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If ‘Right’ Policies Encourage Hard Work and Success, What Do ‘Leftist’ Ones Encourage?

Hardly a day goes by during this election season that we do not hear about “the Left” or “the Right” from the media.  But precisely what do they mean, today, by the political Left and/or the political Right? 
According to Dennis Prager, the political Left, today, are focused primarily on societal change – what they perceived to be social improvement.  The Left tend to ignore individual change – individual improvement – character development.  Accordingly, the Left tend to center their attention primarily on politics, political power, top-down authority, government handouts, citizen entitlements, government control of its people and enterprises. etc.
The political Right on the other hand, tend to focus on the individual – on character development, which historically was the focus of our nation, our free-market economy, our churches and our educational system. The Right considers America’s traditional work ethic, creativity, productivity, free-enterprise, entrepreneurialism, investment, and morality of primary importance. 
Both Right and Left, consider their focus to be the means of achieving a more successful, prosperous and wholesome society.  Of course, the Leftist strategy diminishes individual freedom, while increasing government power; whereas the Rightist strategy increases individual freedom, while decreasing government power.
Obviously, in an autocratic, communist, dictatorial and oppressive nation, the Leftist approach is probably a necessary approach, if it can be accomplished peaceably and in the right direction.  On the other hand, in a free, competitive, free-market, free-enterprise, constitutionally-controlled nation, a Rightist approach is preferable and produces prosperity for the greatest number of people.  Economic history has clearly demonstrated this.
One must remember that the prosperity of a nation is dependent on the collective productivity of its people – on the growth of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The Rightist approach tends to motivate producers – the Leftist approach tends to encourage sloth and welfare seekers.   
Focusing, as the Leftists do, on societal change of a free-market nation like the United States is a big mistake.  To make matters worse, Leftist neglect of traditional cultural development is leading to increasing unrest, gross misbehavior, and serious violence.
In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom and interests – and to defend our competitive, free-market system and the Judeo-Christian American-Way.      


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William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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