THE POLITICAL POTAT0 TOUR
Liberals and Conservatives
A liberal is someone with ideas that are to the left. While conservatives have ideas that are to the right.
The left and right are terms that originate from the British
parliament. The liberals would sit to the left of the government hall while
the conservatives would sit to the right. So this has coined some often
used terms in American politics: left and right. You will often hear of
people being described as 'far left' or 'far right' or 'middle left' etc...People
exactly in the middle of the line (meaning they have ideas that are left
on some topics but right on the other) are refered to as moderates or a
less often used term is centrist. Often times you will also hear that someone
is 'left' or 'right of the center'. This means that they are almost a moderate,
but stand on the right when it comes to a few more issues than to the left
or vice versa. Think of it as a number line.
Left wingers are liberals
So what are the differing viewpoints of the right and left?