Liberal vs Conservative, Do You Know What You Stand For?
REGIONAL – There are only a few months until the 2016 Primary Election and less than four months until we decide who will be the next President of the United States. That means voters on both sides of the aisle and those standing in the middle are preparing to cast votes for the candidates they think are right for the Country.
Immigration, National Security, and Gun Control top off the list of contentious debate; forcing the gap between the Left and Right to widen, and leaving the middle to fall into the abyss.
Earlier this week we reported the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to uphold a wide-reaching gun ban on individuals convicted misdemeanor domestic battery. The article drew fire from viewers who claimed the article was opinionated because we pointed out that Liberals support increased gun control.
Historically RNRF only covers politics when election cycles draw near. For example, a few weeks ago we interviewed County Commissioner Candidate Mike LaRocca who is challenging incumbent Nick Nicholson. Last week we met with candidate Justin Grabelle who is running for Rep. Rich Nugent’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Over the next few months we plan to meet with other local candidates and most likely report on issues that affect our community, State, and Federal Governments.
As a prelude to our coverage of the upcoming election, we’ve decided to provide a list of principles that each side represents. This will help individuals who aren’t quite sure where they stand, make a more informed decision before they pull the lever.
Keep in mind that Democrats generally hold Liberal (L) values and Republicans hold Conservative (C) values.
Liberals believe in large government to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.
For example: Liberals believe the rich should pay upwards of 90% in federal taxes, so that government can provide free healthcare, college tuition and increase the minimum wage.
Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. They believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
For example: Conservatives believe in limiting taxation and regulations that prevent small businesses from flourishing.
Liberal: A woman has the right to decide what happens with her body. A fetus is not a human life, so it does not have separate individual rights. The government should provide taxpayer funded abortions for women who cannot afford them. The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right. Women have the right to affordable, safe and legal abortions, including partial birth abortion.
Conservative: Human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being. An unborn baby, as a living human being, has separate rights from those of the mother. Oppose taxpayer-funded abortion and believe the Taxpayer dollars should not be used for the government to provide abortions.
Liberal: Global warming is caused by an increased production of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). the U.S. is a major contributor to global warming because it produces 25% of the world’s carbon dioxide. Proposed laws to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. are urgently needed and should be enacted immediately to save the planet.
Conservative: Change in global temperature is natural over long periods of time. Science has not shown that humans can affect permanent change to the earth’s temperature. Proposed laws to reduce carbon emissions will do nothing to help the environment and will cause significant price increases for all. Many reputable scientists support this theory.
Liberal: The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia (National Guard). Individuals do not need guns for protection; it is the role of local and federal government to protect the people through law enforcement agencies and the military. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns. More guns mean more violence.
For example: Liberals believe that if there are more restrictions on guns, the number of gun related violence will decrease.
Conservative: The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws – additional laws will not lower gun crime rates. What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.
For example: Conservatives say no matter how much regulation is in place, criminals will still have guns and law abiding citizens will not be able to protect themselves.
WAR ON TERROR
Liberal: Global warming, not terrorism, poses the greatest threat to the U.S., according to Democrats in Congress. Terrorism is a result of arrogant U.S. foreign policy. Good diplomacy is the best way to deal with terrorism. Relying on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.
Conservative: Terrorism poses one of the greatest threats to the U.S. The world toward which the militant Islamists strive cannot peacefully co-exist with the Western world. In the last decade, militant Islamists have repeatedly attacked Americans and American interests here and abroad. Terrorists must be stopped and destroyed. The use of intelligence-gathering and military force are the best ways to defeat terrorism around the world.
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