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THE Difference Between Liberalism and Conservatism…

(just a reminder, Guffaw is a libertarian!)

(from FDR’s Second Bill of Rights)

  • The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  • The right to a good education.

…Now before I waste too much of your time, let’s establish who I’m talking to.  If you believe that we live in an evil, imperialist nation from its founding, and you believe that it should be “fundamentally transformed”, lend me your ears.  If you believe that the free market is the source of the vast majority of society’s ills and wish to have more government intervention into it, I’m talking to you.  If you believe that health care is a basic human right and that government should provide it to everyone, you’re the guy I’m screaming at.  If you think minorities cannot possibly survive in this inherently racist country without handouts and government mandated diversity quotas, you’re my guy.  If you believe that rich people are that way because they’ve exploited their workers and acquired wealth on the backs of the poor, keep reading.  Pretty much, if you trust government more than your fellow American, this post is for you.

…Everything that modern liberalism accomplishes is accomplished at the barrel of a government rifle.  You do not trust in the generosity of the American people to provide, through private charity, things such as clothing, food, shelter, and health care, so you empower the government to take from them and spend the money on wasteful, inefficient, and inadequate government entitlement programs.  You do not trust in the personal responsibility of the average American to wield firearms in defense of themselves and their families, so you seek to empower the government to criminalize the use and possession of firearms by private citizens.  Every time you empower the government, you lose more of your personal liberty — it’s an axiomatic truth.  (Sufficient Reason)

You can't handle the truth!,

Seriously, you should go and read the whole essay.


The difference between conservatism and liberalism (e.g. progressivism, socialism, communism, fascism) is that liberals conservatives statists force their agenda on all through the implied (and sometimes direct) government violence against citizens.

Ultimately, this argument is NOT about liberal versus conservative, it’s about statism versus liberty!

Thus endeth the rant…

h/t Jeremy N. Choate


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “THE Difference Between Liberalism and Conservatism…

  1. “and spend the money on wasteful, inefficient, and inadequate government entitlement programs”, thus depriving those whose moral obligation is to care for the needy of much needed funds that they could use to better target real need.

    I ask people which is the better approach: 1) Give somebody who works in an office miles away $20 and have them break it into $1s, deduct travel costs, and walk to a corner in my town and throw the money down on the street in hopes that at least a few needy will end up with a bit of it or 2) I, in communication with volunteers who keep track of such things, take the full $20 and buy exactly what is needed and deliver it to exactly those who need it. The first is letting the government do it. The second is people fulfilling their moral obligation to care for the needy in their community.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | December 2, 2013, 8:57 am
  2. I always thought the difference between liberalism and conservatism was purely in the quantity and quality of how they would screw the citizen. That seems to be the reality of the legislation they support. Screw you hard and slow or harder and faster, either way you are getting screwed.

    Posted by Matt | December 2, 2013, 9:18 am
  3. +1 on PH… and she didn’t even use any four letter words! 🙂

    Posted by oldnfo | December 2, 2013, 5:09 pm
  4. On the commute home tonight I had an epiphany about the Constitution. The fact that evil slimy slugs like FDR and barak hussein obama (barry soto, whoever the eff he is) have attempted to subvert it ever since the inception of this grand experiment we call the United States of America completely and fundamentally validates the need for the Constitution.
    If you have spent your entire life trying to curtail a law that limits the power of the state, you are a statist…and mentally ill, I might add…dangerously so.

    Posted by kx59 | December 2, 2013, 7:57 pm

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