I decided to define terms of American politics for the layman and/or foreigner. These are not how terms are defined in political science and not how I utilize them, but how they are defined in American political parlance. (This is a rough draft!)
- Conservative: American Conservatives are Christians.* They believe that most social problems are caused by minorities and the underprivileged. The main theme in Conservative ideology is that those with less wealth are lazy (and that all minorities are lazy). If the Conservative is not wealthy, they believe the reason they are not wealthy is because other lazy people and minorities are the reason they are not wealthy.
- Moderate: A moderate is a person who is Conservative but also understands that Conservatives are racists, religious zealots and plutocrats. They do not wish to self-identify with these concepts, because they find racists and robber barons to be repugnant, even though they ideologically support them.
- Liberal: An American Liberal is a person who enjoys wealth, but dislikes racism and religious bigotry more than a moderate. They believe everything they do should make them look good, socially, as long as they do not have to make any major compromises in their personal lives. (more…)