Political terminology and meaning.
Category: Op/EdBy: vic-eldred • 3 weeks ago • 20 comments
Link to quote: Biden attacks Trump and MAGA Republicans as threat to American democracy - ABC News (go.com)
I think it may be time to examine the current state of American politics. I know there are some out there, with their meaningless degrees who want to point to dictionary definitions as the absolute and correct description of certain groups and political parties. Unfortunately, the postmodern world lacks the goodwill to make such terms credible. Thus, I will do my best to explain where we are now politically.
Let us begin with the word Conservative.
opposed to great or sudden social change; showing that you prefer traditional styles and values
- the conservative views of his parents
- music which is accessible to an audience with extremely conservative tastes
- The southern state's inhabitants tend to be socially conservative.
- Her style of dress was never conservative.
conservative_1 adjective - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
Are Conservatives really opposed to change? Of any kind? Suppose there was a policy to build a wall across the southern border and have a ten year moratorium on all immigration, legal or illegal for 10 years based on the number of illegal migration the country just experienced. That would be change would it not?
I think most Conservatives would be in favor of that. IMO a person adopts the political identity of Conservative after experiencing something of value being lost. It isn't that a political Conservative is against all changes, it is that such a person wants to preserve something.
1) willing to understand and respect other people’s behaviour, opinions, etc., especially when they are different from your own; believing people should be able to choose how they behave
2) having or relating to political and social beliefs that support individual freedom and rights, democracy and free enterprise (= businesses competing against each other with little government control)
liberal_1 adjective - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
I don't think I have to expand much on that definition, except to point out that there are very few old fashioned liberals still around. That ideal is all but dead.
1) In favor of new ideas, modern methods, and change
2) happening or developing steadily
progressive_1 adjective - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced American Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
This term is very deceptive. First let me say that the new progressives have little to do with the short-lived political party of 1924. Second, the ideas of the modern progressive are extreme and in some cases Marxist. So, the "new ideas" are quite limited. As for the change part, none of the changes progressives have wrought equal progress. I hope everyone is aware that change does not always equal progress.
abbreviation U.S. Politics.
Make America Great Again: a presidential campaign slogan used by Donald J. Trump.
MAGA Definition & Meaning | Dictionary.com
Of course, we know that Donald Trump was not the first to use the term.
It is primarily used now by the current president and the left-wing media as a derogatory term. However, it is a popular movement that I believe outnumbers the old Conservatives within the GOP.
a person who is opposed to political or social change
reactionary noun - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced American Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
The Oxford dictionary gets a straight up FALSE for that one. In modern America I define reactionary as somewhat of a patriot. One who is willing to act when the government of the Unites States and its institutions become corrupted.
The Republican Party , also known as the GOP (Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States. It is the second-oldest extant political party in the United States after its main political rival, the Democratic Party .
In 1854, the Republican Party emerged to combat the expansion of slavery into American territories after the passing of the Kansas–Nebraska Act . The early Republican Party consisted of northern Protestants, factory workers, professionals, businessmen, prosperous farmers, and after the Civil War , former black slaves. The party had very little support from white Southerners at the time, who predominantly backed the Democratic Party in the Solid South , and from Catholics, who made up a major Democratic voting block. While both parties adopted pro-business policies in the 19th century, the early GOP was distinguished by its support for the national banking system , the gold standard , railroads , and high tariffs . The party opposed the expansion of slavery before 1861 and led the fight to destroy the Confederate States of America (1861–1865). While the Republican Party had almost no presence in the Southern United States at its inception, it was very successful in the Northern United States , where by 1858 it had enlisted former Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats to form majorities in nearly every Northern state.
History of the Republican Party (United States) - Wikipedia
The Republican Party has gone through many changes. It began as the party that wanted to abolish slavery, it later became the party of business, then Conservatism and today the MAGA wing dominates it.
The democrat Party
The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties of the United States political system and the oldest existing political party in the country . The Democratic party was founded in the 1830s and 1840s.    It is also the oldest active voter-based political party in the world. The party has changed significantly during its nearly two centuries of existence.
Once known as the party of the "common man," the early Democratic Party stood for individual rights and state sovereignty, and opposed banks and high tariffs. In the first decades of its existence, from 1832 to the mid-1850s (known as the Second Party System ), under Presidents Andrew Jackson , Martin Van Buren and James K. Polk , the Democrats usually bested the opposition Whig Party by narrow margins.
Before the American Civil War , the party generally supported slavery or insisted it be left to the states. After the war until the 1940s, the party opposed civil rights reforms in order to retain the support of Southern white voters. The Republican Party was organized in the mid-1850s from the ruins of the Whig Party and Free Soil Democrats. It was dominant in presidential politics from 1860 to 1928. The Democrats elected only two Presidents during this period: Grover Cleveland (in 1884 and 1892) and Woodrow Wilson (in 1912 and 1916). Over the same period, the Democrats proved more competitive with the Republicans in Congressional politics , enjoying House of Representatives majorities (as in the 65th Congress ) in 15 of the 36 Congresses elected owing largely to their dominance of the Solid South , although only in five of these did they form the majority in the Senate . Furthermore, the Democratic Party was split between the Bourbon Democrats , representing Eastern business interests, and the agrarian party elements representing poor farmers in the South and West. After the Republican landslide in the 1894 House Elections , the agrarian element, marching behind the slogan of free silver (i.e. in favor of inflation), captured the party. They nominated William Jennings Bryan in the 1896, 1900 and 1908 presidential elections, although he lost every time. Both Bryan and Wilson were leaders of the progressive movement in the United States (1890s–1920s) and opposed imperialistic expansion abroad while sponsoring liberal reforms at home despite supporting racism and discrimination against African Americans in government offices and elsewhere.
History of the Democratic Party (United States) - Wikipedia
The older of the two political parties began as a pro slavery party, then became mainly the party of the working man. In the 1960's it was still mostly working class based with two opposing wings, one of which were southern segregationists and the other being northern liberals. Currently it has lost its working-class base to the GOP. It still has many constituencies, who continue to vote by party affiliation in every election, but now the party is ruled by its radical progressive wing.
I'm sure there will be some disagreement with my assessment.