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Liberalism and conservatism have been political ideas and thoughts from the very birth of our democracy Their views and points of the governments role in a democratic society have changed over the years but the basic ideas and principles have remained the same There are many different degrees of liberalism and conservatism as almost anyone can be labeled Some individuals are radical and extreme while others stand on more of a neutral territory but the debates between the understood ideas of each group have continued throughout the history of the United States We will take liberalisms Gary Doore and conservatisms Irving Kristol as modern day examples and compare and contrast the political ways of thinking of each individual Conservatism is comprised of religion nationalism and economic growth Among these Irving Kristol believes religion is most important 18 Why Obviously religion doesnt teach people to do wrong In fact as most of us know religion sternly instills good values and morals in a person at an early age These ideas are what tell people right from wrong good from bad Religion motivates people to succeed in life not in materialistic aspects but in law abiding respectful aspects Respect for God life and other human beings So how can this be bad for a society It cant and thats why conservatives think it is most important in the function of a government 18-19 If America could live up to the religious standard crime would be nonexistent Of course this is impossible but it is the idea that drives conservative thinkers Kristol points out that recent liberal attempts to slow down and decrease the crime rate have not worked 20 Additionally with each liberal programs failure more and more American people discredit and distrust the government Overall the common conservative consensus is that religious ideals should replace big business-like government and the spending that comes with it 20-21Liberty rights justice and equality are
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