Constitition 101: Political Words and Definitions


Words are used to describe something, someone, or an ideology; too often words lose their meaning over time and contrary to original purpose. In addition, during the process of changing its meaning, normally through various dictionary editions that include urban dictionaries, words are used as tools to degrade or insult someone. In recent history, what is called political correctness has infiltrated many parts of our lives – and dictionaries as well as encyclopedia. It is not always entirely true, but the writers have inserted their views upon a subject or meaning of a word or phrase that complies to their ideology and not compliant to truth.

For example, the word Conservative (adjective):

Conservative,according to Bing Dictionary:
reluctant to accept change: in favor of preserving the status quo and traditional values and customs, and against abrupt change.
Conservative, according to Wikipedia:
a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional institutions and supports, at most, minimal and gradual change in society.
Conservative, according to Merriam-Webster:
…of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism. … Of or constitution a political party professing the principles of conservatism … tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions: Traditional … marked by moderation or caution.
Conservative, according to Oxford Dictionary:
…averse to change or innovation and holding traditional values … favouring free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas.
Liberal, according to Oxford Dictionary:
Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas … favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms.
Liberal, (as a noun) according to Merriam-Webster:
…one who is open-minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional, or established forms or ways … an advocate or adherent of liberalismespecially in individual rights.
As one can see, in terms of political terminology, neither American conservatives of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, especially the latter, have stuck to their original purpose or meaning of their party platform.
Libertarians are yet another category (Merriam-Webster):
An advocate of the doctrine of free will … a person who upholds the principles of liberty, especially of thought and action …
Progressive (Merriam-Webster):
…of, relating to, or characterized by progress …making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities …of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression.
As one can see, in terms of political philosophies of Democrats and Republicans within their individual political platforms – these descriptions no longer fit or are jumbled into meaning something else.
In political terminology and philosophy, there are other terms: Socialist, Communist, and Fascist. These groups of words, due to an infamous past used by ruthless, tyrannical national leadership, these descriptive words, used as tools to degrade or insult an individual or group of individuals. However, if one reviews these words as political philosophies, one can see the descriptions serve the purpose of describing the philosophy or ideology of a political entity.
The American Democratic Party was never truly “liberal” in the sense of original meaning, although they have professed to be. Recently, they have changed their description of the political entity’s platform as being “progressive”. This progression has become a political philosophy of the Democratic Party towards a platform based upon democratic-socialism.
Technically, the Founders of the American Republic were liberal, for the new government system had no traditions to continue. As time progressed, certain traditions were incorporated into liberal ideology. Specifically the conservative values remained in terms of religious philosophy and within the society.
However, the situation is not just black and white; it has its variances according to the issue. The Constitution of the United States provides a guideline and definite limitations of powers of the government, applied in progressive occurrences within the powers of government and reality of life and the progression of technology and civilization. In recent decades, the primary problems have been caused because those that operate our government have moved away from constitutional law and the concept of a republican form of democracy, and citizens have allowed politicians to persuade them to do so.
If more people would understand the true meaning and original purpose of those descriptive words aforementioned, there would be more unity and knowledge in what political philosophy serves best when it comes to rights and liberties.
Most important is that emotion should never override common sense or intellectual thinking – it is what is a major problem when dealing with politics today, as well as being a tool by politicians combined with fear to bring people to their side of philosophical thought and political agendas. 
The following video describes the Philosophy of Liberty:
This next video explains the difference between individualism and collectivism, which entails aspects of certain political philosophies mentioned above, entitled Individualismvs Collectivism – something not taught in educational institutions because federal government and special interest groups, instead of state and local governments and the participation of parents and teachers controlling them for benefit of students.
G. Edward Griffin, writer/philosopher also presents a good subject about collectivism and the truth about what is going on in the world of politics – dealing with facts and addressing transgressions by BOTH American political parties.

Politics should be a philosophy, founded upon natural law, not a game. Today, more than ever, politics has become a strategy game, unfortunately when it goes wrong it is the people that suffer.
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