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What makes the right and the left so divided, in your opinion?

In my opinion: Rightists see rules as external to themselves, and even to people in general. Rules are part of the universe, or ordained by God. In addition, Rightists are often uncomfortable about emotions and tend to deny their feelings. They therefore want emotions under control. They also favor hierarchy, at least in part because they want to keep impulses under control through rules. The best people, those who follow rules and control emotions, should be in charge. Rightists become angry with rule breaking, not with oppressive authority. They also tend to be very individually oriented and tend not to see groups and social classes. They think that success is a matter of individual effort, overlooking the social support that they and everyone else has had in order to advance in life. This individualistic orientation, along with their respect for hierarchy, makes them into natural supporters of the elitist power structure, whatever their socioeconomic standing. On the other hand, Leftists are oriented toward human needs and pleasures, not rules, and think that rules are created by people. They are attracted to new experiences and positive feelings. They are for equality and do not like hierarchy; they are egalitarians who are willing to change the rules if they think that it is necessary. In addition, they tend to focus on groups and social networks. This group-oriented stance, along with their emphasis on equality, makes them natural allies of the underdogs, whether this means low-income people or people excluded from the dominant society on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious preference. Now obviously this is not true of EVERYONE in the category of left and right, but more of a generalization of the majority. What is your opinion? Sound of the Silenced: The Democratic Party, who wanted to end racism and sexism and exploitation of ordinary workers, came to the conclusion many decades ago that federal-level government programs were the only way to achieve their goals. The federal government would have to end segregation, women would have to have the right to vote, and workers would have to have the right to unionize to counter the power of big corporations. This need for action at the national level was especially obvious in the case of freedom for African-Americans because the state governments in the racist, segregationist South were clearly not going to change one iota without federal pressures

Asked By: Your Opinion Matters - 4/13/2010
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Answered By: I serve Mammon -Republican - 4/13/2010
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It is simple. Our Federal Government long ago overstepped its enumerated powers. Issues that were reserved to the states have been takin over at the Federal Level. Centralization of power is the problem. Most people believe they have a choice in national politics, but they dont. They have the illusion of choice.
Answered By: sound_of_the_silenced2 - 4/13/2010
 
It is obvious that the so called conservatives and so called liberals have more in common than they think. it is just some wedge issues like abortion, gun rights, and immigration that is used by the politicians and the media to divide them. and since u "pro-life" for example, u might be pressured to follow everything... More
Answered By: ATHEISM RULEZ - 4/13/2010
 
thats like asking why red sox fans hate yankees fans. its an argument as old as time. liberals believe everyone should have the same opportunities, whereas conservatives believe that you should have to work for everything you get... More
Answered By: Kevin - 4/13/2010
 
One side is trying to rule the country the other side is trying to maintain freedom. So many are dependent on government on the backs of taxpayers that freedom is now at risk. Help save America, vote the bums out.
Answered By: monkey - 4/13/2010
 
My opinion is, why are you here spouting left wing propaganda and acting like it's just an observation. The left is corrupt. The right is corrupt. Everyone in between is corrupt. There are no good guys, only greedy politicians. Hopefully someday soon, men will start acting like our forefathers would have if they were... More
Answered By: Survival - 4/13/2010
 
I think you have in general explained portions of the central differences. In short, Left and Right have completely opposing views of life's most basic notions. Completely. Each sides lives in the same space, but in utterly different worlds... More
Answered By: electricpole - 4/13/2010
 
I beg to differ on your evaluation drastically... More
Answered By: emp - 4/13/2010
 
This seems right
Answered By: S B - 4/13/2010
 
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