We all have read one person or another state that someone or something is Right Wing or Left Wing, adding emphasis of what ever spin they desire.
There are many examples from political editorials, involving Trump or Clinton, GOP or DNC. Many times, the inappropriate connotation is erroneous. To
clear up these ambiguities, here is a brief synopsis of where these terms evolved, ending with a brief editorial and question.
Politicians who met during the French Revolution of 1789 at the National Assembly, began to organize themselves into two groups. Those who
supported the King of France, and those who supported Revolution. As The President of the France National Assembly viewed these two separate groups
from his podium, supporters of the king, were to the president's right, and supporters of the revolution to his left. Then in 1791 The National
Assembly was changed and the new collective was called The Legislative Assembly, comprising entirely new members. However the divisions continued.
"Innovators" sat on the left, "moderates" gathered in the center, while the "conscientious defenders of the constitution" found themselves
sitting on the right. The coup d'état of June 2 1793, resulted in the right side of the assembly being deserted. The French Restoration of
1814–1815, again formed political clubs. The "constitutionals" sat in the center while independents sat on the left. The majority ultraroyalists
chose to sit on the right. The terms extreme right and extreme left, as well a center-right and center-left, came to be used to describe the nuances
of ideology of different sections of the assembly. Enter the U.K. The British Parliament began debating their entrance into the Spanish Civil War,
1936 to 1939 . It was at this time that the terms 'Right' and 'Left' came into common use. The book, ” The Web of Government” (1947),
Sociologist Robert Maclver states,” The right is always the party sector associated with the interests of the upper or dominant classes, the left
sector expressive of the lower economic or social classes, and the center that of the middle classes. Historically this criterion seems acceptable.
The conservative right has defended entrenched prerogatives, privileges and powers; the left has attacked them. The right has been more favorable to
the aristocratic position, to the hierarchy of birth or of wealth; the left has fought for the equalization of advantage or of opportunity, for the
claims of the less advantaged. Defense and attack have met, under democratic conditions, not in the name of class but in the name of principle; but
the opposing principles have broadly corresponded to the interests of the different classes.”
Here in the U.S.A., left and right seem to have become blurred. David Boaz, a Libertarian writer, believes that the terms left and right are used to
spin a particular point of view rather than as simple descriptors. “The "left" typically emphasizing their support for working people and accusing
the right of supporting the interests of the upper class, and those on the "right" usually emphasizing their support for individualism and accusing
the Left of supporting collectivism.” Has this now given rise to Transgenderism, Black Lives Matter, or Women’s Rights? Boaz asserts that
arguments about the way the words should be used often displaces arguments about policy by raising emotional prejudice against a preconceived notion
of what the terms mean.
Ruypers, John. Canadian and world politics. Canada: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, 2005. ISBN 1-55239-097-7
David Boaz, The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, the Right, and Threats to our Liberties, Cato Institute, 2008, ISBN 978-1-933995-14-4