Now that it’s election day, I imagine you’re tired of hearing words like right and left wing in your daily dose of media; however, have you ever stopped to think about their meaning? Probably not, since only political geeks like me think about it.😊 If you’re interested, then read on!
In a nutshell, the two wings represent the extent of government power. Take a peek at the graph below, and please ignore the fact that my wings look more like a mustache.
If you start at the right wing, there’s no government (i.e., anarchy). As you move to the left, government control steadily increases until you reach the far left, which is total government control (i.e., dictatorship). Neither extreme is a good place to be.
I’ve also added the two political parties that extend across multiple points on the curve. The Democrat and Republican parties are not monolithic, with all members holding the same opinion. All of our political opinions can be plotted along the curve.
For example, there are moderate Democrats that fall near the center of the curve; while others, like Bernie Sanders, who moves further to the left of the moderates.
The same holds true for the Republicans. The career politician, or establishment Republican, is further to the left than a conservative entrepreneur. More government is job security for the career politician, but less government is better for the entrepreneur’s pocketbook.
The goal is to keep the battle near the center, or in my opinion slightly to the right of center.😉 The trash heap of history is scattered with tragic examples of extreme swings in either direction. Remember, neither extreme is a good place to be.
As I discuss government and politics on this blog, keep this chart in mind. Much of my writing feeds off this chart. Every political news story and opinion is fighting for ground across the two wings of government.