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June 8, 2021

A few years back, the “column from the archives” began appearing on this website with an opening comparing the time and situation or circumstance of today with all those years ago. The point of today’s column is to encourage you the reader to think about just how empty the rhetoric politicians espouse to get elected.

Think about this. Even some of the Hollywood elite who admitted to not really like Donald Trump but were voting for him. Why?  He kept his promises. Think about that. How many politicians keep the promises made to voters during the run for office?

Recalling the incredibly popular television show West Wing, when questioned by a union official after the election about why the President did not keep his promise, the President’s staff person replied, “We made a promise we couldn’t keep.”

September 12, 2016
CONSERVATIVES AND CONSERVATISM

In a world that has become all too familiar with the words formed from “radical,” there are those that loudly broadcast how politically conservative they are. With as volatile as the 2016 Presidential campaign has been from before day one, a good question to ask those yelling so loudly what the term “politically conservative” means, and require a little self-examination.

In the glitz and glamor of today's technology, this writer turned to that staid and old reliable Encyclopedia Britannica – a seldom quoted or admitted source,

“Conservatism” is a “political doctrine that emphasizes the value of traditional institutions and practices,” and is said to be the “preference for historically inherited rather than abstract and ideal.”

Inherent in the conservative philosophy is a belief in favoring “institutions and practices that have evolved gradually and are manifestations of continuity and stability.”

This for those readers fed up with government and its dictates:  Inherent in the
conservative philosophy is that “government's responsibility is to be a servant, not the master, of existing ways of life, and politicians must therefore resist the temptations to transform society and politics.” (writer's emphasis)

Now, acknowledging that large segments of the population are suspicious of government, Britannica states:  “This suspicion of government activism distinguishes conservatism not only from radical forms of political thought but also from liberalism, which is a modernizing anti-traditionalist movement dedicated to correcting the evils and abuses resulting from the misuse of social and political power.”

There are so many ways to view the idea of conservatives and conservatism, and maybe that's the problem. In this 2016 Presidential election year, we have numerous candidates – Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Libertarian – and the two words frequently enter the political rhetoric. To those readers really paying attention should take the next opportunity to question a political candidate and see just what “conservative” and “conservatism” mean as they so carefully explain their political philosophy.

This writer is not a gambling person, but will “bet” far too often your favorite candidate will use present day situations to justify their agenda or justify returning to a certain time as their reason for deserving your vote.

The reader's comments or questions are always welcome. E-mail me doris@dorisbeaver.com. The mission of Seeing the Round Corners is to evoke a thought process and interest in becoming better informed and to be skeptical of the headline-grabbing purveyors of information. The writer is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.