Right now in this country there is so much confusion and frustration with the two radically different mindsets. Being raised in small town USA, I have to be honest when I was in middle school the idea that everyone would work and share in the spoils sounded Utopian. When I got in high school and realized there is nothing free in this world I began to change my views more towards “you get what your willing to work for”. To be honest I can not for the life of me understand where these people with liberal ideals came from. At some point you move out on your own, get a job and pay a lot of taxes. Life becomes real. The only thing I can gather is that liberals have never had to fight and scratch for everything they have only to be told they got lucky. So here are a few ideas as seen from both mindsets, lets see where you fall.
Liberals believe in the idea of free speech to get their points across. They believe that all forward thinking should be allowed as long as they determined that it will promote what they deem as useful to the society. If they don’t like what you have to say they will label it hate speech to diminish, not only the thought, but the speaker.
Conservatives believe in free speech period. If you don’t like what someone is saying you can either debate them or ignore them, but a conservative will always defend a persons right to speak their mind. They learned the old adage long ago that “sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will NEVER hurt you.”
Liberals raise their children to believe that they are equal to their parents from the time they can speak. They try and reason with a children that do not have the ability to think in rational patterns. This time-out culture frustrates the child because their are no clear boundaries that are set. Life is a ongoing set of decision based on emotion and no clear set of right and wrong.
Conservatives believe in a more biblical based set of rules that are unwavering. A child learns right and wrong through corrective discipline and a steady approach to time tested beliefs. These children learn that how they feel about a situation does not change whether the situation is right or wrong. Having rigid boundaries allows a child actually more freedom when they know how far they can go. As a study conducted with a fenced area and an non fenced area concluded that with a given limitation, children felt safer to explore.
Liberals see school as way to mold a child. It is a place where the wrongs of society, as they have come to see them, are exposed and to indoctrinate the children into the myths of the liberal agenda. Even though they have taught their children to question everything, when they are sent to school there are certain areas that are above reproach. “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” as it’s now called and “Creation.” These two fundamentals as they see them are never to be questioned.
Conservatives see school as a place where your child goes to learn the three R’s. Major issues that effect our society are discussed at home where all sides of a debate can be heard and evaluated. Academia is their to enhance a child’s life, not to raise the child. A child’s values are learned at home, from a very early age, and his interaction in a school setting should only enhance these values.
Liberals see sports as a communal gathering where everyone participates at their own level and whether you really try or not should have no bearing on individual achievement. The idea of a team creates an “us against them” attitude and is detrimental to the overall feeling of companionship. Competition is the root of frustration and only serves to bully a weaker less talented player.
Conservatives see sports as a microcosm of our society. There are always going to be winners and losers and through teamwork they can all help each other to be excel. The idea that everyone gets a trophy only teaches children that your passion and effort don’t really matter in life because you should all end up at the finish line together. It teaches a child that it is just as important to learn to be a gracious winner as a good loser. Sports teaches a child that your level of success is directly related to the amount of time and effort your willing to put in.
Liberals see affirmative action as a way to pay back minorities for slavery. They see government as being the only way that certain groups in our society will ever ascend the ladder of success. Minorities can never achieve their full potential without being given a hand out, and with a liberals help minorities will someday become equal to whites in our society.
Conservatives see affirmative action as driving a wedge between the races. They believe that minorities are fully capable of becoming whatever they set their minds on. There was a time for affirmative action to level the playing field and that has been accomplished. Getting a job or being accepted into a college should be based solely on skills and effort, and to allow any other criteria only seeks to diminish the individuals accomplishments. Affirmative action ingrains in a persons mind that they will never measure up.
Liberals see government as an extension of the family unit. It is their to supply all the needs of the individual from free lunches at school to free housing for individuals for life. It is the the third parent, or second in some cases, that will be there to fulfill all your wants and needs. It should pick what parts of society are good and what parts should be eliminated. It should monitor all of its citizens in order to best control them. Government is more able to provide for your needs then you are and it is the one thing you can count on when all else fails.
Conservatives see government as the institution that is there to make sure my liberties don’t infringe on your liberties. It is there to take care of commonly used areas such as parks, roads and waterways. Governments main job is to protect its citizens from threats both at home and abroad. They see all other aspects as being over reach into our individual freedoms.
Again I do not see how any individual with a job, a place of their own and a vision of what they want their future to look like thinks with this liberal mindset. Liberals believe that they know what is best for your family, more then you do, and they use the government to force you to capitulate. Conservative, free thinking, entrepreneurial individuals freed this country from the oppression of the king. Why then would anyone want a system where others get to decide what and how much you deserve?