Political Chiasmi

Some figurative differences between Liberals and Conservatives.

Charlie Kufs
Mar 14, 2015 · 3 min read
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A chiasmus is a figure of speech in which two or more clauses reverse structures to show crossing parallelism. “ The elements of simple chiasmus are often labelled in the form A B B A, where the letters correspond to grammar, words, or meaning. For example, John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. Here are chiasmi that describe some differences between Liberals and Conservatives.

Liberals remember the Revolutionary War as a revolt led by agnostic revolutionaries against foreign tyranny. Conservatives remember the Revolutionary War as a revolt against foreign taxation led by Christian land owners.

Liberals want the government to help people (e.g., social programs) but want the freedom to make individual choices. Conservatives want the government to control individual choices (e.g., abortion) so that people will help themselves.

Liberals believe that affirmative action is necessary to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities. Conservatives believe that everyone has equal opportunities so affirmative action is unnecessary.

Liberals want public funds to provide consistent educational opportunities. Conservatives want to provide choices in educational opportunities using public funds.

Liberals oppose the death penalty but support allowing women to have abortions. Conservatives oppose allowing women to have abortions but support the death penalty.

Liberals believe the best defense against violent crime is for no one to have guns. Conservatives believe that everyone having guns is the best defense against violent crime.

Liberals believe that civil liberties should not be compromised for the sake of security. Conservatives believe that security should not be compromised to preserve civil liberties.

Liberals want a create a more diverse society by giving citizenship to immigrants. Conservatives want to restrict immigration to ensure a safe, homogeneous society.

Liberals believe our foreign policy should promote human interests over corporate interests. Conservatives believe our foreign policy should promote corporate interests iver human interests.

Liberals believe that business should be regulated so it is a benefit to society. Conservatives believe that business is a benefit to society so it should not be regulated.

Liberals believe that unions and government regulations are needed to protect workers from unfair business practices. Conservatives believe that businesses must be protected from unfair union activities and government regulations.

Liberals believe the economy is driven by consumers and spreads to business. Conservatives believe the economy is driven by business and trickles down to consumers.

Liberals believe entrepreneurs succeed with the help of the government. Conservatives believe the government succeeds with the help of entrepreneurs.

Liberals believe the wealthy should do more to help the lower classes. Conservatives believe the lower classes should do more to help themselves.

Liberals believe that the environmental needs to be protected, even if there may be some adverse economic impacts. Conservatives believe that the economy needs to be protected, even if there may be some adverse environmental impacts.

Liberals believe in man-made climate change and reject Intelligent Design. Conservatives believe in Intelligent Design and reject man-made climate change.

Liberals believe fossil fuels are not sustainable and want to explore renewable energy sources (solar, wind). Conservatives believe renewable energy sources are not economically viable and want to explore for fossil fuels.

Liberals believe that morality and charity doesn’t require religion. Conservatives believe that religion doesn’t require morality and charity.

Liberals believe that religion should not interfere with government. Conservatives believe that government should not interfere with religion.

Liberals want to expand government spending to stimulate the economy. Conservatives want to stimulate the economy by reducing government spending.

Liberals believe tax rates should be different based on individuals’ ability-to-pay. Conservatives believe tax rates should be equal for all rather than based on wealth.

Liberals are poor at winning elections but good at governing. Conservatives are good at winning elections but poor at governing.

Liberals govern by change and only fear fear itself. Conservatives govern by fear, and only fear change itself.

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Originally published at http://randomterrabytes.net on March 14, 2015.

Random Terrabytes

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Charlie Kufs

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I’ve analyzed data for over 40 years, written a book and over 150 blogs, been a trainer/public speaker, and was a PG and SSGB. Now retired, I worship cats.

Random Terrabytes

We all have those random thoughts that come to us in the shower or in dreams. We may not be experts on the topic but it intrigues us into thinking about it further. Random Terrabytes if is for those random thoughts that you spend a lot more time researching and thinking about.

Charlie Kufs

Written by

I’ve analyzed data for over 40 years, written a book and over 150 blogs, been a trainer/public speaker, and was a PG and SSGB. Now retired, I worship cats.

Random Terrabytes

We all have those random thoughts that come to us in the shower or in dreams. We may not be experts on the topic but it intrigues us into thinking about it further. Random Terrabytes if is for those random thoughts that you spend a lot more time researching and thinking about.

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