What the fight is really all about …

An awful lot of people are mistakenly under the impression that the great fight to save our country, our society, our culture is Republican v. Democrat. Actually, it’s liberal v. conservative.  Freedom v. statism. There are an awful lot of people in each of our two major parties who believe the government knows what’s best for you and your family.

One of our readers found this gem from Dennis Prager, which offers a very simple primer on how to tell which of these two camps — liberal or conservative, freedom-lover or statist — that you truly belong in:

Source of Human Rights

Left: government

Right: the Creator

Human Nature

Left: basically good (Therefore, society is primarily responsible for evil.)

Right: not basically good (Therefore, the individual is primarily responsible for evil.)

Economic Goal

Left: equality

Right: prosperity

Primary Role of the State

Left: increase and protect equality

Right: increase and protect liberty


Left: as large as possible

Right: as small as possible

Family Ideal

Left: any loving unit of people

Right: a married father and mother, and children

Guiding Trinity

Left: race, gender and class

Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum

Good and Evil

Left: relative to individual and/or society

Right: based on universal absolutes

Humanity’s Primary Division(s)

Left: rich and poor; strong and weak

Right: good and evil

Ideal Primary Identity of an American

Left: world citizen

Right: American citizen

How to Make a Good Society

Left: abolish inequality

Right: develop each citizen’s moral character

View of America

Left: profoundly morally flawed; inferior to any number of European countries

Right: greatest force for good among nations in world history


Left: a social construct

Right: male and female

Most Important Trait to Cultivate in a Child

Left: self-esteem

Right: self-control

Worth of the Human Fetus

Left: determined by the mother

Right: determined by society rooted in Judeo-Christian values

Primary Source of Crime

Left: poverty, racism and other societal flaws

Right: the criminal’s malfunctioning conscience

Place of God and Religion in America

Left: secular government and secular society

Right: secular government and religious society

American Exceptionalism

Left: chauvinistic doctrine

Right: historical reality

Greatest Threat to the World

Left: environmental catastrophe (currently global warming)

Right: evil (currently radical Islamist violence)

International Ideal

Left: world governed by the United Nations, and no single country is dominant

Right: world in which America is the single strongest entity

Primary Reason for Lack of Peace in Middle East

Left: Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Right: Palestinian, Arab and Muslim denial of Jewish state’s right to exist

Purpose of Art

Left: challenge status quo and bourgeois sensibilities

Right: produce works of beauty and profundity to elevate the individual and society


Left: ideally universally abolished, except for use by police, the armed forces and registered sportsmen

Right: ideally widely owned by responsible individuals for self-protection and the protection of others


Left: intrinsically significant

Right: intrinsically insignificant

Racial, Ethnic and Gender Diversity at Universities

Left: most important

Right: far less important than ideological diversity

Black America’s Primary Problem

Left: racism

Right: lack of fathers

Greatest Playwright

Left: entirely subjective; there is no greatest playwright

Right: Shakespeare


Left: not the answer

Right: sometimes the only answer


Left: wrong, except when directed at the political

Right: wrong, except when directed at evil


Left: all equal

Right: some are better than others

America’s Founding Fathers

Left: rich white male slave owners

Right: great men who founded the greatest society

Purpose of Judges

Left: pursue social justice

Right: pursue justice

National Borders

Left: a relic of the past

Right: indispensable for national survival

View of Illegal Immigrants

Left: welcomed guests

Right: illegal immigrants


Left: intrinsically valuable

Right: made for man

9 thoughts on “What the fight is really all about …

    1. He has a radio show 870kral and takes calls of any topic the last hour Friday 2pm to 3 pm eastern I challenge you to call in and tell him that and debate him on that topic

      maybe you want to also clarify your statement here with some facts/reasons to back up your opinion

      1. His take is simplistic, not mutually exclusive divisions, and mostly outright wrong.
        Just one corrected example:
        View of Illegal Immigrants
        Left: humans
        Right: illegal immigrants Unless we can exploit them to do hard labor for peanuts.

        1. your new argument is a failure once you changed things and brought business’s into the equation

          business’s in general are neither left or right they are what ever they need to be at any given time to make the most PROFIT so yes business’s want illegals so they can have them do hard labor for peanuts

          people doing hard labor for peanuts is not a value of the Left or the Right but a value of people that value profit over anything else

          but if you want to talk wages and the left is fighting for say $15 a hour min wage but the people on the left look at the small picture say one person working at a fast food restaurant trying to make ends meat and get buy on say $9 an hour and oh how $15 would help them so much
          While people in the Right wish people could be paid more they see the big picture that requiring a higher wage will loose these same jobs for many and slow down growth or in the case of fast food cause these same workers to have their jobs replaced by robots or automated kiosks that do not need health insurance of any other benefits

          so if you call his article simplified
          well it makes simple examples so people can see the root values of the two groups

          if you wanted to add another

          big or small picture thinking?
          Left – Small Individual causes
          Right- Big picture group causes
          Here is another article for you to enjoy “America’s Second Civil War” http://www.dennisprager.com/americas-second-civil-war/

          1. I did not change things. I used the same criteria as Prager. He used slavery in one of his responses which is a component of the business of exploitation for profit.

  1. To expressly address the authors point, he is exactly right. Too few folks really understand what is at stake, that being, freedom v. Statism. Put another way BIG Gov’t CONTROL of American individual freedom.
    Browny Douglas

    1. Glad a few people here like you understand this. Most people do not want to even consider how bad things really are

  2. The ease in which some people appear to be willing to give up their precious freedom is a clear statement on how ignorant these segments of our populace have become. Like the proverbial frog sitting in ever warming water until it is cooked, there will be a wake up call for those willing to allow “the government” – in whatever condition it happens to be at the moment (though history shows clearly the larger and more intrusive “the government” is the worse off the citizens are) – to control details of our everyday lives. Even if “the government” had the capacity and wisdom to be just and fair to its subjects (where that wisdom comes from is problematic because “the government” is people after all and people are flawed), the burden of paying the salaries, the vacations, the training programs, the holidays, the pensions, the health plans of the employees necessary to man the offices, agencies and general bureaucracy of “big government” along with its policemen and jailers would bankrupt any society eventually. It is economically impossible to support non-wealth generators (leeches) for long. A bankrupt society will fall into disrepair and eventually anarchy. So where are all those peachy leftist ideals when people are starving? Wake up. Look at Venezuela. The ideal government is written into our US Constitution. Defend it or suffer the consequences.

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