I’m hardly a genius….
…but I think it’s time people start figuring out why conservatives all over the country are upset. So, I’m going to attempt to explain why Republicans are furious with the direction of America and its leadership as well. This is a rather simplistic attempt, but it should explain some of the divisions between the two sides.
Republicans are infamous for being a few things: highly relgious, capitalists, and constitutionalists. The party started out by being anti-slavery when it wasn’t cool to be anti-slavery. It was a largely northern group at the time (1840’s) and it’s first President was Lincoln. So, we can get a really good idea of why Republicans/Conservatives are so angry just by understanding their three infamous qualities.
1. Religion – For many conservatives, this is a non-negotiable value. When I say that, I mean that the majority of conservatives would never be willing to negotiate their religious beliefs. They believe what they believe, and you will never change their minds.
Many liberals struggle with this mindset. How could someone be so unwilling to consider another possible position on an issue? It’s very simple. Most of these religious conservatives believe that the Holy Bible is the one, true law, instituted by an omnipresent, omnipotent, divine being. So, when the government goes outside of that law and allows things that go against that one true law, it presents a serious problem for conservatives. What makes this even more difficult is that the liberal view is the absolute opposing view in most cases (i.e. abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment, etc.). Many liberals dislike the notion of a divine being guiding the decision-making of their fellow citizens. Ironically, conservatives dislike that a portion of the population seemingly having no spiritual guiding force while making choices that affect them. The arguments may sound reasonable, however these positions are non-negotiable for both parties.
2. Capitalism – The Republican Party has long been considered the party of big business. Capitalism and the Free Market Economy ideology are the cornerstone of the economic policies of the GOP. “Reaganomics” has become increasingly more popular over the past few years, but Capitalism remains the model of choice.
Many liberals disapprove of this model, for reasons which are beyond me. It’s the only proven economic model in history. The other, more infamous option is Communism, and we all know how that worked out for Russia, Italy, Japan, and so many more. For some reason, the liberal citizens in America believe this to be a better system, more fair for all. It’s been proven that, although hardly a perfect system, Capitalism is a better for system for everyone involved. Just read any economics book, and pay close attention to the competition chapters.
3. Freedoms and Rights – This last piece is fairly simple. The constitution has been the guiding document that explains how our government is designed, what rights the citizens have, and many other administrative functions that are necessary to a properly-functioning federal government.
The concern is that our Founding Fathers were not 100% clear in some of the language used. Thus, we must interpret the language for our own purposes. As you can imagine, this creates a serious problem. These two sides generally fight over the appropriate interpretation of the law. Whichever party is in power legislates with a slant, however slight or severe, in their own direction. Inevitably, this infuriates the opposition. When they have power, they do the same thing and legislate with a slant in their own direction.
There’s the lesson. We don’t see things the same way, therefore we don’t agree on the solutions or even what the problems are.
For the most part, the majority of Americans can agree on certain things. Take the tax code. How do we pay for things we need? Taxes. Most agree this is a necessary, and it’s in the constitution, so the government can tax the citizens. But it is rarely the big issue that causes the serious divisions.
It’s the details that get people all wound up. How much to tax? What to tax? Who pays what? Who doesn’t pay anything? When to pay? Who gets the revenues? What do we pay for with the revenues? What don’t we pay for with the revenues? There are hundreds of possible questions on this singular issue, and it does not even begin to scratch the surface. When a major issue comes along (health care, for instance), the discussion is troubled from the start. It is no longer about health care: it’s about business, economies of scale, right, freedoms, and much more.
So, that’s a lot of very simplistic discussion on why conservatives are so angry. I hope it makes sense.