I recently had discussions about what exactly does conservative and liberal mean in a political sense.
We have varying interpretations, so as a political independent, I started to research the subject from various political viewpoints, right wing, left wing, democrat, republican and independent. My interest was based on what appears to be increasing hate speech on both sides and a widening of the political interpretations amid ridiculous labeling, like “You watch MSNBC, you’re a Communist” or “You believe the false news on Fox, then you’re a white supremacist Nazi lover.”
Too much polarization and hatred I told my friends. I don’t think either statement is correct.
Research shows John F. Kennedy, the nation’s first Catholic president, considered himself as a liberal and defined being a liberal…”someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people, their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties…”
George Washington stated… “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
But, what about being a Conservative? A Republican Senator recently stated… “I believe being a conservative is measured and reliable. Conservative foreign policy is where you embrace your allies and recognize your enemies,” but also stated, “That’s a long way from where we are today.”
Google defines conservatism as any political philosophy that favors tradition (in the sense of various religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs) in the face of external forces for change, and is critical of proposals for radical social change.
A person can have conservative ideas and liberal ideas regarding certain subjects. What does that make that person? Politically independent?
Personally, I lean towards conservative thinking when it comes to fiscal responsibility. I don’t like our government spending money that we have to borrow. So I’m wondering why my conservative friends are supporting a proposed tax reform that will reincorporate trickle-down economics by increasing the deficit. They talk about a tax break for the middle class (Oh, they will throw us a few bones), yet they really want to lower the corporate rate from 35 to 20%.
Because we are told that the US has the highest corporate tax in the world and that we are non-competitive. What they say is very misleading, to say the least. The effective US corporate tax rate is 18.7% due to the many varied deductions and write-offs in our current corporate tax code. This proposal seems to be just a trillion dollar tax break for the super wealthy, who own most of the corporate wealth in the U.S.
They will increase the public debt to cover this tax decrease for the wealthy by 1.7 trillion dollars. All Americans (mostly the middle class) will have to pay back… plus interest.
Call my liberal friends tax and spend Democrats. I’m wondering if we should call my conservative friends borrow and spend Republicans. In a booming economy like we have had for the last eight years, it is absolutely not necessary to borrow more money to stimulate the economy. The proponents say that will make our economy stronger and create more jobs.
We can’t fill the jobs now and Trump wants to cut legal immigration in half.
Doesn’t make sense to me.