Conservatives: Why they are Reasonable

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A Conservative viewpoint has a more traditional and understandable form of governmental view than liberal or libertarian. The libertarian form of government is a very extreme stance. They believe that by legalizing everything from prostitution to cocaine, the crime rate will drop and plus, that it is our natural right to have the freedom of chooses what we want even if it is selling your body or using highly addictive drugs. Liberals believe that the federal government should be very large and powerful so it will protect their citizens, but which on the other hand can destroy smaller cities and crush some individual's rights.

Conservatives feel the government should regulate individual behavior by promoting individual freedom as an ideal, but they think that Americans have gone too far and have abandoned many traditional, churched based moral principals. Instead of promoting birth control to teens, conservatives advise abstinence as a way to stop teen sex.

According to Jacqueline Kasun (1994) teens should be taught abstinence, not sex education. They want less governmental focus on regulating the economy. They also believe that a free-market economy will do more for the general welfare of society, than will the governmental regulation on the economy. Complex regulations and laws stifle free-market enterprises and businesses. On the issue of governmental size, conservatives believe the Federal government has grown too large and has too much control and that more power should be regulated to local governments. Senator Brownback says, "Our founding fathers designed the federal government to be limited. But in the name of compassion, the federal government now tries to do all things for all people" (1994, p.235).

For liberals, they believe that the size of the federal government should be very large and powerful enough to protect its citizens. They believe anything from health care...