Deconstructing Politics In America: My First Blog Post
I learned a lot of things about conservatives and liberals in Political Typology. Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. They believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems. On my side, Liberals back a strong role for government and are strong advocates for the social safety net. Large majorities view the current economic system as unfair and see economic inequality as a major problem, but liberals take broadly positive views of immigrants, and think being open to people from around the world is an essential part of the nation’s identity. They believe that there is more needs to be one to address both racial discrimination and obstacles to women’s achievement. They also support same-sex marriage and believe homosexuality should be accepted by society. I learned that my Political Typology is a Solid Liberal because a Solid Liberal identifies as a person who takes the liberal position on almost all constitutional issues.
On October 1, 2017, I remember finishing my last episode of The Office, then I heard my phone vibrate very loudly. I looked at my phone then a notification popped up. The Notification reads “Massacre in Las Vegas.” This completely blew my mind because that night at 7pm, a massacre is shockingly random to start off the month of October. Then minutes after the notification, it became one of the deadliest shooting known up to date. Not even the previous deadly massacres came close to this latest mass shooting. Steven Paddock, the perpetrator, shot and killed 59 people, one including himself, along with injuring 546 innocent bystanders down the block from him. This event completely impacted my understanding of liberty and this one event shifted me into Politics. I then imagined myself, my friends, my family, and everyone else in this situation, which I never did before. I felt a lot of empathy towards everyone if they were to be affected by this one event. America was hurting itself through the massacres on its own land. This then turned me liberal because I think of others more than myself now after the event. It gained me some liberal characteristics about thinking about the country more than myself. That one event made me go from not knowing anything about political typology to learning that I myself am a Solid Liberal. Also another factor that influenced me to being liberal is living most of my life in California because it’s the blue state meaning it’s a liberal and democratic state. This is really important to be because the area I grew up in, Bay Area, is also a liberal region. Some people are conservatives, but the majority of the region are liberal making it a blue liberal bay area. Another crucial factory that made me a solid liberal is my parents. My parents support the values of democrat and I think that sort of influenced me to be a solid liberal as well because most democrats’ values show that they themselves are liberals. There are more liberal democrats than conservative democrats. Whenever it comes to presidential elections, my parents usually vote towards the democratic side because they helping make economic inequality better, making immigrants lives better, opening to the nation and even to the world, addressing racial discrimination and women’s obstacles, supporting gay-marriage, and etc.. Liberals make the citizens of the U.S. lives so much easier than conservatives, who mostly thinking for themselves. From the past elections, my parents voted for Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama rather than Trump, Romney, and McCain. They voted for Obama and Hilary because of the things liberal democrats do to help benefit the nation and even the world as a whole. I think my parents influenced me because they’ve always went with the “good side, ” democrats, because they “never want the U.S. to be involved in wars, always want the president to help the unfortunates as much as possible, and habitually doing a lot of good things to the nation and the world as a whole.”