On the Issues- Conservatism vs Liberalism


In the 21st century, there are many issues that plague society and our nation as a whole. Many other countries in western civilization are faced with these same issues or at least very similar ones. The government’s involvement or lack thereof is an extremely important aspect that will determine how these problems play out and are eventually solved. Today, we will analyze how each side plans to work with each issue.

Firstly, the issues we will be using as an example are: restoring the Constitution, defending our country, religious liberty, and creating jobs. In order to determine at least a rough stance upon these issues for both sides, we will be analyzing the former staunch conservative presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz. Next week, we will look into the views of the determined liberal presidential candidate, and former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. The reason we are analyzing Ted Cruz’s plans is because we feel that he is the closest representative of true conservatism. We recognize that he is out of the presidential race, but the battle between conservatism and liberalism will rage for quite a while. In this week’s and next week’s posts, we will analyze both conservatism and liberalism, and see which one is more reasonable.

Ted Cruz (who, in this case, will be our representative of true conservatism):
1. “Ted Cruz’s commitment to governing according to the Constitution is unquestioned.” – Richard Viguerie Backing this statement up is, “We need to restore the Constitution as our standard. We need to protect the people by rolling back the federal government to the functions the Constitution sets out. We need to give power back to the states and the people so that we remain a land where liberty can flourish.” (Cruz for President)

2. Senator Cruz has come out with several statements that involve the bombing of ISIS and the destruction of terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Contrary to the passive stance of many European nations on waiting for the terrorists to come to them, Cruz supports the annihilation of these terrorist groups before they are able to assault our nation and our citizens.

3. It is said on Senator Cruz’s website that he, “Supported students’ right to display banners containing religious content at school sporting events” (Cruz for President) This underscores his stance that we have freedom of religion, not freedom from it. Banning religion practiced by students in public schools as long as not supported by administration is against our rights.

4. Ted Cruz supports the abolition of the IRS and the formation of a new and far simpler organization to regulate taxation. Instead of seven different brackets of personal income tax, Cruz supports a simple flat tax rate of 10% for everyone. His plan, rather than spending money subsidizing businesses and picking “winners and losers” is to allow for a fair playing field for every business to float or sink according to their own viability in the free market. The benefits according to the Tax Foundation would include the following:

  • “Boost Gross Domestic Product by 13.9 percent above what is currently projected.” (Tax Foundation)
  • “Increase wages by 12.2 percent.” (Tax Foundation)
  • “Create 4,861,000 additional jobs.” (Tax Foundation)

As previously stated, next week will be the liberals’ turn and that will be analyzed according to the views of Democrat frontrunner and liberal Hilary Clinton.

Author(s): Mainly James Kurlich, partially Joe Schmid

Questions? Ask away at jameskurlich@gmail.com and josephschmid4@gmail.com

Works Cited

Cruz Campaign Admin., n.a, Ted Cruz 2016, Cruz for President, Mar. 23, 2015, Jul. 15, 2016

n.a., Alan Cole, Tax Foundation, Tax Foundation, Oct. 29, 2015, Jul. 15, 2016

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