The American division between Conservatism and Liberalism is greater than ever, and the divide appears to be widening. A clean divide between the two isms would be impossible as there is much overlapping on individual bases, however, observations can be made. Most of us are nurtured into our way of thinking from our parents and various other influences. But nature may also play a part, we may be born with a brain that has a natural propensity favoring conservative or liberal behaviors and social views.
Living on a deserted jungle island would relegate us to the consequences from our own decisions and behaviors based on nature’s physical laws for survival, a lifestyle requiring self-reliance without the protective claim of “inalienable rights”…if you didn’t hunt, you didn’t eat. Surviving in a social environment requires a different set of skills in a different kind of jungle.
The problem for lawmakers today is trying to satisfy everybody’s ideas for a fair legal & economic system, and where to draw the line between what the takers should take from the system and what the givers should give. Striking a balance between individual self-interests and social cooperation is challenging. Today we seem to be producing more eaters than hunters. Our society today seems more prone to accept government’s easier quick fixes in our lives rather than decisions regarding future consequences. It’s been pay me now or pay me later…but, now is later! Our bad economy now may be skewing any traditional ideals for correct fixes, or maybe it’s been the quick fixes and treating the symptoms that have skewed the economy.
So what’s the problem? The non-religious liberal wants to enlighten us to a more progressive lifestyle, one that claims more fulfillment, being less judgemental, and more tolerant. But since there is no God in their beliefs, there is no basis for morality or divine retribution. On the other hand, the religious conservative believes that retribution on this planet is mostly self-inflicted by our own bad behaviors. The religious have a concern for our moral wellbeing, but also have a stronger affinity with our Constitutional Laws since they are based on traditional Judeo-Christian principals, ones that lend themselves more to conservative human comportment, and also promising the best odds for a fulfilling life. In this country the non-religious liberal thinker might be bucking the mainstream of traditional ideas by our forefathers, and throwing out the baby with the bathwater in rejecting the better odds promised by morality.
But alas, the times they are a changin’. It seems now that one liberal montra is about political correctness. Conservatives believe political correctness is a charade since political correctness is more about nomenclature than essence, an attempt to display caring instead of accuracy, and a technique to channel our thinking. Shades of George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty Four describing his fears of what a liberal democracy might become. The latest talk about correctness is to change the name of the NFL football team Washington Redskins because it’s racist and may offend American Indians. Attempting to show concern about red skin color seems more racist, and an attempt to white-wash our history of killing off and displacing the American Indian from their homeland is belated and divisive. The American Indian ideals about honoring and protecting the land and nature are much revered, a reverence most of us have disregarded and lost. Cowboys and Indians in all their narratives are an American tradition, an indelible history whether we like it or not. Maybe we should change the name of the Dallas Cowboys so as not to offend the ranchers and cattlemen.
Inevitably this discussion moves to politics. The Democratic party now in power appears fraught with problems in its leadership style and the finger is pointing in the direction of liberalism: with the contempt of Congress charges against Eric Holder Attorney General; contempt of Congress charged against Lois Learner head of the IRS; the Benghazi fiasco misrepresenting the cause as a YouTube video – possibly an attempt to mitigate failed political policies declaring that al Qaeda terrorists are “on the run”; the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius because of the failed website for ObamaCare. ObamaCare itself is seemingly headed for more dysfunction by making it a unilateral liberal agenda and has riddled it with competition and stubborn defenses not conducive to cooperative problem solving. And now the Veterans Administration scandal where vets have died while waiting months for doctor appointments. The liberal democratic leadership seems to be collapsing all around us under the weight of reason, and further burdened by stubborn party loyalties. President Obama’s heart may have been in the right place by wanting to fix healthcare, we need it. But in reality it became more about social control, taxes, and politics.
Politics has always had corruption, it’s business as usual. However, it now begs the question of which is better, liberal or conservative thinking in leadership. The liberal mentality is that we should all be equal and all deserve the same, the “Haves” should have less, the “Have-less” should have more, and the “Have-enoughs” should be satisfied with enough…and this should be determined by our government with a minimum wage, entitlements for the misbegotten, bailouts for the misbehaved, and a social order in which Constitutional laws are no longer inviolate.
The answer is moderation in all things, and a return to our natural ability to reason beyond nurturing. What’s best for We the People, not They the Government, a return to preserving natural human incentives for achievement. The incompetence showing up in government today is so severe it has widened the political divide and it may get even wider as this bad economy garners more votes for an entitlement-leaning liberal government. It’s time for the government to show a little more tough-love in leadership and a little less pity. But that’s contrary to the idea of being judgemenal and accountable in liberal leadership, now the culprits are simply put on administrative leave…with pay. Our leadership’s idea of getting to the bottom of things seems simply means eventually sinking out of sight. The famous English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy once wrote about “The great inviolate place had an ancient permanence which the sea cannot claim.” He was not writing about America.