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The Geometry of Party Politics

November 11, 2012

A square is a four-sided geometrical figure existing in only two dimensions. It has no depth. The same can be said for conservatives. In the 1960’s, republicans adopted the four sides of conservatism which are:
1] FC = Fiscal Conservatives champion balanced budgets, less government and fewer regulations.
2] DC = Defense Conservatives support strong borders, a foreign policy through strength, and a strong national defense.
3] CC = Constitutional Conservatives want strict adherence to the Constitution and the original intent of our Founding Fathers, with an emphasis on states rights.
4] SC = Social Conservatives favor defense of marriage, anti-abortion, and Judeo-Christian ethics.

Put another way, conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free unregulated markets, individual liberty (when it suits them), traditional American values and a strong national defense.  They believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

Fast-forward 50 years. In 2012, republicans would have fared better as a triangle without the fourth side of social conservatism (SC) and with some tweaks to the remaining three sides. America is a drastically different country than it was in 1960. The world we live in has changed, demographics have changed and values have changed. Conservatives have not changed and are going to go the way of the dinosaur if they don’t.

A sphere is a three-dimensional, geometrical object that contains all the space within it. It has no sides but does have depth. It is unified. This is a good analogy of the progressive Democratic party that tries to encompass not only the more liberal constituency that Americans have become, but ALL Americans that are contained within that sphere – including the conservatives. Progressive Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. They believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.

Defense Conservatives tend to be bullies on the world stage because of their preference for military force over rational diplomatic solutions.

Fiscal Conservatives need to realize that unrestrained capitalism is what brought about the Great Recession, and that regulations are absolutely necessary to prevent the abuses of greedy capitalists run amok. There is nothing wrong with expecting the government to live within its means and eliminate deficits.

Constitutional Conservatives don’t take into account that the original constitution was not perfect. That’s why we have 27 amendments to it so far. Even with the amendments, it’s still not perfect and strict adherence to every word is a narrow-minded endeavor.

The biggest problem is with Social Conservatives who want to impose their own tightly-wound, extremist Christian values on the rest of the country. Imagine if Muslims became the base of a major political party in America and tried to impose Sharia law on all our citizens. Republicans would join forces with Democrats to make sure that didn’t come to pass. The same should go for any religion. Americans represent all religions so no one religion or value system should have any preference in politics. This is the side of the conservative square that must be eliminated. The remaining triangle needs to become more rational and open-minded if it wants to exist in the all-inclusive sphere with the rest of us.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 17, 2012 1:57 AM

    I don’t like to be part of the sphere: given half a chance, a sphere will always roll downhill

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