American Elephants

What’s the Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives? by The Elephant's Child

Some time ago, I found some of these statements at  Bookworm Room, and copied them down because I thought they were clever, then  I added some of my own.  So here’s your chance — add your own— complain that they are not true — just be polite and watch your language.

Conservatives believe that  imperfect  human nature is fixed and common across all cultures.
Liberals believe that human nature is imperfect and needs to be fixed in order
to improve the culture.

Conservatives believe that programs that don’t work should be ended
to stop the spending.

Liberals believe that programs that  don’t work can be fixed by more spending.

Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions.
Liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.

Liberals believe poverty leads to bad behavior.
Conservatives believe poverty is the consequence of bad behavior.

Conservatives believe in elevating people in the name of achievement
and betterment.

Liberals believe in devolving people to the lowest common denominator in the name
of social justice.

Conservatives believe America’s primary threats are foreign.
Liberals believe that America’s primary threats are domestic.

Liberals believe that wealth is a fixed value.
Conservatives believe that wealth is created.

Conservatives define generosity as giving of one’s own wealth.
Liberals define generosity as giving of other people’s wealth.

Liberals believe that competition should be discouraged because it makes
the loser feel bad.
Conservatives believe that competition should be encouraged because
it makes the loser work harder.

Liberals believe that most progress is made by the careful work of government bureaucracy.
Conservatives believe that most problems are made by the unintended consequences of the work of government bureaucracy.

Liberals believe that capitalism is unfair because some people become too rich.
Conservatives believe that capitalism offers everyone the opportunity
to become rich.

Conservatives believe that America is the Last Best Hope on Earth.
Liberals believe that with some Hope and lots of Change perhaps America
can be improved.

These Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us! by The Elephant's Child
August 17, 2010, 6:30 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, Politics, Statism | Tags: , ,

(h/t: Ace of Spades)

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