Where do liberals and conservatives traditionally
stand on major issues?
NOTE: THESE ARE
GENERALIZATIONS FOR THE TEST BASED ON PURE LIBERAL AND PURE
Abortion Liberal A woman should have a right to
choose to have an abortion, and has a right to privacy.
Abortion Conservative Abortion is the murder of a
human being, as life begins at conception. Taxpayer money
should never be used to support abortion.
Economic Regulation Liberal The economy must be
overseen by the government to protect consumers and citizens
from big business greed and manipulations of the market.
Conservative A laissez-faire, or government hands-off
approach, is necessary in ensuring that markets are free and
people have opportunity to accumulate capital and create jobs.
Liberal Gun Control The Second Amendment does not
give people the right to own any weapon. There must be more
aggressive background checks, and limiting of certain weapons
Conservative Gun Control Gun control laws do not
prevent criminals from obtaining weapons. Every person has the
right to defend themself.
Penalty Liberal The death penalty is murder and is
cruel and unusual punishment, which is inconsistent with the
Penalty Conservative Executing someone who has
committed murder is justified, and is neither cruel or
Liberal Same-Sex Marriage Two people should be able
to marry each other no matter their sex.
Conservative Same-Sex Marriage Marriage is between a
man and a woman.
Liberal Taxation Higher taxes are needed to foster
programs that help people. Higher taxes on the wealthy are
supported. Related: Liberals support welfare and Social
Conservative Taxation Lower taxes, especially on the
wealthy, leads to more money to be circulated through the
economy. Furthermore, lower taxes on businesses encourage the
creation of jobs. Conservatives want to reform Social
Security, and limit welfare entitlements.
Liberal Health Care Universal
health care is better because every American can be insured.
Conservative Health Care Health care should continue
to operate freely. Enforcing cheaper government-run health
care will lead to bad medicine and higher costs.
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