posted on May, 31 2010 @ 09:28 PM
The term Left-Right politics began after the French Revolution when the Republic was established. On the left sat the Republicans, those who support a
Republican form of government, and on the right sat the Monarchists, those who support a Monarchy.
The right strongly opposed the French revolution and the establishment of Liberalism, Republicanism and Secularism. The left was strongly opposed to
Monarchy, Established church and Collectivity. When the American revolution occurred the founding father were, at the time, considered radically left
when they wanted a minimal Republican government, with freedom of religion and a free economy.
Unlike in France, America never reverted back to monarchy and was never again forced to fight a revolution, only a civil war. France spent the next
century(19th) under a Republic, a monarchy and an empire. In 1848 the Left in France attempted to assert its dominance and establish a Republic again,
this revolution was known as ‘June Days Uprising’, but they were quickly stopped as very few still supported the left(Republicans).
Eventually the French left began to unify again, except this time they brought in new members to their movement for freedom, democracy and a Republic.
They became an alliance of Nationalists, Socialists, Democrats and Secularists. At the same time the left in the United States began to shift as
well, as the right was virtually destroyed after the American revolution and the left had no opposition, unlike in France. The torch bearers of Thomas
Jefferson and his Democratic-Republicans was the Democratic Party which shifted itself in the mid to late 19th century to become a new left movement
centered around the works of Thomas Paine, who introduced asset-based egalitarianism, which believed equality was possible by a redistribution of
The Left in the United States began to unite Social liberals, Progressives and Trade Unionists. Eventually, what started off as a radical left-wing
movement turned into a modern day center-right movement. This concludes that our founding fathers, all of them, were far-left. The left eventually
began to shift as time went on and the effects of free-market capitalism began to affect negatively affect certain segments of the population. This
created the divide that lasted for a century in modern American and French politics. The left, the descendants of the Revolutionaries became
Socialists, Communists and Secularists. The Right, the ones that clung to historical positions and ideals maintained their beliefs of Conservatism,
Nationalism and Religious.
If you consider yourself a conservative of any kind then at the time of the founding fathers you would have been strongly against them. I guess
different times call for different ideals, but just remember the current left are the descendants of the founders in both France and USA.
[edit on 5/31/10 by Misoir]