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Labels – Defining NeoCon vs. Right Wing Conservative, and How It Compares to Left Wing Liberal

By Dennis Knicely

Originally written Feb. 5, 2004 – Updated Sept. 24, 2008

Media and press call many Left Wing Liberals. How is this label really defined? “Left” politically means “those who do not favor extreme courses, and on occasions vote with the government”. “Left Wing” means “Those trying to reform the established order, particularly in political matters, to enhance the condition of the common people”.

“Liberal” means “One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems”. It can also be defined as “showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; a broad political stance; generous and broad sympathies; tolerant of his opponent's opinions". “a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties [syn: {progressive}][ant: {conservative}”

Opposition to what many consider an unnecessary War and fragmentation of the Bill of Rights [The Patriot Act] labels them “Left Wing Liberal”. Favoring Government reforms, and restoring a system that acknowledges the needs of all people, not just the wealthiest, would also define the “Progressive Movement” at this point in history.

Now let’s look at “Right Wing” Conservative. “Right” means “Conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty”; “The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, -- the opposite of moral wrong; A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact.” "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision". Politically it means “{Bill of Rights}, a list of rights; a paper containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See under {Bill}.” “1. To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct. 2. To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate”; “That to which one has a just claim.”

Conservative defines “One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury; innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.” “One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.” “Of or pertaining to a political party which favors the conservation of existing institutions and forms of government” “{Conservative system} (Mech.), a material system of such a nature that after the system has undergone any series of changes, and been brought back in any manner to its original state, the whole work done by external agents on the system is equal to the whole work done by the system overcoming external forces. –Clerk Maxwell.[1913 Webster]”

Opposing the Patriot Act and this latest War in Iraq is in fact ALSO a Right Wing Conservative position by definition. It is an adherence to a basic “Right” established in The Constitution of the United States. Furthermore, or laws not allowing Marijuana [aka: Hemp] to be grown also violates our Declaration of Independence, since it was originally written on hemp paper! A traditionally conservative position, also shared by our Native American elders is “Every plant has a right to life, and is shared with us by God [our Creator]. No man has a right to tell us which one can or cannot be grown”.

In the strictest sense of the word, our present Bush Administration in the United States is not Right Wing Conservative. We The People, that believe in basic human rights, are the true Right Wing Conservatives. George W. Bush is not defined as Right Wing, in our present Government, as he has admitted to smoking marijuana and using cocaine, as well as alcohol abuse leading to an arrest! These acts are against existing laws! After supporting a fragmentation of our Bill of Rights, as well as authorizing a pre-emptive strike on Iraq, this administration CANNOT be defined as true Conservative!

The present Government Administration would be properly labeled as “Neo”, and not necessarily conservative, as they would like us to believe. “Neo” is defined as “A prefix meaning: new, recent, late”. Dennis Kucinich has embraced causes defined both Right Wing Conservative and Left Wing Liberal. He is Right Wing Conservative by opposing the Patriot Act, and leading the Progressives in Congress by voting against this unjust War in Iraq. He is “Right” in NOT violating the law by smoking marijuana, yet supports legislation that would decriminalize marijuana, so hemp can be beneficial to us in numerous ways [fuel, oil, medicine, clothing, paper, building materials, etc.], thereby restoring our Traditional Conservative position regarding a plant’s right to life! Dennis is also Conservative by preserving innocent victims from injury and ruin, caused by devastation to the environment as well as “factory bombing and oil exploration”, allowing a few corporate figures to profit while the masses suffer. The conservative act of “turning swords into plowshares” goes back to Biblical times!

Congressman Kucinich is also a Left Wing Liberal by suggesting a long-overdue Department of Peace in Washington, and restoring a balance, which would also honor the most basic rights to the common folk in our society. This open-minded dialogue, which has happened with the debates and the Progressive Caucus he spearheads, are helping create a new and much needed direction for the Democratic Party, which are now embracing what “used to be” basic Republican Values [before recent administrations] as well as reforms necessary for our Government to survive!

Positions on issues have now shifted. These new ideas are re-defining our most basic need of Order within our Government, and Truth revealed regarding how people are defined and labeled.

More later...

References: Go to: http://www.definition.net/ ; Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913); The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44; WordNet (r) 1.7 [wn]

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