All of these names and several more are the descriptive nomenclatures we use in political discussions everywhere. Yet what do they all mean?
Anything and everything, depending upon the person, who they are speaking with at the time and their surroundings and environments.
I am a Conservative. (GASP..:wow
That in no way implies I do not endorse, support and even defend social programs supported by the Federal Government that I feel are necessary.
Wait!!! That makes me a Moderate then right? NOPE.
How about a Progressive? That IS the popular, politically correct political name these days isn't it? NOPE not a progressive either. Still a
The point I am making, (I know it's about time) is that we are what we are and identifying ourselves with a political ideology is in no way limiting
to us as persons of reason.
So many times I read where one member steps into a discussion thread to comment that the use of such codification only serves to bifurcate us and
cause even more strife. I disagree completely. I don't believe that any name has the power to do such a thing. That and we seem to be able to do a
fine job of separation all on our own.
I call myself Conservative because I believe in most of the essential foundational principles of the ideal Conservative. Key word being "most". I
also like to think I have common sense and to advocate the eradication of all social programs in favor of an extreme limited government, is foolhardy
and destructive to any number of individuals.
Moderate and Progressive and whatever else may pop up in the future, are in my humble opinion, terms that imply the inability or unwillingness to take
If you call yourself a moderate or Progressive, you never have to dig your heels in and defend your tenets against a deluge of culturally popular
attacks. We have all seen the phenomenon, the "younger" generation, unwilling to be identified with their "older' counterparts, create the new age
identities and popular culture power words to describe the same things we all protested against when we were young.
Everyone wants to be popular.
Those that defend the politically motivated hypothetical Global Warming scare are mostly individuals with no real knowledge of any such science at
all. They just want to be seen as "part of the modern solution". Even if what they are "on about" is completely false.
So even if you want to call yourself a Moderate, Progressive, Conservative, Liberal, Libertarian or "Green", stand up for what you believe and
defend it, even if you are thought to be less than popular.
In the long run, your ethical stance will come to define you to others as a person of honor.