. Reporters are suppose to REPORT the NEWs... NOT 'BE' the news or biased advocates. That is NOT what Jefferson intended.
I still proudly keep my " Barry's Right " button that was printed for the '92 convention....as an elder he had given some great press
statements days before the convention...fiesty Barb Bush had too.
Whoever you are, you know from the inside, or you are very well studied on genuinely real conservative politics. You should help educate others...clearing up the many MISconceptions of people who really SHOULD KNOW BETTER. No matter what goes on 'inside' I still know I could never be in the party of Al Franken, Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, the female dog Pelosi, or corrupt ACORN.
I do know the expensive, green folly that we are not allowed to discuss cost or details; the bank breaking, quality destroying, socialist medical plan that we are not allowed to debate details like REAL cost, etc and a long list of reality that sadly, will come home to roost soon as methods are exposed....means we need a sensible, REAL conservative (note I did not say religious right) who hopefully will go another direction.



Posted by Mr. Soccer, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Nosy for President!!! I'm there!! I so agree with all you say. Why are there not more like us!!

Off to soccer practice with my daughter.
Thank You for all you said!

Business owner and True American!!! USA! USA! USA!

Mr Soccer


Posted by Educated Liberal, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm

A couple of comments:
While conservatism and the religious right may not have started out together, they are very much intertwined today, and it's got nothing to do with the media and everything to do with the current conservative values platform and vote courting. Oh, how I wish today's conservatism could go back to how it used to be, but it can't, and that's a route conservative leaders have taken the movement.
To imply that President Obama could not have been elected without the "liberal" media is to be a sore loser (and the reference to Hitler utterly tasteless). McCain was portrayed very favorably by the media and liked by more liberals than any other republican candidate in recent memory. He just didn't run a winning campaign. That's it. President Obama won because your fellow citizens voted him in.


Posted by Neo-Libertarian?, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm

OK Nosy, the Hitler comment was a tad bit from left field but c'mon folks. Bush totally screwed the pooch for the GOP for probably the next 8-10 years & while yes, the Dem's could have run pretty much anybody (how the Chosen One beat out Hillary I still can't figure out) against anybody the Republicans put up (including a resurrected Ronald Reagan for that matter) & soundly trounced him or her. How Barrack managed to win bu the pseudo-slim margin he did win by amazes me as well. I know too many of my GOP leaning friends that beat a hasty retreat from the fray vowing never to return until clearer heads were in control of the party & I'm one of them.

Hitler in a blue blazer...LOL!!!!


Posted by Regg, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

No, that is generally not possible, because with liberals you either agree with them or your the enemy. They can't make rational arguments to support their positions, so they resort to vicious personal attacks.


Posted by Jon, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Regg,

Why can't we all just get along? Many lib/dem's would adamantly say the EXACT same thing about Conservative/Republicans!
Are we ALL really that narrow and can we all be put in such a box?

I REALLY feel that the conservatives went ballistic when Obama won and the overall agenda is a full steam mission to invalidate and discredit anything, or anyone who believes differently than them.

The dems/libs put up with eight years of an administration that really hurt our economy and world standing severally.

Just how much sense does that make?

These attacks and this public outcry was not the norm, while Bush was in office.

There was some of that and dems were not happy, but the level of anger has escalated severally as a result of the republican/conservatives loosing the election.

Bush had a TOTALLY socialist agenda, it was just in OTHER Countries, while he did NOTHING productive in the U.S.

BIG BUSINESS, ie: Wall Street, bankers and the auto industry ran amuck, unfettered, and the world economy tanked!

NOW that Obama is in power, it's ALL his FAULT!


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