Reasons for irreconcilable differences
Progressives and Conservatives seldom agree on anything. And
there are root causes for this great divide that few of us bother to
Progressives (also known as “liberals”, “socialists”,
“communists”) and conservatives (especially “social” conservatives, and to a
lesser degree “fiscal” conservatives) each maintain a “world view” that is
worlds apart from one another.
One of the foundational differences is highlighted in the first
installment of a Front Page Magazine article by Dennis Prager titled “The Differences Between Left and Right”. In this first
installment one of the root differences is whether humans are inherently good or
inherently evil. Or, putting it more mildly, whether we are prone to do good,
selfless things, or prone to do less good, more selfish things. Liberals tend
to believe we are inherently prone to do good. Conservatives believe we are
inherently prone to do evil.
Many of our political beliefs and differences
stem from these basic differences in world view.
The liberal/progressive predisposition leads to public policies
that are called “progressive” in the sense of humanity always progressing toward
a utopian future facilitated by a large “benevolent, all-knowing” government and
elite academia that relies on “pure motives” to lead us “forward.”
The conservative predisposition leads to public policies that
distrust government, favor the “rule of law” and a set of agreed upon standards
and constraints the provide an environment that facilitates personal
responsibility, initiative, and creativity.
I am a conservative because I am aware of human history, the
folly and failure of just about every form of government, and the reality of
current events. I consider liberals to be unrealistic Pollyannas. And I have
observed that the Christian Bible has pretty much nailed the human condition –
in more ways than one.
Conservatives who might believe that “progressivism” is the root
cause of all error and turmoil around us don’t dig far enough down to discover
the taproots. Those who fail to do this digging tend to be “fiscal
conservatives” only, and believe that “social conservatism” is an irrelevant and
Social conservatives, of which I am one, believe that
widespread, personal rebellion against morality and cultural norms, and the
culture’s unquestioning acceptance of that rebellion, as we hear Michelle Obama encouraging graduates to “shape the
revolution”, is the root cause of our nation’s failures and decline.
Progressives deny there is a decline at all, and instead apply their faulty
predispositions to continuing our failures. They can’t even admit that Islam is
an evil ideology. They have a disdain for the distinction between “good” and
“evil.” This is why liberals seldom admit to any wrongdoing. They believe they
are superior to anything in the past. They focus on the bad things from the
past while conservatives emphasize the good from the past.
A new book titled “The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever
Agree” by William Gairdner discusses this topic in great detail. This book
is worth a read even just for its many tables that ask “where do you stand” on
topics like “human nature”, “freedom”, “equality and inequality” “God and
religion”, “homosexuality”, “abortion”, and “euthanasia.”