Thursday, January 31, 2008

Turning Left

Posted by Teresa at 3:37 PM

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America is turning to the left politically and culturally. I think this election will prove
it. This month one of the most liberal senators in Congress raised $32 million for his
presidential bid. The pendulum is swinging left after being in the right for a couple of
decades. Throughout history we've seen American society has take different shifts in
direction, it's just part of changing times and a culture. In the Republican Party, which
is usually the home of conservatives, a candidate who has a record of disagreeing with
the right wing of the party looks like he might be on the way to the nomination. I just
want to point out that I think most of the attacks being thrown at McCain are unfair.

As a conservative girl, I don't mind the turn. I will still hold true to my conservative
ideas, I'll just be swimming against the current this time. Perhaps, while American
liberals have found their voice, we'll find ours.

5 comments:

UJ on 4:56 PM, January 31, 2008 said...

The examples of left and right you give, the power of particular political powers, are both extremely relative. There is a "left" wing and a "right" wing in every single body politic.

What do you classify as left or liberal? I only ask because the specific platform of today's American left wing has nothing to do with Liberalism, Socialism, or any of those antique ideologies that once made up the "American Left."

I'm also surprised that, as a "conservative girl," you aren't taking this sociocultural opportunity to rid yourself of the label of Conservatism. After all, unlike the left, the American Right is still very much tied to its antique ideologies. For example, conservative free speech is the dominance of wealth, conservative free markets are de-regulated, guilded tyrannies, conservative states rights are tied to anti-civil rights, anti-abolition rhetoric, conservative private property values are tied to rhetoric against the civil rights movement.

However, many evangelical christians were tricked into thinking they were conservatives, because the Republican Party figured out how to convince them "State's Rights" didn't mean the right to state regulation of slavery, but that it somehow had something to do with Roe v. Wade. Evangelicals don't know that Roe v. Wade is a Corporate backed and protected decision purely because family planning allows business access to heretofore unweildy and unpredictable female labor markets. Period.

My question is not whether America is turning left, but rather, are you really a conservative? With all the information you have access to, are you absolutely positive that Conservative describes your philosophy, ideology, or political partisanship? Your words say conservative, but I don't think that actually describes what you're trying to say.

Teresa on 5:47 PM, January 31, 2008 said...

"Evangelicals don't know that Roe v. Wade is a Corporate backed and protected decision purely because family planning allows business access to heretofore unweildy and unpredictable female labor markets. Period."

I agree with you there. I used to be fervently ant-abortion, not any longer. However, my problem with Roe v. Wade is that it turns a medical procedure to a government protected right. I'm for less government interference in our lives. Period.

UJ on 5:52 PM, January 31, 2008 said...

How is a right interference? Are there any other rights you'd like to take away?

Teresa on 6:00 PM, January 31, 2008 said...

First let me say that I'm not for making abortion illegal. I wouldn't agree with that. However, I don't believe that abortion is women's right. Women should have the choice but it's not a constitutional right.

UJ on 6:05 PM, January 31, 2008 said...

It's not a constitutional right. The ruling says its inherent within rights already in the constitution. So technically in order to remove it as a "right" you'd have to remove several entries to the bill of rights, the right to equality in citizenship, as well as other judicially held rights.

See Marbury v Madison to understand the role of the supreme court in making law.

 

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