Conservative Corner: Conservative Vs. Liberal Part TwoSep 19th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Editorials
Conservatism is the philosophy of people remaining rooted in traditional values. These traditional values do not have to block out the possibility for growth or changes that come with the advancements of time. They are rooted in the concept of personal responsibility and the more control one has over themselves, the greater their ability for personal success. Conservative beliefs do not shut the role of government out in the overall management of a country. Rather, the conservative belief of the government’s role is to ensure the fundamental rights of citizens and the protection of citizens in foreign and domestic matters. The role of government in a conservative sense would be to maintain a free-market society, where all people have the opportunity to select whom they do their business with and have a competitive industry from which to choose. Conservative values are based on the concepts that individuals have themselves ultimately to answer to; they are responsible for the food on the table, clothes on their backs, and whether or not they can maintain a job. The idea of entitlement ceases in American conservative minds after the basic understanding that in America, the only thing an American is “entitled to” is the opportunity the Constitution provides to each American citizen. Christian and civic duties rely on the benevolence of the people, not the mandates of the government. The government in a conservative society cannot predetermine individual choices; the people must decide and act for themselves. Conservative values focus on the ability of an individual to be self-reliant. Liberal values are focused on all are equal regardless of one’s abilities. Though American society has grown and developed over the course of its history, the founding principles do not have to be lost. Conservative ideas and values do not have to be a one-way-mirror to the past, they can become a direction to shape and govern thought. The founding fathers left America an outline of how to obtain a democratic republic run by the people. An outline is a base, which can be expanded and condensed as the needs arise, but should never be rewritten so that that basis for the outline is lost. There is a conceivable difference publicized by today’s media to imply that to be conservative of mind means to be closed-off to change and stuck in the past. The current media has painted a picture that liberal ideas mean to be more accepting of differences and open minded to the change in times. The philosophies of conservative and liberal beliefs are not centered upon one aspect of society. They are rooted in all aspects of the social issues individuals engage in on a daily basis, to the way government should manage international and domestic affairs. A country that is missing its checks and balances part of the government becomes a socialist government forgoing their democracy. The terms liberal and conservative have a completely different meaning in current times thanks to the media. History does repeat itself. Americans can only hope they are not the next Rome.