Questions often arise as to what is a liberal? What is a conservative? What does it mean to support the Left?
Or the Right?
What does a certain political party stand for? Although positions change over time and it's never good to make generalizations
about what a certain group thinks, this section tries to clarifies some of the basic ideological definitions. Politicians have
a wide range of opinions; thus, any particular leader doesn't necessary fit neatly into these categories.
The original definition of a liberal was someone who advocated change, new philosophies, and new ideas. A conservative
was someone who avoided change, instead preferring to stick to the tried and true. In modern times, these definitions have expanded to
include a wide set of political beliefs (which are defined below). To be Leftist or agree with the Left political
point of view is synonymous with being liberal. To be Rightist or agree with the Right political point of view is
synonymous with being conservative. The Left and Right terms were created because political ideology is viewed on a continuum;
most people generally hold views somewhere in the middle. For example, if you agree more with liberal ideas, you're considered
more Leftist in your thinking. The graphic below illustrates the continuum:
Liberal (Left) <------------------- Moderate (Middle) -------------------> Conservative (Right)
Generally speaking, the Democratic party follows a more liberal platform; the Republican party follows a more conservative
platform. The following table summarizes the current ideology of the parties (the
links section gives more detail on what each party stands for).
Prevent amnesty for illegal & driver's licenses for
illegal aliens; construct a Mexican border fence; create a national ID
card & database to track people in the country. Increase or maintain legal