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Political Confusion: Conservative, Liberal, or Moderate? What Does It Mean?

How can we hope, to have a more unified society, where people consider the perspectives, needs, perceptions, priorities, etc, of others, until/ unless, there is a concerted effort, to reduce our reliance on, using labels? Expressions, such as Far Right, Liberal, Progressive, Conservative, and Moderate, rather than merely indicating someone’s political choice or focus, have often, been used, to chastise, and label, things, we don’t agree with. America should represent all our citizens, and, wouldn’t we all, be better served, if we would follow, the concept, of having the right to one’s opinions and perspectives, as well as being willing to disagree, while maintaining a genuine focus, which emphasizes, defending everyone’s right to their opinion, and perspective? This article, will, therefore, attempt to briefly, identify, consider, and discuss, some of these, so – called, labels, and the difference between what various people believe, it means, and represents.

1. Conservative: Is conservative, a social, or economic description? What we considered, as such, in the past, is quite different, from what some, state it represents today! The label, Neo – Con, which literally, would mean, new conservative, often, means, those on, what, many refer to, as the Far Right. However, how can those, who claim this label, vote for things, which have extreme economic potential ramifications? Traditionally, conservatives were for careful spending and budgeting, but that seems to be less so, today. Now, it’s often, more, a case, of political expediency! One might possess, a so – called, conservative economic philosophy, combined with a more progressive, social agenda, and/ or, vice versa.

2. Liberal: What does it mean, to be liberal, and/ or progressive? Is the commitment to social fairness, and equal rights, etc, a liberal or conservative concept? Why does it often appear, these labels are simply used, for political, rather than social, or relevant value? Why do conservatives, seem to use the term, liberal, as some sort, of negative statement, and liberals, behave, the same way, towards those who disagree, with them?

3. Moderate: Moderate political perspectives, today, often encompass, far different things, than they did, a few years ago. Historically, American Presidents, all fell, into a category, within, approximately, 5% of the so – called, center. With the election of Donald Trump, as President of the United States, everything seems to have changed, and the level of vitriol, and polarization, has escalated, dramatically! Who is really served, when one segment of American society, gets pitted against another?

Forget the labels, and consider, the best way to proceed forward, with sane policies, which focus on helping all, in a fair and balance way! Wake up, America, and demand better, from those you elect, to serve and represent you!

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands, conducted personal development seminars, and worked on political campaigns, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. Website: and LIKE the Facebook page for common sense politics:

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