Conservatives vs. liberals

Sarah Swanson

I have tried to avoid the rampant speculation and mudslinging that accompany election years and editorial pages, but I have decided this would be a good time to outline my stance on American politics.I say “stance on” rather than “stance in” because I generally refrain from associating myself with a particular political party.

Instead, I hold a sort of philosophy about government and what its purposes should be, and I vote for the candidate who seems to be pursuing that goal most effectively (Although, deep down, I agree with my father: they’re all crooks.)

This philosophy usually, though not universally, leads me to sympathize with the Democratic Party and its efforts to mobilize more human services for American citizens.

And unless a really viable third party candidate shows up on the scene before November, I have every intention of voting for whichever Democrat runs against Bush.

I’m not doing it specifically because Bush is a patent liar and puppet for the upper class, but rather because of what Bush represents: conservatism.

Back in my freshman year of high school, I learned the basic difference between conservatives and liberals, and since then I have marveled at the degree of self-deception (or self-indulgence) necessary for so many to call themselves conservative.

A conservative is a person who believes in the status quo. Conservatives believe that the United States is perfect the way it is, and the only change they support is backward.

On the other hand, liberals see there is still room for improvement and believe any change is better than stagnation.

Even if a change has negative effects, it is always possible to change back, or make another change in a different direction.

Anyone with a brain in their head and eyes in their face should see the United States has a lot of problems.

Though we consider ourselves the most “open” nation on earth, we lag behind many other developed nations in embracing the inevitable changes brought about simply by time.

I will never disagree with anyone that America is the strongest country on earth and has even more potential to be the greatest nation in history. Instead of embracing that potential, though, we squander it by constantly abusing our power instead of using it effectively.

As far as I can tell, the people who think the country is perfect the way it is are those who are making money off it. That may be the American Way, but ignoring the needs and rights of millions of citizens in order to pursue personal goals is not only corrupt – it is criminal.

Unfortunately, there is no way to charge such crimes, so we liberals must fight the uphill battle to change our nation from within.