Liberals are quite the anomaly; rational, intelligent, politically knowledgeable, and creative. They have a huge heart and are some of the of the kindest people I know. They are often well intentioned and sincere. Many are in the arts/entertainment field and are very passionate.
As a Student of Psychology
As a student of psychology I can tell you it’s a brain wiring/experience difference, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s a nature/God thing. From that position of “caretaker” liberals have a strong belief that government can be the solution, and in some areas they are right. Conservative views come from a different experience/brain wiring (it’s not a coincidence that generally vegetarians/gatherers are liberal and hunters/warriors are conservative). I always tell my sister, a vegetarian, that we hunter/warrior types allow the vegetarians/gatherers to exist, but in reality we need both in this world and that’s the one concept that escapes the left.
Often conservatives are more in the government’s line of fire and are more aware of the changes that are affecting our country and its culture. Interestingly, many on the left are of the oppressed groups (blacks, gays, blue-collar workers, etc.) And need assistance to right the seeming wrongs of society. They, as well, are strongly influenced by their environment.
Liberalism is a utopian ideology, or at least when I was younger, and very left of center, that was my perspective/world view. Conservatives seem to be more pragmatic and believe the government’s role has unintentionally helped keep these groups oppressed—especially blacks, but the poor in general.
I think both sides, for the most part, want the same results. My gut feeling is both sides, (the politicians), are the problem. Democrats don’t seem to grasp that idea because so many of them are ostensibly benefiting from government in one way or another. There are no bigger supporters of government than the government, and it feeds off the productive part of society while giving lip service to its base by blaming business for America’s ills. As it does it grows like a cancer feeding on those that can least afford—the middle and lower class of Americans…
I’m sad over the current direction our country is headed. Our government attracts people who can become corrupted and so continues the cycle. It’s best we do away career politicians, starting with, and in this order: Lawyers, Liars, and Liberals. My poster boy for Term Limits, Charlie Crist, comes to mind.
Thanks to my dear friends, Nick and Patricia, for their inspiration and encouragement.