Conservative or Liberal

In: Social Issues

Submitted By khighto6
Words 542
Pages 3
Kimberly
English 1101
20 Sept. 2008

Unfortunately, many people in today’s society are extremely ignorant to the basic knowledge of politics. They have no idea whether they are a conservative or a liberal. There is also a good chance that they have put little thought into formulating views on the controversies between the parties. Before people are able to even do those things they must first know what a conservative is and how they are differ from liberals.
A conservative party is a political group that is committed to preserving what they consider “good” in their country. In the United States, conservatives generally favor limited government, public morality and free enterprise. They are usually right wing politicians who hold traditional values like respect for family. Conservatives tend to be very patriotic and prefer a large role for military to provide security for society. Some of the principles they adhere to are strong national defense, return of prayer in school, prohibition of abortion, and choice in education. They also believe that marriage should take place between a man and a woman. Many conservatives express strong feelings about the sanctity of life. Conservatives generally value individual accomplishment and are opposed to government involvement. They do not believe that it is the job of the government to solve problems of society with costly policies such as mandatory health care.
Simply put liberals think that the government should take care of the people and conservatives believe that people can take care of themselves. Liberals think that the solution to a problem is just another government program; however, conservatives describe the government as inefficient, wasteful, and power hungry. Conservatives also believe in the right to bear arms unlike liberals who think that they can prevent crime by taking arms away from citizens.…...

Similar Documents

Conservative One Nation Principles

...Conservatives one nation principles Conservatives after Macmillan haven't supported the growth of trade unions, citing Margaret Thatcher and the crushing of the Skargill strikes in 1984 is the best example that the modern Conservative party has not supported this aspect of one nation. They didn’t support it because strikes are genuinely unpopular, even if one supports the message behind the strike you are still not going to like the inconvenience it causes furthermore the Conservatives are funded by individuals and business and not by unions so it would be politically damaging to support increased union power. it could be argued that Thatcher didn't support Mixed Economy at all, as a neo-liberal she advocated the power of the free market and advocated privatisation something that continued with her successor, John Major e.g. Nationalisation of British Rail in 1994. However the current banking crisis and the admission of the Tories that nationalising banks was the right thing to do may indicate a certain support for a mixed economy at times. After WW2, an empire was simply not feasible, however the Conservatives have supported the maintenance of a certain number of colonies hence the reason we went to war over the Falklands in 1982. Reason? National outcry at Argentinian aggression, traditional sentiment over the empire days. I would argue that apart from Macmillan's drive to reluctantly support High Public Spending, his successors have all been against this,......

Words: 263 - Pages: 2

Conservative or Liberal: My Choice

...Conservative or Liberal: My Choice Angela J Flemister Liberty University Conservative or Liberal: My Choice A political ideology is a closely linked set of beliefs about politics. Political ideologies offer their adherents well organized theories that propose goals for the society and the means by which those goals can be achieved. (Americian Government pg.18) The two most common ideologies that come to my mind are the conservatism and liberalism, to in nonprofessional terms Republican and Democrat. The two parties differ in what they believe. The beliefs of one are totally opposite to the next. George Lakoff (Moral Politics) penned this book which simply asks “How Liberals and Conservatives think. In my reading of some of the book I was able to easily identify my personal political ideology immediately. Professor Whitham instructed class to research the elected officials in my district. Phil Gingrey and David Scott. The two could not be anymore different than they actually are as Congressman Gingrey is white and Congressman Scott is black. The color of the skin really should not matter but honestly we all know that at some point in time when an issue is presented and needs to be addressed by a vote there is some wrangling be it truth or not, race intervenes. The voting records of my elected officials provided an insight to their ideologies. By viewing the many interest groups it became evident that there is not a non-partisan accumulation of the facts. ......

Words: 1072 - Pages: 5

Liberal Media

...affirmative that mainstream media does have a liberal, leftist bias. This media which includes major traditional mainstream news networks and newspapers have had a long standing liberal bias. In the video that was viewed in class, which was made in 2001 the author Justin Lewis was even claiming that the media had been very heavy left bias in the years past. It has only continued to increase for the liberal bias throughout the years. This can be seen by not only the coverage, but also by the past publicly expressed of political opinions of most major reporters, anchors, producers, etc. The dictionary defines a liberal as a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties. It also defines a leftist as an outlook or specific position that accepts or supports social equality, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. It usually involves a concern for those in society who are disadvantaged relative to others and an assumption that there are unjustified inequalities, which right-wing politics views as natural or traditional that needs to be reduced or abolished. In this paper I will affirm the argument that is made by Mr. Lewis in favor for a liberal media. In the beginning of the video Lewis......

Words: 1075 - Pages: 5

Conservative

...           Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives  In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party and began to steer it towards what many have dubbed ÔThatcherismÕ. Margaret Thatcher believed in radical change, individuality, and a strong Government that enforces the law, rather than interfering in the economy. She was also opposed to the welfare state. In many ways, her ideology was broadly similar to classical liberalism, and many theorists see her ideology as neo-liberalism. Under her rule, the Conservatives were no longer truly conservative, as conservatives are usually opposed to too much individualism and liberty, and definitely do not want radical change. However, in terms of morality they remained staunchly conservative, believing strongly in the family and in law and order. It can be said then that the Conservative Party had become economically liberal but morally conservative.  The Modern Conservative Party  This Classical liberal ideology is still prevalent in todayÕs Conservative Party. Consecutive leaders after Thatcher have all stayed relatively true to her reforms of the party and its ideology, believing in economic classical liberalism. However, in recent times they have struggled to get their message across as supposedly they are liberals, and yet are often against homosexuality, drugs and immigration-ideas which are much more right wing and against the very principles of Liberalism. This has led to a decline in their support, as......

Words: 1689 - Pages: 7

Conservative Issues

...Government Mr. Allen 3/26/14 Public Opinion Essay (Conservative) Being raised in a Hispanic Catholic Home I do highly believe I am a conservative. While thinking it through it came to mind that it may be because of how I was and am being raised or perhaps my religion or possibly even my race. Then it came to mind that being a Hispanic girl raised with Hispanic parents in a strongly enforced catholic home has greatly influenced my beliefs. We all want the same things in life.  We want freedom; we want the chance for prosperity; we want as few people suffering as possible; we want healthy children; we want to have crime-free streets. Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense.  We 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. There are several topics in which my belief of me classified as a conservative is put up to its meaning for example Abortion a Liberal would believe that 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 decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right. However a Conservative would argue that a Human life begins......

Words: 932 - Pages: 4

The Conservative Mind

...Russell Kirk, an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author was a major influence to modern conservatism. While he produced many quality pieces, he is best known for his most famous work, The Conservative Mind. According to modern conservatsists, Kirk’s novel was a heavily influential piece that ultimately shaped conservatism in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He really pinpointed the exact morals behind conservatism, pulling proposals and theories from other great conservatist minds. Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind truly captured the journey of conservatism, proving that with a foundation of tradition and the main ideals, nothing can knock down a conservatist, and nothing will every change them. In the very first chapter, Kirk devotes a few pages to what he views as the pain ideas behind conservatism. Known as Kirk’s canons, he proposes six statements that he feels best represent conservatism. The first canon, “Belief in a transcendent order, or body of natural law, which rules society as well as conscience. Political problems, at bottom, are religious and moral problems. A narrow rationality, what Coleridge called the Understanding, cannot of itself satisfy human needs. ‘every Tory is a realist,’ says Keith Feiling: ‘he knows that there are great forces in heaven and earth that man’s philosophy cannot plumb or fathom.’ True politics is the art of apprehending and applying the Justice which ought......

Words: 4685 - Pages: 19

Liberal Arts

...Victoria Roberts Mr. Riggs Comp I 1013-107 10 September 2014 “The New Liberal Arts” Summary In his dissertation “The New Liberal Arts”, Sanford J. Ungar argues the necessity of a liberal arts education rather than a career based one through the economic downturn and the scrutiny it withstands, supporting his theme with seven claims of misconceptions and followed by his contrast to the collective beliefs. The first misinterpretation stems from the idea that “A liberal-arts degree is a luxury that most families can no longer afford. “Career education” is what we now must focus on” (190). Ungar trails the claim with a concession to why some may think that in regards to the current economic recession, but he puts that statement to rest. Ungar lays out the idea that a liberal arts education can actually be a wiser investment for a post-secondary student as far as the “understanding of the complex influences that shape the world we live in” (191). Careers can cultivate and extinguish throughout the years, therefore, a career based education would not properly prepare for the jobs of the future. A strong furtherance into the workforce concerns comes the second misunderstanding. It states “College graduates are finding it harder to get good jobs with liberal degrees” (192). Ungar proffers the truthfulness of the statement replying “Yes, recent graduates have had difficulty in the job market, but the recession has not differentiated among major fields of study in its impact”......

Words: 732 - Pages: 3

Religion as a Conservative Force

...Religion is generally described as either a conservative force or a force for change within society. If religion is a conservative force, it means that it leaves society unchanged and functions to maintain the status quo. This is seen as a good thing by many theorists but undesirable by others. In contrast, religion as a force for change within society means that it is an active force that changes society. Functionalist, Marxists and Feminists would view religion as a conservative force, whereas, Neo-Marxists and those who support Weber’s view of religion, would see it as a force for social change. Functionalists see religion as a good conservative force in society. For example, after studying the Aborigines, Durkheim, a consensus theorist, concluded that it promoted collective consciousness, integration and social solidarity. Malinowski, who studied the Trobriand Islanders, found that religion is what helped believers during the crises of life - birth, death and marriage - these events caused stress and anxiety and religion helps the individual deal with these emotions, the individual is then stabilised and any threat the unstable individual might have posed to the group is wiped away. In contrast to Durkheim and Malinowski, Parsons claimed that religion promotes consensus by doing two things; it answers the big questions in life and society’s laws usually reflect religious laws. For example, questions like ‘how was the earth created?’ and ‘is there life after death?’......

Words: 689 - Pages: 3

A Conservative Revolution

...A Conservative Revolution Whether the American Revolution should be viewed as a conservative or radical movement is a hotly debated topic among historians, and each side provides a convincing case. Historians who view the movement as radical praise the colonists’ effort to send the British crown’s rule and effective implementation of a democratic government to the extent the world had never seen before. On the other hand, historians who view the American Revolution as a conservative movement note that Americans inherited the freest democratic society in the world, and see the movement as an inevitable breakaway from the British crown. Due to the subtlety of change within the government structure as a result of the preexisting democratic framework and the small percentage of the population that actually gained utility from these efforts, the American Revolution can be viewed as less of a radical revolution and more of a conservative movement by white male colonists to continue to exercise a form of democratic government they had had before King George started further implementing oppressive British policies. Louis Hartz highlights characteristics that not only make the American Revolution unique from other revolutions around the world, but also more conservative in comparison. Hartz claims that America was a unique case because the Revolutionary effort was not an “effort to build a new society on the ruins of an old society,”1 as all other revolutions of the time were, but......

Words: 1515 - Pages: 7

Liberal View

...Wesley Bentley Mr. Manning English 1301-29 November 16, 2011 The Liberal View The Nation is a magazine based out of New York that writes about many different things such as music, arts, and politics. It is a very Liberal, or left wing, magazine that asserts its opinion very strongly through almost every article it writes. “The Border Patrol State” is an article written by Leslie Marie Silko about New Mexico and the border patrol problems that occur among many other topics that also include racial profiling or discrimination. The article “The Border Patrol State” will effectively persuade the target audience of The Nation because they both express the same views and have the same general audience. The article written by Silko expresses her views and a couple anecdotes that show what happened to her and a friend while on a road trip in the middle of New Mexico, far away from any border what so ever. She was stopped by the Border Patrol for a border check and then treated very rudely and suspiciously for no reason. They were asked if the were “looking for any trouble” even though they had done nothing wrong (Silko 1). She was randomly searched by the Border Patrol dog, which didn’t respect its owners because they didn’t treat it well. Luckily the dog and she made a secret connection with each other and the dog didn’t rat her out for having some medical marijuana in her possession. Somehow they made a bond with one another because they have both been abused by...

Words: 693 - Pages: 3

Conservative vs Liberal Healthcare

...National Health Care: Conservative vs. Liberal Views Health Care in the United States has been a hot topic of debate between conservatives and liberals over the years of President Obama’s presidency because in 2010 Obama implemented the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA consists of two pieces of legislation with the goal of expanding health care to all Americans while providing equal care to all regardless of age, social status, and preexisting conditions. These goals are aligned with a liberal viewpoint, which most Democrats are in favor of. The ACA was met with heavy opposition from the Republican side which skews toward a conservative view for health care. Conservatives believe in a more privatized health care system with less government intervention to lower costs and increase the overall quality of health care thru competition. Obama Care has had its issues with implementation and administration rather than its liberal ideology and its goals, but I believe the solution to a successful healthcare policy lies with the conservative viewpoint leading to a more efficient system. Liberals main concern with health care in a conservative system is that it unfairly gives advantages to the middle and upper class. “Elements of the liberal health care perspective include a belief that health care is an equal right of all people, the implementation of that right through a social insurance system that provides universal health coverage, equitable financing of health care, and a...

Words: 771 - Pages: 4

Conservative

...To what extent is religion a Conservative Force? (33) Religion could be seen as a Conservative Force from different perspectives such as: Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism. However, other perspectives disagree with this and see religion as a Force for Social Change. There are different ways in which sociologists define religion. There is a substantive definition, and functional definition and a social constructionist definition. Substantive definitions focus on the content or substance of religion belief such as the belief in God or the supernatural. Functional definitions focus on the psychological functions it performs for the individuals or society. Social constructionists focus on how the members of society define religion themselves: they argue that it is impossible to produce a single universal definition of religion to cover all cases because different people have different definitions of religion. Religion can be seen as a conservative force in two different senses: it is seen as conservative in the sense of being ‘traditional’ as it upholds traditional beliefs about how society should be organised. It is also seen as conservative as it functions to preserve things as they are. Functionalists see society as a system of interrelated parts or social institutions. Each institution performs certain functions which each contribute to maintaining the social system by maintaining a need. The key feature of religion was not a belief in Gods, Spirits or the Supernatural,...

Words: 1346 - Pages: 6

Conservative Rise and Fall

...The rise and Fall of the Conservative The election gave Harper's Conservatives the largest number of seats in the House, although not enough for a majority government, and shortly after midnight on January 24, Martin conceded defeat. Later that day, Martin informed Governor General Michaëlle Jean that he would resign as Prime Minister, and at 6:45 p.m. Jean asked Harper to form a government. Harper was sworn in as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister on February 6, 2006 Harper's Conservative Party won a stronger minority in the October 2008 federal election, showing a small increase in the percentage of the popular vote and increased representation in the Canadian House of Commons with 143 of 308 seats. The 40th Canadian Parliament was dissolved in March 2011 after a no-confidence vote was passed by the opposition parties. On October 14, 2008, after a 5 week long campaign, the Conservative Party won a federal election and increased its number of seats in parliament to 143, up from 127 at the dissolution of the previous parliament; however, the actual popular vote among Canadians dropped slightly by 167,494 votes. As a result of the lowest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history, this represented only 22% of eligible Canadian voters, the lowest level of support of any winning party in Canadian history.[94] Meanwhile, the number of opposition Liberal MPs fell from 95 to 77 seats. It takes 155 MPs to form a majority government in Canada's 308 seat Parliament. 2008 Parliamentary......

Words: 406 - Pages: 2

Same-Sex Marriage: Liberals vs. Conservatives

...Same-sex Marriage: Liberals vs. Conservatives The political issue of same-sex marriage has become one of the most popular issues that our society has ever dealt with. Last year in 2012, it was considered one of the top political issues of the year. Same-sex marriage is the marriage of two people of the same biological gender and/or gender identity. Supporters of same-sex marriage will also use the term marriage equality when discussing same-sex marriage. Currently, there are countless amounts of people who are working to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. There are also countless amounts of people who are against legalizing same-sex marriage. Should two people of the same sex be allowed to get married? Liberals and conservatives have two very different answers to that question. When discussing an ideology’s view on a certain topic, it is important to refer back to the core themes of that ideology. The core themes of liberalism are: the individual, freedom, reason, justice, and toleration. The core themes of conservatism are: tradition, human imperfection, organic society, hierarchy and authority, and property. When asking a liberal if same-sex marriage should be legalized, their answer would most likely be yes. Liberals believe that marriage is a union between two people that love each other. It should not matter if that marriage is between two people of the same sex as long as they love one another. To ensure equality for everybody, they believe that......

Words: 1155 - Pages: 5

What Is the Conservative View of Pragmatism

...ideological objectives. Traditional conservatives have undoubtedly favoured pragmatism over principle. The basis for this position is the belief that human beings are intellectually limited. The world is simply too complicated for human reason to fully grasp, hence the belief that the political world is ‘boundless and bottomless’. Traditional conservatives are therefore suspicious of abstract ideas and systems of thought that claim to understand what is simply incomprehensible. They prefer to ground their ideas in tradition, experience and history, adopting a cautious, moderate and above all pragmatic approach to the world, and avoiding, if at all possible, doctrinaire or dogmatic beliefs. Principles such as ‘rights of man’, ‘equality’ and ‘social justice’ are fraught with danger because they provide a blueprint for the reform or remodelling of the world, and all such blueprints are unreliable. Pragmatism thus ensures that ‘the cure is not worse than the disease’. This emphasis on pragmatism can be illustrated by the development of the One Nation tradition. As deepening social inequality contains the seeds of revolution, conservatives came to recognise that prudent social reform was the best protection against the danger of popular insurrection. A pragmatic concern to alleviate poverty is therefore in the interests of the rich and prosperous. However, the rise of the liberal New Right challenges this emphasis on pragmatism. The liberal New Right adopts a principled......

Words: 353 - Pages: 2

Ficção | The Handmaid’s Tale | HD The Scorpion King: Book of Souls