Tuesday, October 14, 2008

to vote or not to vote?

I must admit, I'm not very politically savvy.
I'm not entirely sure what each party stands for other than slagging the opposing one.
I watched the debate, yet I'm still undecided.
who to vote for? that is the question.
Should I even vote?
I'm not even sure what the fundamental difference is between Liberal & Conservative.
this is what I came up with

What is the difference between a liberal and a conservative?

This isn't original, but If a young man is not a liberal, he has no heart. If an old man is not a conservative, he has no head.
Basically, liberals think that the government should take care of the people and conservatives believe that people can take care of themselves.
"Conservatives" believe that the government should stay out of your life, unless you're a pregnant woman, gay, etc.
Answer: Basically, liberals think that the government should take care of the people and conservatives believe that people can take care of themselves. In today's politics liberals can be associated to the Democratic Party and conservatives are closely associated with the Republican Party. P. E. Harrell
10) Conservatives believe that individual Americans have a right to defend themselves and their families with guns and that right cannot be taken away by any method short of a Constitutional Amendment, which conservatives would oppose. Liberals believe by taking arms away from law abiding citizens, they can prevent criminals, who aren't going to abide by gun control laws, from using guns in the commission of crimes.
9) Conservatives believe that we should live in a color blind society where every individual is judged on the content of his character and the merits of his actions. On the other hand, liberals believe that it's ok to discriminate based on race as long as it primarily benefits minority groups.
8) Conservatives are capitalists and believe that entrepreneurs who amass great wealth through their own efforts are good for the country and shouldn't be punished for being successful. Liberals are socialists who view successful business owners as people who cheated the system somehow or got lucky. That's why they don't respect high achievers and see them as little more than piggy banks for their programs.
7) Conservatives believe that abortion ends the life of an innocent child and since we believe that infanticide is wrong, we oppose abortion. Most liberals, despite what they'll tell you, believe that abortion ends the life of an innocent child, but they prefer killing the baby to inconveniencing the mother.
6) Conservatives believe in confronting and defeating enemies of the United States before they can harm American citizens. Liberals believe in using law enforcement measures to deal with terrorism, which means that they feel we should allow terrorists to train, plan, and actually attempt to kill Americans before we try to arrest them -- as if you can just send the police around to pick up a terrorist mastermind hiding in Iran or the wilds of Pakistan.
5) Conservatives, but not necessarily Republicans (which is unfortunate), believe it's vitally important to the future of the country to reduce the size of government, keep taxes low, balance the budget, and get this country out of debt. Liberals, and Democrats for that matter, believe in big government, high taxes, and they have never met a new spending program they didn't like, whether we will have to go into debt to pay for it or not.
4) Conservatives believe that government, by its very nature, tends to be inefficient, incompetent, wasteful, and power hungry. That's why we believe that the government that governs least, governs best. Liberals think that the solution to every problem is another government program. Even when those new programs create new problems, often worse than the ones that were being fixed in the first place, the solution is always....you guessed it, another government program.
3) Conservatives are patriotic, believe that America is a great nation, and are primarily interested in looking out for the good of the country. That's why we believe in "American exceptionalism" and "America first." Liberals are internationalists who are more concerned about what Europeans think of us and staying in the good graces of the corrupt bureaucrats who control the UN than looking out for the best interests of this nation.
2) Conservatives, most of them anyway, believe in God and think that the Constitution has been twisted by liberal judges to illegitimately try to purge Christianity from the public square. We also believe, most of us anyway, that this country has been successful in large part because it is a good, Christian nation and if our country ever turns away from the Lord, it will cease to prosper. Liberals, most of them anyway, are hostile to Christianity. That's why, whether you're talking about a school play at Christmas time, a judge putting the Ten Commandments on the wall of his court, or a store employee saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays," liberals are dedicated to driving reminders of Christianity from polite society.
1) Conservatives believe in pursuing policies because they're pragmatic and because they work. Liberals believe in pursuing policies because they're "nice" and make them feel good. Whether the policies they're advocating actually work or not is of secondary importance to them.
Addendum: Conservatives believe that there should be no government interference in business. Liberals believe that some oversight and regulation is necessary. As we sit on the edge of more government bail-outs for big business, whose failures were caused primarily by deregulation allowing rampant greed and criminality, I wonder how that shores up the idea that "people can take care of themselves." Not if they're rich corporations, I guess.

sheesh...I'm thinking Green party....

On a lighter note.... and if you are still reading...
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.
The weather was absolutely perfect in our neck of the woods/city.
Is there a nicer time of year?

I cheated this year and bought an organic stuffed turkey breast from Cumbrea's.
I did however make a homemade squash, apple & bean soup and shredded Brussel sprouts with Niagara Pancetta. yum.
and it wouldn't be thanksgiving without a homemade Cranberry orange sauce with cinammon, and grand marnier.
grandma brought the pumpkin pie- which was awesome.

much to be thankful for indeed.


Ms. Porter said...

I'm still totally undecided too. I don't want to NOT vote but crap, I'm not impressed with anyone at this point.

Mac and Cheese said...

I vote for the soup!

...and so on it goes said...

Sheesh, do you think that top 10 list just might have been written by and American Republican....doesn't sound like Canada (PC or Liberal) at all.

Happy Thanksgiving to all....
I am thankful to be a Canadian.