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Political Spectrum
The Political Spectrum
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The image above shows the political spectrum which pretty much speaks for itself. However, I would like to make some comments about it.

The left side of the spectrum is red and the right side is generally considered blue. Sometimes, people will be considered 'reds.' that would be left. But mostly people just say a person is left or right.

On the left side of the spectrum there is total control. The right side has no control. Both are bad.

The further a government slides to the left the more it controls it's people. On the absolute right there is absolutely no government control. This may sound okay but there's drawbacks such as no infrastructure or security. You are on your own. You're not very free when you have to sit around and guard your survival garden all day and night.

The left side is just as bad, as you have no control over your life. Everything is decided for you. There's not even that much security for if you rock the boat, you are gone. This is called 'totalitarianism.'

It costs a lot of money to run a government that's on the left. It's because it takes a lot of resources, people and otherwise to control everything.

A government toward the right doesn't take so many resources because they try to control relatively few things. This is called 'limited government.'

The money to run government comes from you, businesses and from outside the country in the form of tariffs and import duties. On the extreme left they take all of your resources, on the extreme right they don't take any.

The USSR was a hard left government. They controlled where you lived, what you did for a living, how long you worked, where you could go, what things cost, what things were available to buy and even tried to control what you thought. They took your kids away at an early age and turned them into good little communists. As you can see when the government controls everything, the individual has little control; very little agency.

Okay, so both extremes are bad. So what's good??? More towards the middle.

The founding fathers set up a government with enough power to protect liberty: inalienable rights, national defense, interstate commerce; things like that. But they limited government in such a way that government couldn't take your freedoms away. Really, it was the best of both worlds!

Fascism and Nazism are on the right??? That's what some people would have you think. Back before WWII, there wasn't a lot of philosophical difference between FDR, Hitler and Mussolini. (...sounds like a pretty radical statement but read 'Liberal Fascism' by Jonah Goldberg and you'll see what I mean. (...the guy's a total genius.)) Everybody knew FDR was on the left. To make a political separation from those nuts in Europe, FDR started spinning that Hitler and Mussolini were right! It just wasn't true! They were more left than he was. Well, the distinction that Nazism and Fascism are on the right persists to this day.

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thomas-jefferson.jpg - 1764 Bytes The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

thomas-jefferson.jpg - 1764 BytesWhen the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

thomas-jefferson.jpg - 1764 BytesThe natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

james-madison.jpg - 2101 BytesI believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison (1751-1836)

somerset-maugham.jpg - 2110 BytesIf a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

abraham-lincoln.jpg - 1742 BytesAmerica will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

thomas-jefferson.jpg - 1764 BytesMy reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson

thomas-jefferson.jpg - 1764 BytesTo compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson

thomas-jefferson.jpg - 1764 BytesGovernment governed least is government governed best. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

noah-webster.jpg - 1872 BytesGood intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. Noah Webster (1758-1843)