Keith Kube for Legislature

Editorial #18 Conservatives and Liberals October 26, 2017

Conservatives and Liberals

In my commentaries on the art of compromise along with understanding of what leadership and democracy is, we established this country is a republic, not a democracy and it is to be ran by managers, not leaders or dictators, that “WE THE PEOPLE” hire through elections.

These elected managers are supposed to reflect our personal preference that fall into two categories call liberals and conservatives. Of course there are variations among members of these two groups, just like the difference between hot and cold water, with any debate over the variations in temperature not really constructive.

A classical conservative will resist change and seeks the status quo in contrast to a liberal embracing change…..the faster the better. The old mantra that my parents said to me applies: we are all born liberal and grow up to be conservative.

These tags have evolved into political parties with Democrats and Republicans stereotyped as liberals and conservatives respectively. But the change factor goes deeper. If liberal changes are made, will they make matters better or will they be risking the wealth of Nation through their experimentation?

It is not surprising a majority of the liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, do not really understand the positions of their party brand. Their affiliation is often inherited….. “Dad and Mom were democrats and so am I”. They almost consider it disloyal to change parties, like changing from Ford to Chevy or supporting a rival sports team. There is also a large dose of apathy and indifference that exacerbates the fact they don’t know what their party actually represents.

The most current definition of a conservative is: to have government run like a business, operating fairly, honestly, in a sustainable way with no self serving agendas. This approach uses systems that have worked for the most part to this point.

The most current definition of a liberal is: to have government correcting past inequities through the redistribution of wealth to those, whose ancestors were wronged. This approach looks at the thing that did not work and wants to make changes to correct that past.

The conservative approach seems to be forward looking while the liberal approach looks to the past along with the expectation that modernizing the old ways and mistakes could improve things. It is not surprise that both parties are convinced the other party is absolutely wrong in their thinking.

This debate has been happening since the start of the industrial age. The evolution of political correctness and the explosion of welfare programs, that requires the number of victims to keep expanding, is the life blood of a liberal cause.

The conservative cause thrives of self sufficiency with little or no government involvement. Don’t give them a fish but teach them how to fish.

Fairness, honesty, sustainability and integrity is where this debate must to be held with everyone looking in the mirror to be certain they are not violating these core values in advancing their cause.

This is Keith Kube wishing you the best in making the world a better place.

Keith Kube, of Crofton, is a business analyst and author of two books on business management. During his career as an engineer, investment banker and business analyst he identified traits commonly overlook that are vital for all successful business operations. You can hear all his past editorials or review his books by going to his website: