Conservative/Liberal Analytical Essay
U.S. Government I
The old, traditional meanings of conservative and Liberalism are: Conservative = slow to change, cautious, even opposed to change; liberal = open-minded, progressive. The word has the same root as "liberty." While today's conservatives share “some” of the same meanings as the old definitions, or at least the very broad conservative movement does, a better definition is: Conservatives believe in, very loosely, economic freedom, although most conservatives will not allow the economic freedom of a person's spending his own money to buy "pornography" or drugs, and many or most would forbid a person's using his own money for gambling or to hire a prostitute. They do, though, generally oppose taxation, especially income taxes and property taxes, even if their opposition comes in the form of opposing "excessive" taxes. Liberals believe in economic regulation but often claim to believe in personal freedoms; they generally support wide and deep taxation, but liberals have, for example, long opposed censorship, until recent years when “pornography” has become a "feminist" issue instead of a religious or moral issue. Liberals have ridden the "political correctness" bandwagon, not necessarily cynically, perhaps even believing in the "sensitivity" issues, but one ironic result has been various kinds of censorship. Liberals generally do believe in an activist government, which means using the force of government to impose their moral viewpoint. Based on these definitions and after carefully spending a lot of time investigating on this analysis, I will give you my general opinion and position about Conservative and Liberalism using different points and giving you examples to explain why I feel the way I feel. As you told us in class few weeks ago, “We don’t get to choose if we are conservative or liberals, we are who we are” and I strongly believe this thought. When it comes down to Abortion I feel conservative, to me human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being; and an unborn baby is a human being. I strongly oppose taxpayer’s money to fund abortion. Who are we to decide a baby’s life?? How Liberals can say that I woman has the right to decide what happens to her body? To me the decision to have an abortion is not a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body. The government should not provide abortion to women who cannot afford them. My position with capital punishment is liberal. The dead penalty should be abolished. To me, it is in humane and cruel to murder any person, not matter what crime this individual has committed. Imprisonment should be the appropriate punishment for murder. Who gives the government the right to kill an individual? Does the government have a divine or special power different than any other human being? Of course no, they are regular people, just like you and me, so by applying the dead penalty the government is also committing a crime. In my opinion only God has the right to take someone life`s, not the government. Keep in mind there is always a slightly chance to execute an innocent person. My opinion with euthanasia is very clear, my position is conservative. Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide should not be legalized. It is immoral and unethical to deliberately end the life of a terminally ill person, or enable another person to end their own life (this is call assisted suicide). These practices devalue human life. The main idea here should be compassionate care and easing the suffering of terminally ill people. Imagine what could happen if euthanasia is legalized? Doctors could assist suicides of non-critical patients or insurance companies could pressure doctors or medical institutions to withhold life-saving treatment for dying patients. Many religions like mine prohibit suicide and euthanasia. I also feel conservative with global warming. To me and many experts the issue here is not the production of...
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