The difference between liberal and conservative

Started Jul 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
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nevada5 wrote:

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn't buy one.

If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

Maybe the conservative is not worried about being shot by someone who owns a gun, whereas the liberal is.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat.

If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

Maybe the conservative is health conscious whereas the liberal feels it's morally wrong to raise and kill animals for consumption.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.

A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

Maybe a conservative invents a foreign thread (e.g. WMD's in Iraq) to start a war, and a liberal gets stuck in the mess because the war was not well planned.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.

If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

Maybe the conservative homosexual is unconcerned about coverage under their partner's medical insurance or ability to make medical decisions for their partner when their partner is unable, whereas the liberal homosexual is concerned.

If a person of color is conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.

Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

Maybe there's something going on that minorities hold disproportionately less wealth than white men:

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.

A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

Maybe conservatives have figured out that corporate welfare pays a helluva lot more than social welfare.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.

Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

Maybe it's more like this:

The Republican National Committee on Monday threatened not to partner with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP primary debates if the networks don't cancel their plans to air documentaries on Hillary Clinton.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.

A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

Maybe liberal non-believers are afraid of this:

According to 2013 poll by YouGov, theocracy is popular in the United States. Slightly more than a third of all Americans would like to see Christianity made the official religion of their state; this is more popular among Republicans, older people, and those with just a high school education. Over half of Republicans support such a policy, with nearly half of older people and those with just a high school education following.

Well over half of Americans, though, think that would be unconstitutional - even including most Republicans. Fortunately, the numbers of those who express strong opposition to the establishment of any official religion at any level are generally higher than all those who express any support for it. Nevertheless, the overall amount of support is still quite high - high enough that it creates a significant problem for the maintenance of a secular state.

When people ask why some atheists are so vehement in their criticisms of Christianity and/or in their defense of church/state separation, this is why. It may not be the case that a majority of Christians want American states to become theocratic, but a majority of some groups do and a significant percentage of people generally do. How can people's simple belief in God or religious faith hurt others? This is how.

If a conservative decides he needs healthcare, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.

A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

Maybe a liberal is concerned that many people cannot afford and/or get healthcare, including many people who are working.

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