I Am A Conservative
I am a proud Conservative. I am more patriotic to America than those on the Left. I stand for innovation, ambition and success. I stand for Corporate America because it is the corporations that make this country strong. Corporations are job creators so the more favor we give them in the form of deregulation and tax cuts, the more we enable them to create additional jobs. I believe that all people are not only created equal as guaranteed by our Constitution, they are also created the same. Therefore, I believe that if someone doesn't achieve success, they are either lazy or have made bad choices. I should not be expected to pay for someone else's inadequacies. They simply need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and make something of themselves. In a capitalist society, everyone must take responsibility for their actions. If you screw up, you must pay the consequences.
I believe corporations should have all the same rights as individuals and based on our freedom of speech as guaranteed in the first amendment, should be allowed to make unrestricted contributions to political campaigns as our way of expressing support for our conservative viewpoint. This is part of our free market, capitalist society.
In a true capitalist society, our educational, infrastructure, healthcare systems and more should be privately owned and operated as opposed to run by the government. Certainly a profit driven business will do a better job than the government in a competitive environment. This will make certain we get the biggest bang for our buck.
I believe that unions have outlived their usefulness. Unions can only drive up costs which will have negative consequences in our competitive pricing. We must maintain an edge or get priced out of the marketplace. As long as we remain competitive, we can create jobs.
Corporate executives must be well compensated in order to attract the most qualified personnel. It's a dog eat dog world out there and finding the right people to run a business ends up in an extremely competitive bidding war. In addition, since corporate executives and wealthy Americans pay so much more in total taxes than the working class, they should receive additional tax breaks.
I am a Christian and I believe in Christian values. I believe a fetus has a soul at the point of conception and to abort is tantamount to murder. I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman exclusively, based on my Christian values which dictate that homosexuality is wrong. I believe, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior will live in eternal bliss and anyone who does not will rot in hell. Based on my religious beliefs, it's only proper that I push for legislation which supports my values.
I believe only God has the power to change our environment and global warming caused by humans is a myth. Any "scientist who claims that global warming is caused by man has a liberal agenda. Therefore, any subsidizing of green energy projects must be stopped. We have vast resources to draw from including oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear.
I believe America has a right to all resources in the world and that guaranteeing our access to them is worth fighting for. We cannot allow some little renegade dictatorship to prevent us from having access to resources that are in our vital interests. Financing our military is paramount to our success as a society. Only through imposing power militarily can we ensure peace in the world and access to resources we currently need or will need in the future.
I stand for the single correct way of doing things which will benefit all. There is the Conservative way and there is the wrong way.
I Am A Liberal
I am a proud Liberal. I tend to not give much thought to whether or not someone is more patriotic than I. I don't see patriotism as a contest. I am just a patriot. I too, stand for innovation, ambition and success. I wish the best for our corporations but I believe what makes America strong is our people as opposed to corporations. I believe, since corporations' only reason for being in business is to make money, they must be regulated to ensure the safety of people who work for them, for those who buy their products and those who may be negatively affected by their actions. I believe our corporations must have a stake in the game and should pay a fair share of federal taxes because they enjoy benefits from services we all pay for. I believe all people are created equal but not the same. There are many who, through no fault of their own, don't have the skills, the aggressiveness, the education, knowledge, intellect, mindset or the willingness to take risks to simply pull themselves up by the bootstraps. I believe in a one for all, all for one society where people who need a helping hand can get the necessary aid to help them get on their feet. I believe American workers are not delusional and do not think they should be paid executive wages for what they do. They are not jealous of the wealthy. They'd just like to be fairly paid for the work they do and when a company is prosperous, they feel entitled to adequate increases in compensation for having been part of the company's success as opposed to seeing all the benefit go to the top while they lose due to increases in costs of living. I believe that Conservative philosophy which dictates that anyone who isn't "making it" is either lazy or has made bad decisions is a subjective statement that actually says, "if you haven't achieved the same level of success as the wealthiest man in the world (Bill Gates) you are a failure which make everyone a failure except for Bill Gates." That just proves that laziness and bad choices vary with every individual. Why aren't all Conservatives as wealthy as Bill Gates?...laziness?...bad decisions?
I believe corporations are not the same as people. Corporations cannot vote, they cannot be executed, they cannot be drug tested, etc. They are not people. I believe, when a corporation or individual is allowed to contribute so much money to a political campaign that they become noticed, it allows the contributors to unfairly influence legislation. It is a blatant conflict of interests. It is bribery and it must be outlawed.
Private enterprise, which is strictly motivated by profit must not be allowed to own our infrastructure, educational or healthcare systems. When a private enterprise is wholly committed to profit, they will cut corners to increase their bottom line. Cutting corners to increase profits is a recipe for deterioration of these essentials which provide the foundation for the continued success of America, not just for now, but especially in the long run. Because of the ownership of these necessities, there would be no competition and little or no recourse for the masses in the event of failure.
I believe that unions are an essential element to ensure fairness to workers by making certain the people who do the work which brings profit, get to share in part of it. Workers have an investment whether they are employed by private enterprise or the government. They invest their time, their education, their experience and their expertise in the same way executives bring what they have to offer to the bargaining table. I believe that in the exact same way executives negotiate salary and benefits, workers must have those same rights collectively. Collective bargaining with our legislators is something corporate executives count on. They are allowed to bargain through their lobbying efforts. They do so as individuals, individual corporations and as lobbying groups from small and large business associations. Public and private employees must be granted the same collective bargaining rights. When corporate executives are far outpacing their employees in terms of wage increases and especially when workers are actually losing income due to rising costs of living, workers have little recourse without the aid of collective negotiations to guarantee a return on their investment. Workers are contract labor after all, individual entrepreneurs if you will, who gain power through numbers not at all unlike business associations. Raising employee wages may increase pricing but paying exorbitant executive salaries has exactly the same effect. I believe, since we all have an investment, a better form of balance must be achieved for workers to maintain a proper attitude toward their work, their employers and ultimately, toward America. In addition, America once provided the highest quality goods and services found anywhere in the world. By fighting a "price" war as we are currently doing, we become no better than any other country that wants to compete with us. Quality should be the backbone of America as it once was - not price. Most everyone is willing to pay a little more for a better mouse trap.
I believe anyone in this country should have the right to make as much money as they can, however I believe it's a crime to allow the wealthy to pay a lower percentage of their incomes in taxes than the working class. It's unimaginable that despite their already low tax rates and tax loopholes, the wealthy want even more at the expense of their workers.
Similar to Conservatives, I am most often Christian and believe in Christian values but I believe that anyone has a right to choose their own beliefs without fear of prejudice, persecution or any kind of negative consequences as guaranteed in our Constitution. I believe individuals have the right to make decisions concerning their own bodies including aborting an early stage fetus. I believe a fetus is not a separate entity until it escapes the womb alive or at least, not until the second trimester of pregnancy. I believe in the sanctity of marriage and that it should be reserved for two people who are in love with each other regardless of sexual preference. It's an equal rights issue and it's a separation of church and state issue. Because of First Amendment rights, I believe no law shall be passed in which religious philosophy is its foundation.
I do not believe we simply have the right to all resources throughout the world. While I believe in a strong military for defense, I don't believe we should use our military to guarantee access to resources in foreign countries. I resent being told that war is the only option to liberate a society from tyranny when our real purpose is to secure strategic positions to insure access to resources.
I believe in science. When the overwhelming majority of scientists say global warming is caused by man, I try to look at the evidence they present and have I have determined that their facts make sense. When the vast majority of industrialized nations are investing huge sums of money into green energy, I am disappointed that we may be left behind in this rapidly emerging field that will undoubtedly have incredible demand.
I do not stand for a single "correct" way of doing things. I believe, the more ideas we have to choose from, the more likely we will make decisions which best benefit our society.
Most of all, I believe in fairness and equality for each and every citizen of The United States of America.
My Take On Conservative VS Liberal
Voting Conservative is casting a vote for Corporate America to have their way with us. Casting a Conservative vote is voting for a death sentence for our middle class. Voting Liberal is a vote for shared sacrifice and equal rights without prejudice.
I don't expect anyone who reads this will agree or disagree with any or all of what I've said here. Nor do I think it will change anyone's mind as to which side they favor. I wrote this merely to state things as I see them. I don't like politicians - period. As far as I'm concerned, virtually all politicians are corrupt and cannot be trusted so my vote is cast based on a particular philosophy. When talking about class warfare, Conservatives are the ones promoting it by refusing the idea of shared sacrifice and by rejecting any ideas that aren't their own, and certainly by rejecting any ideas put forth by a black president. Conservatives are wrong. They are selfish and uncaring toward America's workforce and those who can't help their current station in life. Conservatives are in favor of corporations, the wealthy and making money no matter what the effect it has on average Americans. Their stand that reducing taxes on the wealthy will create jobs is baseless proven by the last 10 years of history when taxes were low and did nothing to create jobs. In other words, it's a blatant lie.
At some point, I fully expect the behavior of conservative lawmakers will ultimately bite them in the ass. Let's hope Corporate America doesn't become so entrenched in our government that we are no longer allowed a say. That can only happen if we do nothing or if we wait too long before taking action. Doing nothing would ultimately result in our society becoming slaves to a handful of power brokers at the top - power brokers who have purchased authority and whose only motivation is accumulating additional wealth. That will have the exact same result as pure socialism - a few at the top with everyone else at the bottom. I find pure socialism and pure capitalism equally distasteful. There must be a blend of both for our workforce to be motivated to do their best for themselves, the companies they work for and ultimately for America while leaving plenty of room for investors to profit. I believe we should pay attention to the rest of the world and try to learn from what other countries are doing to maintain a successful balance between those at the top, the corporations they run, the workforce and government. Every one of us in America has a stake in the game so we must all be able to benefit from our prosperity. That was the philosophy that allowed us to win two world wars. That was the philosophy that, until the most recent generation, brought America into the number one position in the world.
With all that said, I suspect many Conservatives are as concerned as liberals over the fact that our government is continually being purchased by special interests and is no longer representative of the people. The only way we can bring government back to the control of the citizenry is to get the money out of our political process by making any form of campaign contributions illegal. Then, and only then can we establish any level of trust that our legislators will support the best interests of those who cast the votes which put them in office.
~ Take the money out of politics and all that's left is the best interests of "We, the people." ~
For someone who ascribes to a liberal philosophy of equality and fairness for all, choices at the ballot box are easy. For conservatives...well...they'll have to wrestle with their conscience.