Thursday, November 4, 2010

Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other

     I know that deep down, all people who subscribe to either of the two major political ideologies, liberal or conservative, want the same things: prosperity for America and its citizens; they differ only in the means of achieving these ends. What most people do not realize, however, is that either ideology unchecked by the other would result in chaos; the two are complementary.
     Those who have read my book, The Spirit Runs Through It, are familiar with the principle that every instant of creation is determined by the immediately preceding one, and becomes the raw material for the creation of the following one.
     Two things are necessary: the raw material and the creation. Their operation is both simultaneous and linear – raw material...creation...raw material...creation...etc. Nothing comes from nothing. Can you imagine the chaos that would result if objects suddenly appeared out of thin air and disappeared just as mysteriously? (It is worth noting that creation in this sense is not synonymous with betterment.)
     The principle is universal; it applies not only to the universe as a whole, but also to every object - every concept, real or imaginary; every feeling; every wisp of creation in far off outer space - within the universe. And so it applies to ideologies.
     Those on the right believe that government's role is to provide the “raw material” that citizens and businesses cannot provide for themselves – such things as the armed forces, highways, teachers, etc.
     Personal responsibility is the highest good. If one is willing to work hard, overcome the competition, and is determined to succeed, he will be rewarded, perhaps in a big way.
     Additionally the maxim from 2nd Thessalonians, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” also applies. If one is unwilling or incapable of caring for himself, his relatives or a private charity will need to act as caregiver.
     The same principle applies to businesses - if one fails, so be it. Through its maintenance of basic systems - monetary, commercial, courts, etc. - government insures equality of opportunity.  
     Partisans on the left believe that government's role is to guarantee a good life to all its citizens. They need protection not only from each other, but also from forces greater than themselves: charlatans, those richer than themselves, big business, market fluctuations, illness, etc. - an ever-growing list.
     In addition, the government should provide incentives in the form of unemployment insurance, social security, healthcare and other benefits in order that citizens are relieved of concern for the future.
     As a result, citizens are free to express themselves in various creative ways. The object is to insure equality of resources.
     The foregoing paragraphs describe the extreme ends of the ideological spectrum; fortunately each of today's political parties is somewhat more towards the middle.
     We have developed the habit of electing one party into office until their failures become apparent, then ousting them and installing their opponents. As a result, the political system oscillates between the two ideologies very much the way an auto jerks and stalls when a new driver is learning to operate a stick shift.
     Left to itself, the right would leave the consumer at the mercy of business. There would be no child labor laws, minimum wage laws, employee health insurance, pension plans or social security. Environmental deterioration would be accelerated. Businesses would migrate to areas of the world where costs are lowest, resulting in gross joblessness. Our highways would be superb, but very few people could afford cars.
     By the same token, an unchecked left would soon have business and industry so bogged down with restrictions, required expenses and taxes that continued operations would be impossible. Citizens would have little incentive to work; with so much free time on people's hands, mischief and crime would run rampant.
     As of now, both these tendencies are operating. It becomes obvious from this discussion that America would be in deep trouble if either one of these beliefs were to completely disappear.
     We need to listen to the universe and have both ideologies operate simultaneously. Cooperation doesn't come easily – in fact it hasn't come at all in recent years. It bodes ill when a leader of one party says "the single most important thing" Republicans want to achieve in the next Congress "is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
     At the present time the political atmosphere is one of highly charged antagonism between the two ideologies, resulting in legislative gridlock. I do not believe that ousting the “ins” will improve matters.
     The founding fathers disagreed violently and argued strenuously about many things, and wound up compromising on a form of government which, despite internal troubles, has endured for over 200 years. Are there any men like that around today?
     For example, if we schedule a meeting on the third floor of the building at the intersection of King and Queen Streets at 9:00 am, most of us would have no trouble attending. We have simply substituted King Street for length, Queen Street for width, third floor for height, and added the time.
     An In-Depth Look at the Spirit's Activity – The Spirit Runs Through It.

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