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TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG


I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.

In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of  what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.

Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.


Thomas Jefferson A Liberal?


When you look through right wing political blogs you might see people say the founding fathers were conservative republicans but the founding fathers and Thomas Jefferson, in particular, were very liberal in the true sense of the word. Nowadays the words conservative and liberal have become muddled by modern day politics and politicians. If you look at what a liberal or conservative now, there is no true liberal or true conservative. Many liberals are socially liberal but economically they are conservative. And the same goes for conservatives, they are socially conservative but economically they’re liberal. If you want to see a true liberal you’ll have to look at a libertarian.

I am going off what I have looked up, if I am wrong fill free to correct me, but think about what the definition of liberal is. Liberal defined by dictionary.com is “1.favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.2.( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.3.of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.4.favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by lawand secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.5.favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression“. Now really look at the fourth definition. Study it, remember it, and compare that definition to libertarians stand for. Now I’m not calling libertarians liberals in the sense of liberals in politics today but, I am calling them liberal in the true sense of the word.

People will use what ever they can to justify what they do or believe in. In some cases people will use religion to be homophobic. In other cases people will use fear to get what they want. In the case I am talking about, people use Thomas Jefferson, one of the most brilliant persons to ever live, to say the conservative party is better than the liberal party. I am strongly against this method and I am strongly opposed to how the definitions of liberal and conservative have changed. And why do we label a political party on their social beliefs rather than their economic beliefs or the parties economic and social beliefs? Why?

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