The American Elections: The Right and The Left

The difference between left and right has become very ambiguous for it being used for a very long time (since the end of the 18th century, after the French Revolution) and in many countries with different politics and ideologies. To simply put it though, the difference between the left wing and the right wing is that the left is for change while the right is for traditionalism. And by change I mean any change, whether social, economical or political. It can also be put as left being pro community as a whole and right being pro individual. Meaning that in a rightest point of view, every person is responsible for themselves. In the U.S., the terms liberal (left) and conservative (right) are also associated with the same idea. Being a leftist is not to be mixed with being a socialist, because depending on the country being "pro community" can be achieved by different ideologies.

In the U.S. the left (liberal) party is the Democrats, while the right (conservative) is the Republicans. Below is a comparison between the two ideologies (more on source)

Yes, there is big differences between their politics and ours, yet if you think about it, there are a lot of things in common between The Republicans and our Muslim Brotherhood.

Liberal (i.e. Left) Conservative (i.e. Right)
Representative Party Democrats Republicans
Abortion Pro-choice (parents can choose to get rid of the embryo) Pro-life
Affirmative Action For (i.e. maintain race-based preferences) Against (i.e. ban race-based preferences)
Business Increase regulation and worker protection Ease regulation and keep government out of business
Crime Protect the rights of the accused first and foremost Provide maximum punishment and protect the rights of the victim first and foremost
Death Penalty Ban Maintain
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Use federal funding for the research Don't use federal funding for the research
Government Size Increase the government and use more socialistic policies Reduce the government and use more capitalistic, free-market policies
Gun Control Ban all gun ownership by civilians, especially handguns and assault rifles Protect gun ownership
Health Care Make 100 percent government controlled De-regulate and introduce free market reform
Immigration Grant amnesty to illegal aliens; don't build a fence along the Mexican border; allow illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses; prevent the creation of a national ID card & database to track people in the country. Prevent amnesty for illegal & driver's licenses for illegal aliens; construct a Mexican border fence; create a national ID card & database to track people in the country. Increase or maintain legal immigration only.
Kyoto Treaty Sign this environmental treaty Don't sign this environmental treaty
Minimum Wage Increase Lower or eliminate altogether
Missile Defense Scrap this program Pursue this program
Personal Responsibility Government needs to protect people from themselves People should be responsible and be held accountable for their own actions
Physician- Assisted Suicide Allow (a sick person may ask the physician to let them die) Prevent
Religion Maintain separation of church and state; prevent faith-based government initiatives Introduce more religion in schools; allow faith-based government initiatives
Same-Sex Marriage Legalize Ban
Social Security Increase age of beginning eligibility (e.g. 68 or 70); increase salary limits subject to tax Privatize; i.e. allow citizens control over their own money and allow stock investments
Social Spending Increase Decrease or maintain
Taxes Increase taxes, especially on the rich Cut taxes, especially on businesses that invest and hire
Unions Workers should be unionized wherever possible, even if it means mandatory joining of a union to work at a place Unionization should be limited, and workers should never be forced to join
World Peace Negotiate first and only take military action if sanctioned by the U.N. and other world organizations Work with world bodies and use negotiation, but take unilateral pre-emptive action if necessary to protect America

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