Republicans vs. Democrats/Conservatives vs. Liberals

Republicans vs. Democrats/Conservatives vs. Liberals

Washington : DC : USA | Apr 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM PDT
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Fitting in to the Political Labels Box

The 2012 presidential race is going to be a very heated battle. We have already seen the gloves come off, and the battle has begun. In order to better understand the differences that lie between the two parties, let us begin by taking a look at some of the major issues like abortion, gun control, taxes, welfare, energy and economic policy.


Conservatives believe that life begins at the moment of conception and a fetus is entitled to the same rights as any other individual life. Driven by strong religious beliefs, Conservatives feel that abortion is murder. Conservatives believe that their religious or personal belief should override the individual liberty of a woman who is considering an abortion.

Liberals believe in a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body. But it goes much further than that. Liberals also believe that the right of the woman to choose supersedes everything else. It is her body. It is her decision. She must live with the consequences of her choices and it is a burden that is hers alone bear. It does not mean that Liberals believe in abortion, per se. But instead that no one has the right to make the decision for a woman. They believe in the individual liberty a woman is entitled to grants her the freedom to choose.

Gun Control

Conservatives believe in the Second Amendment. They believe that they have the right to bear arms and that no amount of gun control will prevent criminals from getting guns.

Liberals believe that gun control is necessary to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. They also believe the Second Amendment allows the government to have an armed militia, not private citizens owning guns.


Conservatives believe in lower tax rates to allow the ultra-wealthy to invest in the economy. They feel that if tax rates on the wealthy “job creators," there will be fewer jobs. They also believe that the dependence on social programs - which are funded by tax dollars, has created a subsection of society that is unwilling to work for what they have since they are given what they need by the ones who work.

Liberals believe that taxes allow the government to look out for the poor and less fortunate members of society. They believe that no person should be left out in the cold and that society has an obligation to provide for those who are unable to provide for themselves.


Conservatives believe that a social net should be in place for short-term assistance, but do not support a system that allows individuals to become dependent on welfare as a way of life.

Liberals believe that long-term assistance may be necessary and support assistance to the poor.


Conservatives support the oil and gas industry. They believe that natural resources should be utilized and encourage more drilling both on land and sea. They are against EPA regulations on drilling. They see renewable energy as a resource for the future.

Liberals see renewable energy as the primary option for energy supply. They encourage investing in research and expanding renewable energy resources. They are against subsidies to the oil and gas industry.

Economic Policy

Conservatives abide by the “Trickle-Down Theory” of economics. This theory states that “job creators” will invest their money in the market and create jobs as long as tax rates are low. They believe in little or no control mechanisms in the marketplace. They put the control of the market in the hands of the corporations who determine the supply which will in turn drive demand. They believe that businesses will do the right thing when it comes to human rights, safety and the environment.

Liberals believe in supply and demand driving the market. They believe that consumers hold all power in determining the success or failure of businesses. They believe that governmental control mechanisms are necessary to level the playing field in the market place. They believe that environmental controls are necessary to protect the environment. They also believe that businesses must be regulated in order to protect human rights and safety.

Who Gets Your Vote in November

So what happens when you see your beliefs falling on both different sides on different issues? How do you choose who gets your vote? You have to be able to step back and look at the big picture. You need to understand the issues that are important to you and you must have a clear understanding of economic policy. If you do not have a clear understanding, you must then utilize valid resources for information. The internet is full of resources on all sorts of topics. The information you receive is only as good as the source. Who funded that web site? Who paid for that research? How valid is that study?

You vote is your voice. See you at the polls in November!


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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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