Wisdom 101 from Winston: Conservatives vs. Liberals

Winston Churchill once said, “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.

Today, the Millennial generation has been given the impression that disagreement is bad and debating is even worse. It seems today that if anyone identifies as a Conservative, that person is a narrow-minded and bigoted if they do not agree with a Liberal. If you are a Liberal, one is intolerant and revolting if they do not agree with a Conservative. It’s just easier to point the finger and name-call instead of engage in a debate. But the real problem is that we do not know each other.

So let’s take a look at the definitions, brought to you by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Liberal: “Believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change; relating to or supporting political liberalism”

Conservative: “Believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society; relating to or supporting political conservatism”

So right here we realize that neither are truly hateful or intolerant; we are different. We each uniquely choose a way of thinking and promote that in our actions and words throughout our life. You either lean more conservatively or liberally. So let’s stop the nonsense finger-pointing and get down to business.

The next time you speak to a Conservative or Liberal about an issue, discuss the differences (respectfully) and get the conversation started. Stay focused on the issue, and bring facts to the table. Some feel that society today makes them feel too uncomfortable to even bring up a political issue, but our First Amendment is still intact and that allows all speech, majority to minority.

And in case we forgot the First Amendment, here it is:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Remember: Nobody likes a fence-sitter, so get educated and pick a side.

….So now is time to ask yourself, “Am I a Conservative or a Liberal?”

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One thought on “Wisdom 101 from Winston: Conservatives vs. Liberals

  1. One thing that bothers me is when one side expects its followers to be 100% behind its ideology. Is that fair? Is the mind expected to have tunnel vision? I believe liberals and conservatives can only find a civilized common ground when they learn to respect their own follower’s diversity before respecting another’s.

    Good post.

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