7 Political Labels Which Don’t Mean What They Used To

Several recent polls indicate that the level of uneasiness in both the United States, as well as the rest of the world, is at its highest, in recent times! We have witnessed such an incredibly high level of polarization, rather than cooperation, and certain political leaders, such as President Donald J. Trump, have seemingly exploited this, with excessive rhetoric, vitriol, misstatements, etc, often taking every opportunity to attack those who disagree with him, by labelling them, in some negative, adversarial way. Besides the ethical and other negative aspects of this behavior. the exercise often becomes even more challenging, become today’s labels, often have significantly different meanings, than they once did. This article will briefly examine and discuss, 7 political labels, that fall into that category.

1. Liberal: Once a term, which meant someone believed in more government involvement, in order to address the needs, of the under, and less than privileged, this brought on legislation, often referred to, as entitlements, such as Medicaid, Welfare, etc. Certain politicians today, have distorted the original intent and meaning, from striving to help and make a positive differ in the lives of those who need it, to a negative connotation, which seems aimed at stirring up resentments, etc, for political gain!

2. Progressive: This is a somewhat, more recent term, which originally meant forward – thinking, such as environmental/ climate/ ecology concerns, and making education and health care, more affordable and accessible, to a situation, now, where some so – called progressives, often seem to have never seen a government hand – out they could resist, whether it is well – conceived and planned, or not. Obviously, those trying to stir up negative emotions, exploit this term, in a way, which creates resentment, etc. The health – care insurance argument, which pits those who support some variety of the Affordable Care Act, even if it means tweaking, to those who want a Medicare – for – All, system, to those, who simply state they seek a free market approach, without government involvement. Obviously, the latter approach, would bring us back, to pre – 2010 times, where many, could not even get, or qualify, or afford medical insurance.

3. Moderate: Prior to 1980, for most of the previous Presidential elections, everyone elected, held a philosophy, within about 5% of the center, politically. This permit across – the – aisle, discussion, and a willingness to compromise, for the common good. Today, we are witnessing much less centric politics, with those on the political left, and right, rarely coming to a common agreement! While we used to witness many Republican Moderates, there are far fewer elected today. What exactly is a political moderate, today?

4. Conservative: Originally, this meant, someone who focused and/ or emphasized, a conservative approach, especially to economics. They sought economic and budgetary prudence, and carefully reviewing and considering expenditures. Today, the term often refers to individuals, with a right – of – center approach and perspective/ philosophy, but the economic/ fiscal discipline often seems to vary, on a case – by – case basis. What ever happened to reducing deficits and seeking a balanced budget?

5. Republican: The political party of Lincoln, Rockefeller, Eisenhower, Javits, etc, is far different from the Republican Party, of today! There are few moderates, who are members of the G.O.P., today! Many of those mentioned above, would either be unwelcome, or would feel that way, today!

6. Common sense: Most would agree, the best approach, would be more use of common sense, in making decisions, etc, but, unfortunately, it is rather uncommon (indeed, rare!)!

7. Service: The elected officials of the past, despite their flaws, and personal agenda, ego, etc, in the end result, seemed to believe, they were elected to represent their constituents, and provide true service! Few would say, that’s the case, today!

Beware of political labels, because there’s often a significant difference between how we label, and reality/ necessity/ need, etc! Let’s all say, together, what the famous words, in the movie, Network, stated, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!