Originally posted by Hefficide
The sad truth is that there are people out there who do live up to these stereotypes. But these people are not the majority. They are the exceptions.
So why is it that they seem to get all of the "press"?
Because these are exactly the people who pick on each other. Far Right fears Far Left and vice-versa. And most who are “Far” don’t know that
they are. To an extreme-leaning individual, their position is sane and rational and anyone who questions it is “off” in their thinking, especially
if the other side is strongly opposed to it.
Take the current Canadian government. It is controlled by a Far Right Reformist crowd running a party called The Conservatives, which of course
implies it is a conservative party (but it is not led that way.) Stephen Harper rules the party with an iron fist; everyone in his party must vote in
favor of whatever extreme bills he pushes and stay on-script with their public speeches (presented as honest opinions) to the point where they cannot
answer a “yes” or “no” question during an interview. They suppress information from us while they keep asserting they’re “transparent”
and “clear” over and over again so our brains will just switch off and trust them blindly (I guess they think we’re dumb as bricks.)
Anyway, Harper and his Far Right Reformist crowd are all about big corporate interests, perverting Canada’s Democracy and Capitalism into Corporate
Communism. In the process he is upsetting everyone from Liberals to actual Conservatives. Scientists are branded “radicals” and even fired for
talking about global warming. He didn’t just go after his political opponent, the Liberal Party, he sought to “destroy” them (yes, he actually
said this!) Most party leaders would stop at just beating an opponent in an election, but Harper wants to “destroy” his opponents. He started with
the Liberals and now he’s attacking our union/labor party (the NDP) by disempowering unions.
If this Us VS. Them mentality sounds familiar...
"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
- George Bush
Not that Far Left is any better. Communism centralizes power too, and so either way you end up with a police state. Each calls the other “evil,”
but they are far more alike than they are different, so much so that Harper has actually spoken positively about China and has praised their
economical structure. The only real difference is that Communism sounds good at first: imagine a society of true equality for all! Oh, but it takes
a tyrannical government to enforce it.
I have nothing against Liberals or Conservatives and have had friends on either side. I consider myself a Centralist, personally. To me, the truth is
usually somewhere in the middle and I think that all sides should come together and see what we can agree with. My stance is in Democratic balance.
Sides tend to have their biases and short-sightedness which, if not countered, can lead to real problems.
Positive side of Liberalism
: Thinking about the future, thinking about our neighbors, fighting moral injustices, consideration for people of
various cultural backgrounds, beliefs and sexual orientations, etc.
Downside of Liberalism
: Political correctness (restricting freedom of speech and forcing questionable things to intentionally sound less dirty
(such as “undocumented immigrants,”) forcing moral opinions on others (such as unarming all but law enforcement and military which are
government-controlled) and going too far with using the race card to defend Obama and so on.
Positive side of Conservatism
: Respect for the land and natural resources, old-fashioned values and old-fashioned spiritual beliefs
Downside of Conservatism
: The outdated “I did it my way” and so “do it yourself” hardass attitude (apathy,) a fear/reluctance of
change, overreaction to gun registries and sometimes outright paranoia.
Again, Far Left or Far Right drifts away from the above and ends up the same thing: a police state forcing someone’s vision of idealism on everyone
else, like it or not.
I just want to add that your posts were well-done and I appreciate your honesty. There are Liberals that I like and Liberals that I dislike, as with
Conservatives. Honesty is the only way forward.