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Political Chiamus

Political Chiamus

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Differences between Liberals and Conservatives expressed as chiasmus.
Differences between Liberals and Conservatives expressed as chiasmus.

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Published by: terrabyte on Apr 18, 2008
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Political Chiasmus
Chiasmus,
a figure of speech in which two clauses reverse structures to show crossing parallelism.Liberals remember the Founding Fathers as agnostic revolutionaries who sought freedom fromEnglish oppression. Conservatives remember the Founding Fathers as Christian businessmen who sought freedom from English taxation.Liberals burn the flag and wrap themselves in the Constitution. Conservatives shred theConstitution and wrap themselves in the flag.Liberals believe patriotic Americans question improper government actions. Conservatives believe patriotic Americans support the government without question.Liberals believe the best talk shows are liberal, the Courts are conservative, and the media isn’tdoing their job. Conservatives believe the best talk shows are conservative, the Courtsare liberal, and the media isn’t doing their job.Liberals are poor at winning elections but good at governing. Conservatives are good at winningelections but poor at governing.Liberals govern by change and fear only fear itself. Conservatives govern by fear and fear change itself.Liberals want the government to help people (e.g., welfare, school loans, public transit, andconsumer protection) but want the freedom to make individual choices. Conservativeswants people to help themselves but wants the government to control individual choices(e.g., abortion, the right-to-die, medical marijuana, and sexual orientation).Liberals believe that it is necessary to discriminate so that everyone has equal opportunities.Conservatives believe that everyone has equal opportunities so it is not necessary todiscriminate.Liberals believe the focus of our foreign policy should be human rights. Conservatives believethe focus of human rights should be our foreign policy.Liberals believe that business should be regulated so it is a benefit to society. Conservatives believe that business is a benefit to society so it should not be regulated.Liberals believe that the environmental needs to be protected, even if there may be some adverseeconomic impact. Conservatives believe that the economy needs to be protected, even if there may be some adverse environmental impact.Liberals believe taxation should be based on ability-to-pay. Conservatives believe taxationshould be based on equality.

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