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SemiSteve

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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 12:24:31 PM

It may be helpful to recognize the fundamental differences in conservative and liberal views.

We seem to be repeatedly revisiting some of the same basic concepts and spending enormous efforts trying to convince the other side why our view makes more sense.

One of them I have noticed is the treatment of the poor.

Conservatives seem to feel that the poor are poor simply because they are lazy. That if they just got determined enough and worked hard enough in the right way that they could climb out of the poverty cycle.

Liberals seem to hold that they are poor because opportunities available to others are not available to them. And they blame the rich policy-makers for systematically doing things that limit these opportunities.

Do you concur?

If so, why do we need to re-argue what has already been covered? This forum is great for learning what makes the 'other side' tick; but would be better if we could move on from the same-old same-old and try to arrive at some solutions or equitable compromise suggestions to send off to our representatives.

What other subjects can you identify the views of both sides on?
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 5:24:26 PM

Welfare should be a helping hand not a way of life.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 3:33:29 PM

teacher_tim - "I long ago suggested that government benefits be limited to the number of children present or "in utero" plus one "oops" child. After that, there were no benefit increases for any more."

That's an interesting idea.

I'd also add that after the birth of any "oops" child, while still on welfare, both mother and father would have to be sterilized in order to receive any more benefits, but that would bring screaming fits from both extremes.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 3:08:24 PM

Two-parent families would help a lot, but won't be increasing anytime soon.

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Why worry about the consequences of your actions when you can just abort them or have someone else pay for them? Until that changes, the poor are basically doomed to remain breeders of more poor.

I long ago suggested that government benefits be limited to the number of children present or "in utero" plus one "oops" child. After that, there were no benefit increases for any more. Want to know how that could work? Watch "The Waltons" on INSP. Everyone did it during the Depression and no one was "entitled" to anything. You made do with what you had or could make.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 3:03:49 PM

Me: "The classic view from a hard working tax paying conservative that there are no hard working tax paying liberals. Wrong!"

PopcornPirate: "Then please explain to me why Progressive Liberal DEMOCRATS constantly need more & more money in taxes to pander to people that WILL NOT better themselves to stand on their own 2 feet?"

OK; very easy. They think they are being compassionate and helping the ones who need it; and they know that some will take advantage of the program, but the supporters are willing to accept that as part of the deal.

"Please explain this to me because I cant fathom a logical answer other then they want complete control."

This view is over-thinking the situation. You're actually giving the other side too much credit. There is no such master plan. The fact that it could eventually lead to a majority party which supports this mindset is actually just a byproduct effect.

Personally I hope it never gets to that point because that would not be sustainable. Why wish for a situation which could not possibly last? Anyone who is purposely trying to bring this about is not thinking of the big picture. It could not work for long so why try to create something that is doomed?

We need a healthy multi-party political system in the nation to protect the balance of power and views.

When thinking of politics it is best to consider the far-reaching effects of proposed and existing policy for the nation as a whole, over the long run. I wish more people would think this way instead of the shallow and petty 'What's in it for me now?' attitude.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 3:00:49 PM

AC-302 - "--Fair enough. So what do we do, and how do we change the hearts and minds of the people in order to get them to understand the value of education? I certainly don't have the answers. I wish I did and could be a help to these folks."

I don't know if there is a good answer. But one thing we might try would be to end the War on Drugs and legalize, but regulate, current Schedule drugs. That would remove a lot of the income for such gangs.

We might also try to identify promising students and move them out of those neighborhoods before they get involved with gangs.

Perhaps isolating and controlling gang activity in prisons would also help.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 12:38:05 PM

rjhenn said: "Which is often what keeps them "lower socioeconomic neighborhoods"."

--Fair enough. So what do we do, and how do we change the hearts and minds of the people in order to get them to understand the value of education? I certainly don't have the answers. I wish I did and could be a help to these folks.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 9:37:16 AM

"AC-302 - "In lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, generally speaking, the community doesn't value education, and doesn't necessarily have a history of it."

Which is often what keeps them "lower socioeconomic neighborhoods".

Perfect example
The Poor only know how to be poor & ask for handouts.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 12:59:20 PM

AC-302 - "In lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, generally speaking, the community doesn't value education, and doesn't necessarily have a history of it."

Which is often what keeps them "lower socioeconomic neighborhoods".
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 12:58:20 PM

gas_too_high - "Either you're posting on something well to the left of the Daily Kos, or else you never used that line about Obamacare being "slightly to the right"."

Is HuffPost "well to the left of the Daily Kos"?

"In any case, you are much more liberal than conservative."

Maybe it's rather that too many conservatives (and liberals, but conservatives tend to hold onto what was and ignore what is) reject everything except their own narrow beliefs.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 10:04:03 AM

Having worked in both types of areas, AC, I concur with your assertions.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 9:45:14 AM

"The classic view from a hard working tax paying conservative that there are no hard working tax paying liberals. Wrong!"
Then please explain to me why Progressive Liberal DEMOCRATS constantly need more & more money in taxes to pander to people that WILL NOT better themselves to stand on their own 2 feet?
Please explain this to me because I cant fathom a logical answer other then they want complete control.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 9:36:05 AM

SemiSteve complained: " Then every teacher will only want to work in the most affluent areas."

--But that's already going on. Teachers, generally speaking, don't want to work in war zones, they want to work where there's parental and community interest, and students who give a rip. In lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, generally speaking, the community doesn't value education, and doesn't necessarily have a history of it.
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 9:08:09 PM

"but you(rjhenn) don't fool anyone here."

That much is certain.

[Edited by: theTower at 10/21/2014 9:08:27 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:57:07 PM

GTH: "Still complaining about conservatives, I see -- but not about liberals. Not surprising, since you are primarily liberal."

rjhenn: "Not surprising, since there are generally more conservatives here than liberals, and they tend to run off at the mouth more. On the occasions that I post on liberal sites, I'm usually attacked as a conservative."

Either you're posting on something well to the left of the Daily Kos, or else you never used that line about Obamacare being "slightly to the right".

In any case, you are much more liberal than conservative. Obama might think you're a moderate, but you don't fool anyone here.

GTH
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 5:21:38 PM

Good way to disincentivize people from going into teaching. Tell them their chances of being fired depend not on how effective they are but on whether they are unlucky enough to get a class full of problem cases who can not be taught at grade level. Then every teacher will only want to work in the most affluent areas.
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 4:57:19 PM

SemiSteve - "As if firing good teachers based on the performance of their students (no matter the school or neighborhood) has transformed inadequate education into stellar."

Based on my, or, rather, my wife's, experience with such, the main problem with how that was implemented was it used current performance, instead of improvement from the previous year, as the measure. That made the current teacher suffer for the failure of previous years' teachers.
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 4:54:08 PM

BuzzLOL - ". Your pimping of Special Homosexic Rights for those with HOMOSEXUALITY ADDICTION is NOT "rational"..."

What's "Special" about giving them the same "Rights" we give other committed monogamous unions? What's rational about treating their committed monogamous unions differently?
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 4:52:33 PM

theTower - "IMO, you just dont' have anything better to do than to agitate others."

Yet another demonstration of projection?
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:51:38 AM

"Liberals think that money is the answer to all problems. "

Stereotype alert!

The classic view from a hard working tax paying conservative that there are no hard working tax paying liberals. Wrong!

Would like to see some of those stereotype-holding conservatives solve many problems or build much of anything without monetary investment.

As if firing good teachers based on the performance of their students (no matter the school or neighborhood) has transformed inadequate education into stellar.

And then they say the answer is to give them money for charter schools! (ie: throw money at it)
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 5:17:06 AM

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< rjhenn: "My positions are rational ones, not liberal or conservative." >

. Your pimping of Special Homosexic Rights for those with HOMOSEXUALITY ADDICTION is NOT "rational"...

. The depressed Libs pimp homosexuality addition and the depressed Cons pimp religion addiction/psychosis... we need a new upbeat 3rd party that pimps neither and can be trusted to handle things in The Nuclear Age without pimping for an Armageddon...
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 5:05:32 AM

"Thus my belief that I'm actually a moderate, since both extremes hate me. 8-("

Hate is such a strong word.
IMO, you just dont' have anything better to do than to agitate others.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 11:56:41 PM

gas_too_high - "18th century actually for the original Constitution, since it was written then."

But 17th century for your interpretation of it. 7;-]

"Your "what works" position is shallow because you are considering only means, not ends. That's where morality comes in, to properly choose the ends. (BTW, morality was considered by ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle and is not dependent on religion. The Founders were well acquainted with Aristotle and Greek classical thought)."

I prefer to divide things into "moral", based on religion or other dogma, and "ethical", derived from reason. Not quite the standard definitions, but perhaps more useful than the usual meanings. Morality is relative to the individual and his beliefs. A serial killer may not see anything immoral in what he does. In fact, he may believe that stopping him is immoral.

"Abortion rights has nothing to do with families. And same-sex couples are about the participants, with any children (always brought in with outside help) optional adornment."

Based on your somewhat limited viewpoint. Others see abortion as simply another form of birth control, which may help create healthier families, by limiting the number of children to be cared for. And, of course, you exhibit your usual disdain for the children of same-sex parents, while supporting childless heterosexual marriages which meet your definition of being "about the participants".

"Still complaining about conservatives, I see -- but not about liberals. Not surprising, since you are primarily liberal."

Not surprising, since there are generally more conservatives here than liberals, and they tend to run off at the mouth more. On the occasions that I post on liberal sites, I'm usually attacked as a conservative. On conservative sites, I'm attacked as a liberal. Thus my belief that I'm actually a moderate, since both extremes hate me. 8-(
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 11:38:43 PM

ministorage - "That's a stereotype. And an ad hominem."

How? Note I didn't say "conservatives", I said "most conservatives", as in "most of those who self-identify as conservatives here on GB".

"The time you spend on GB fighting others, while unemployed and collecting unemployment, is not teaching yourself to fish. Nor is it starvation."

Now that appears to be an actual ad hominem. And a stereotype.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 10:47:58 PM

rjhenn: "My positions are rational ones, not liberal or conservative."

GTH: "They are also shallow, based it seems on what you consider "what works" for a given situation, without considering whether "what works" is proper for government to do, or other moral considerations."

rjhenn: '"Proper" and "moral" is according to your dogma, or according to the Constitution and reason?'

GTH: 'According to the Constitution and reason, and opposed to the dogma that you miscall 'what works".'

rjhenn: "IOW, opposed to reason, which is defined by "what works", and only according to your restrictive 17th century interpretation of the Constitution."

18th century actually for the original Constitution, since it was written then.

Your "what works" position is shallow because you are considering only means, not ends. That's where morality comes in, to properly choose the ends. (BTW, morality was considered by ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle and is not dependent on religion. The Founders were well acquainted with Aristotle and Greek classical thought).

GTH: "The liberal view disdains both these positions in favor of the extra-Constitutional "right to sexual pleasure," anytime, anywhere, without consequences."

sgm4law: "While there may be liberals and libertarians who feel that way, many liberals feel that families of all sorts are deserving of equal treatment by the government."

Abortion rights has nothing to do with families. And same-sex couples are about the participants, with any children (always brought in with outside help) optional adornment.

rjhenn: "But what I hear most conservatives supporting..."

Still complaining about conservatives, I see -- but not about liberals. Not surprising, since you are primarily liberal.

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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 7:19:04 PM

"But what I hear most conservatives supporting is more along the lines of "let a man starve while he's trying to teach himself to fish.""

That's a stereotype. And an ad hominem.

Personal responsibility dictates what we do with our time. The time you spend on GB fighting others, while unemployed and collecting unemployment, is not teaching yourself to fish. Nor is it starvation.

Not everyone has the same sense of responsibility that Popcorn has. Not everyone expects a collective to carry them whilst they fritter away their time.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 6:04:25 PM

<<But what I hear most conservatives supporting is more along the lines of "let a man starve while he's trying to teach himself to fish.">>

or

If the man had made the right choices in his youth he would already know how to fish.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 3:52:04 PM

This conservative fights their own GB battles.
Certain liberals will run home and cry to moddy

[Edited by: theTower at 10/20/2014 3:54:04 PM EST]
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rjhenn
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PopcornPirate - "Conservatives oppose programs that throw money at a problem because Liberals think that money is the answer to all problems."

Yet another stereotype.

"Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish & you feed him for life."

But what I hear most conservatives supporting is more along the lines of "let a man starve while he's trying to teach himself to fish."
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 10:31:23 AM

"Which is why they oppose programs to help people better themselves. "
Conservatives oppose programs that throw money at a problem because Liberals think that money is the answer to all problems.
Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish & you feed him for life.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 8:41:53 AM

<<The liberal view disdains both these positions in favor of the extra-Constitutional "right to sexual pleasure," anytime, anywhere, without consequences.>>

While there may be liberals and libertarians who feel that way, many liberals feel that families of all sorts are deserving of equal treatment by the government.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 8:20:42 AM

High: "Actually, I hold my positions not based on religion, but based on reason, which happen to be endorsed by many religious groups. And many consider your opposite positions on those issues immoral and unconstitutional."

Many, but not all. If the many get their way, it is being forced upon the rest. If gay marriage is a crime then who is the victim?

"The conservative position upholds the right to life and the right of children to be raised by a mother and a father. The liberal view disdains both these positions in favor of the extra-Constitutional "right to sexual pleasure," anytime, anywhere, without consequences."

If pleasure is a crime then who is the victim?
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 10:46:50 PM

gas_too_high - "According to the Constitution and reason, and opposed to the dogma that you miscall 'what works"."

IOW, opposed to reason, which is defined by "what works", and only according to your restrictive 17th century interpretation of the Constitution.

"Actually, I hold my positions not based on religion, but based on reason, which happen to be endorsed by many religious groups."

So, not reason, but reasons based on your religion.

"The conservative position upholds the right to life and the right of children to be raised by a mother and a father."

The conservative position also denies a right to social support for those children after being born. And ignores the fact that there's no evidence, just dogma, to support the idea that "a mother and a father" are a requirement for a child to grow up healthy.

"The liberal view disdains both these positions in favor of the extra-Constitutional "right to sexual pleasure," anytime, anywhere, without consequences. Those issues are merely part of the divide between conservatives and liberals in this country."

That "divide" is based largely on lies about each other, such as the one in the paragraph above.
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 10:35:13 PM

rjhenn: "My positions are rational ones, not liberal or conservative."

GTH: "They are also shallow, based it seems on what you consider "what works" for a given situation, without considering whether "what works" is proper for government to do, or other moral considerations."

rjhenn: '"Proper" and "moral" is according to your dogma, or according to the Constitution and reason?'

According to the Constitution and reason, and opposed to the dogma that you miscall 'what works".

"You think that banning abortion and restricting marriage to your religious definition are both "proper for government to do", while many consider both positions immoral and unconstitutional."

Actually, I hold my positions not based on religion, but based on reason, which happen to be endorsed by many religious groups. And many consider your opposite positions on those issues immoral and unconstitutional.

The conservative position upholds the right to life and the right of children to be raised by a mother and a father. The liberal view disdains both these positions in favor of the extra-Constitutional "right to sexual pleasure," anytime, anywhere, without consequences. Those issues are merely part of the divide between conservatives and liberals in this country.

GTH
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 7:08:16 PM

gas_too_high - "They are also shallow, based it seems on what you consider "what works" for a given situation, without considering whether "what works" is proper for government to do, or other moral considerations."

"Proper" and "moral" is according to your dogma, or according to the Constitution and reason?

You think that banning abortion and restricting marriage to your religious definition are both "proper for government to do", while many consider both positions immoral and unconstitutional.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 6:23:51 PM

rjhenn: "My positions are rational ones, not liberal or conservative."

They are also shallow, based it seems on what you consider "what works" for a given situation, without considering whether "what works" is proper for government to do, or other moral considerations.

GTH
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 12:19:13 AM

gas_too_high - "rjhenn, I see you still complain about liberals and conservatives -- especially conservatives."

That's because most of the posters here are, or claim to be, conservatives.

"That's understandable, seeing that most of your positions are liberal ones. Despite the contradiction of your gun rights stance, you have a clear liberal mindset, no matter how much you want to deny it (which is not all that much, from what I've seen of your posts)."

My positions are rational ones, not liberal or conservative. Gun control is not rational, like many stances based on dogma, whether liberal dogma or conservative dogma. When I post on liberal sites, I generally get much the same attitude I get from you, but reversed, claiming I must be a conservative.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 4:01:07 PM

rjhenn, I see you still complain about liberals and conservatives -- especially conservatives.

That's understandable, seeing that most of your positions are liberal ones. Despite the contradiction of your gun rights stance, you have a clear liberal mindset, no matter how much you want to deny it (which is not all that much, from what I've seen of your posts).

GTH
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 2:54:10 PM

PopcornPirate - "Conservatives want to help people better themselves so they are NOT helpless & need government assistance ."

Which is why they oppose programs to help people better themselves.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 11:41:42 AM


Libs and Cons both have their set of "morals" that they will push on people whenever the chances occur. They both use the courts to effect such changes, instead of growing spines and arguing for legislature to do the same. They're both just preening schmoes.

>>A prime example was the Terry Schiavo case where Congress tried to move heaven and earth to change the outcome in a personal family matter. They lost all credibility with me about their talk about states' rights and individual rights with that.

Well, the establishment Repubs have no interest in state's rights or small fed gov't, so in that light their intrusiveness isn't really surprising.

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 8:57:22 AM

"Conservatives want to 'protect' the helpless, while keeping them helpless and vulnerable."
Far from the truth..
Conservatives want to help people better themselves so they are NOT helpless & need government assistance .
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gas_too_high - "IOW, you are admitting my statement is correct."

In a very limited and self-serving way, yes. Conservatives want to 'protect' the helpless, while keeping them helpless and vulnerable. Much of the motivation for that 'protection', however, seems to be punishing others for their 'sin'.

"Liberals only believe in certain kinds of choice, such as the choice to get an abortion, while denying others, such as school choice, or the choice not to recognize a same-sex "marriage" or -- for you -- the choice to not enter a one-size-fits-all government-run single-payer healthcare system."

Except that, to some conservatives, "choice" simply means the freedom to impose their dogma and bigotry on others.

Or to make a profit off of the suffering of others.

"The GI Bill applies to those who chose to serve honorably in the armed forces, and is therefore an outgrowth of national defense. Those others are not part of the classic understanding of limited government."

Yet conservatives benefit from them, while claiming "I built that".

"Agreed. In my observation, most bigots these days are liberals, who attack conservatives based on outdated views and caricatures while holding "politically correct" bigoted positions."

No, there are plenty of bigots on both sides, who attack the other side based on stereotypes and caricatures, while holding dogmatic positions.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 12:31:08 PM

"Funny, if you look at what conservatives actually do, instead of what they say, that's an exact description of many conservatives."

A prime example was the Terry Schiavo case where Congress tried to move heaven and earth to change the outcome in a personal family matter. They lost all credibility with me about their talk about states' rights and individual rights with that.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 10:20:22 AM

Oh I see now.

Liberals believe in the rights of individuals to do things that affect themselves, such as abortion or gay marriage.

Conservatives believe into their own 'individual rights' to force their own morals upon others...

Got it.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 6:58:00 AM

gas_too_high - "Conservatives believe that the primary concern of limited government should be the protection of innocent life. That means national defense, enforcing the peace and local order -- and protecting the most vulnerable such as the unborn and the infirm."

rjhenn: "Except that those "most vulnerable" are pretty much on their own as far as actually surviving is concerned."

IOW, you are admitting my statement is correct.

"IOW, liberals believe in equal opportunity and individual choice, while conservatives believe in forcing others to do what they feel they should do, while limiting their ability to improve themselves."

Liberals only believe in certain kinds of choice, such as the choice to get an abortion, while denying others, such as school choice, or the choice not to recognize a same-sex "marriage" or -- for you -- the choice to not enter a one-size-fits-all government-run single-payer healthcare system.

"Of course that only applies to others, since many conservatives 'succeed' with government help, such as the GI Bill, small business loans and Social Security survivors benefits."

The GI Bill applies to those who chose to serve honorably in the armed forces, and is therefore an outgrowth of national defense. Those others are not part of the classic understanding of limited government.

"OTOH, I see many liberals who are just as judgmental and bigoted as they think conservatives are."

Agreed. In my observation, most bigots these days are liberals, who attack conservatives based on outdated views and caricatures while holding "politically correct" bigoted positions.

GTH
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gas_too_high - "Conservatives believe that the primary concern of limited government should be the protection of innocent life. That means national defense, enforcing the peace and local order -- and protecting the most vulnerable such as the unborn and the infirm."

Except that those "most vulnerable" are pretty much on their own as far as actually surviving is concerned.

"Liberals want to use government to guarantee quality of life through welfare and entitlement programs, artificially imposed "equality," etc -- but seem little concerned about protecting life, judging by how the advocate abortion on demand, and increasingly, assisted suicide."

IOW, liberals believe in equal opportunity and individual choice, while conservatives believe in forcing others to do what they feel they should do, while limiting their ability to improve themselves.

Of course that only applies to others, since many conservatives 'succeed' with government help, such as the GI Bill, small business loans and Social Security survivors benefits.

OTOH, I see many liberals who are just as judgmental and bigoted as they think conservatives are.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 2:52:39 AM

teacher_tim - "Liberals tend to see government's role as protecting their beliefs and use the government, when they are in power, to force others to behave as they [the liberals] believe they SHOULD act, regardless of how it infringes on their freedom, or the freedom of those the liberals wish to subjugate and force toward their beliefs."

Funny, if you look at what conservatives actually do, instead of what they say, that's an exact description of many conservatives.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 8:48:28 PM

Conservatives believe that the primary concern of limited government should be the protection of innocent life. That means national defense, enforcing the peace and local order -- and protecting the most vulnerable such as the unborn and the infirm.

Liberals want to use government to guarantee quality of life through welfare and entitlement programs, artificially imposed "equality," etc -- but seem little concerned about protecting life, judging by how the advocate abortion on demand, and increasingly, assisted suicide.

GTH

[Edited by: gas_too_high at 10/15/2014 8:48:52 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 8:01:16 PM

That theory falls apart when it comes to abortion.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 10:03:06 AM

You are correct TT. Here is an example of what to expect when radical liberals take over a city.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 9:45:20 AM

Liberals tend to see government's role as protecting their beliefs and use the government, when they are in power, to force others to behave as they [the liberals] believe they SHOULD act, regardless of how it infringes on their freedom, or the freedom of those the liberals wish to subjugate and force toward their beliefs.
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