Liberal vs conservative

‘Liberal’ has been portrayed, by the predominately liberal media, as ‘progressive, modern, open minded, compassionate, enlightened, egalitarian, tolerant, and generous.’

‘Conservative’ has been portrayed as ‘backward, stingy, mean, rigid, heartless, selfish, narrow, angry, and fearful.’

LIBERAL | CONSERVATIVE
      Most Colleges |
      Entertainment |
     Social work |
     Psychology |     business
      ACLU |
   Much of the news media…………………… | ………talk radio, fox news
Spokesmen for the poor
& minorities
|
     18% of the public……………… | ……….40%

The far left and far right

             During and since my years in social work and politics, I’ve always been interested in what people believe, and why they believe it. They tend to believe what they want to believe; and they want to believe certain ways because of how their minds work.
             The far left and far right go to extremes because they are immature. It seems the far left (like the hippies of the late 60s) grow up spoiled, irrespon­sible, unconditionally loved, and learn to get by on charm and rhetoric. They come of age idealistic and unprepared. They find reality too harsh and rebel radically. They tear down the establishment, yet expect it to cure all of society’s problems the way an adoles­cent criticizes his folks, yet expects them to solve all their problems. They don’t hold the poor­ and others responsible because they (the far left) never learned respon­sibility. They don’t understand how basic it is. They put it aside and look for a world that is secure, loving, socialistic, egalitarian, posi­tive, psycholo­gically oriented, well-educated, and rational. They don’t find it and become cynical.
             The far right (John Birchers, Lyndon Larouches) are the other extreme. They are immature in a different way. They are repressed. They didn’t develop emotionally, establish their identities, or become fully in touch with their feelings. They never resolved many issues, and are angry and fearful. They feel under siege and don’t know why. They resist change until everything is order. They make fetishes of guns, the bible, the flag, the past, and the constitu­tion – secure beacons in a threatening world of change. They plod through life doing their ‘duty.’ Talking about sex is taboo, gay people are abominations, and issues are black and white – sometimes the work of God, the devil, or communists. Security is the biggest military, biggest police force, and biggest gun in the closet. They over identify with their leaders and want them to do their thinking, fight their battles, be macho (and ride a white horse). They don’t find these and remain frustrated, threaten­ed, and angry.
Far left Moderate Far right
Maturity
Identity ……….. groping …………… settled ……………….. stunted
Love is ……….. everything …………. part of life ……..….. to be earned
Sensitive ………….. overly ……………….. somewhat ………….. lacking
Outlook ……………. idealistic ……………. realistic ……………. reactionary
Believe in ……….. theories …………….. practicalities ……… dogmas
Orientation ………. future ………………… present ……………… past
Intellectual approach …permissive.….. objective ………….. subjective, mean
Attitude toward
Social classes …. anti ………………….. accepting …………. regimented
Superiors …………. too chummy………. some distance …… obedient
Traditional values … anti ……………….. valued ……………… dogmatic
Discipline ………. permissive …………. firm …………………… repressive
Responsibility ….. pass the buck ……. valued ……………….. burdensome
Sex ………………… permissive …………. prudent ……………… repressed
Change ………….. worship ……………. accept ……………….. fear
Future ……………. revolution …………. evolution …………… turn clock back
Leaders …………. anti ……………………. work with ……………. venerate
Religion …………. anti ……………………. neutral ……………… fundamental
Psychology …….. worship ……………… use ……………………. fear
See mankind as … perfectible ………. good & bad ………… bad
See the poor as …. victims ……………. limited ………………… fools
See hardened criminals as
‘ill’ …………………. immature (by choice) …. evil
Priorities ………..’compassion’ ………………………………….. order
Emphasize…….. social programs ……………………………….. defense
Approach ……… sloppy ………………….. flexible ………………… rigid
Method ……… carrot …………………… carrot & stick ……….. stick
Lifestyle ………. non-conformist ..……. straight ……………… too conventional
Appearance …. non-conformist …….. appropriate …………. unimaginative
Humor ………….. scoffing ………………… natural …………………. lacking
Results …………. jaded …………………… accepting ……………… frustrated
Seen as ………… bleeding heart ……… mature …………………. mean
         The far right is uptight and often mixes church and state. The far left is irresponsible, idealistic, patronizing, and too generous. A close look at each would probably show many in these groups are not fulfilled in their personal lives; they seek it in their beliefs, which become their ‘family’ – beliefs that provide all the answers and pervade and control most aspects of life. They want a world that doesn’t and can’t exist.
        Both can be arrogant, smug, self-righteous, and fanati­cal. One has only to look to other countries to see what happens when either comes to power as ‘temporary’ holders of great power – a Fidel Castro of the left or an Ayatollah of the right. In an open, democratic society like ours there is room for these extremes to play themselves out. This helps help keep the majority moderate.
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