So is the idiot that disagrees with you a Right Winger? A Leftist, Marxist quiche eater? Well?!

What happened to just being plain about it?

Why not just say: ‘He’s a wuss that refuses to take the same position as me.’

Be a man about it. Just admit that the other guy is a moron because he doesn’t want to do it your way.

We Americans are just so into ‘us and them’. ‘Them’ is always the bad guy, and never right.

Definitions of American Political Labels

Left-wing and Right-wingers often sound like liberals and conservatives. The difference is that the wingers are not afraid to trample truth in order to achieve their political goals. “Propaganda” looks like gospel compared to what these folks put out. Propaganda is the truth with a little but important lie stuck in there somewhere. It is political spin. The facts and the tales that come out of the mouths of wingers are usually much closer to a big fat lie than it is to being good quality propaganda. Wingers have logic and veracity issues cloaked as liberalism or confused with being conservative.

Liberals and Conservatives both have principles and represent what is best in America. They just disagree. And while they may see truth differently, they both try to put America first. America is not a victim when these two meet — preferably over a beer or some other wholesome American pasttime. America is blessed because at the end of the day we all, liberal and conservative alike, are challenged in our views and there is wisdom and answers from both — with compromise usually encouraged upon us by moderates and progressives.

Centrists and Moderates are absolutely the finest blending of red, white and blue. These are perhaps the most practical of all Americans — their focus is on consideration of the facts and selecting the best solutions. Unlike liberals and conservatives they seldom have the hurdle of needing to get past their pride before getting on to finding an answer. Moderates seldom lead the way forward, however — which is hard to do when you are standing in the middle of America’s political intersection with heavy traffic coming and going both ways — calculating: the probability of the blue car hitting me is .04% less than that big truck coming … so I’ll … oops, need to recalculate. God bless them and protect them.

Progressives share many of the same challenges that centrists and moderates do, except they’ve figured out how to run like hell across the street when they see the lights change. Progressives are proactive, and made up of liberals, moderates and conservatives. Progressives live in the land of ‘why not?!’ … and are usually at the forefront of coalition building. Progressives often lead from both the left and the right at the very same time — because they are goal focused, yet take into consideration the bigger picture of not just tomorrow but the day after, too.

Warning: Progressives tend to be American independents. Don’t include them in your little party unless you are prepared for the occasional food fight. “I don’t think so” and “you are full of … stuffing” are two of their favorite phrases. Blend in some moderates that believe they are being taken advantage of and your party will be a real party.

I know that my definitions won’t suit everyone. But if you hear or read me using a political label then … please see above.

8 responses to “Left-USA-Right

  1. Phil B

    This is GREAT! I have never seen it put so clearly and honestly. Thanks.

    • wdgoldenic


      Thanks for your note. I’m trying to be an honest broker as we explore various issues.

      Take care,
      Bill G.

  2. Great definitions, Bill. I like your definitions a lot better than the new definition of ‘progressive ‘ that you hear on Faux News.

    • Label can be good and bad. Truth in advertising is usually good. The only way to make it work is to insist that our side be as honest as we want the other side to be. It all starts with you and me … or you and I … you and me, damn the grammarians.

  3. Steve Heminger

    As a progressive and retired military man, no this is not an Oxymoron, I salute you sir. My only wish is that there will be more like you who will have the fortitude to tell it like it is. I thank you for describing the progressive as more than slime.

    I dearest wish is that more concerned citizens will take your tack and we will sail out of the dangerous waters we find ourselves in now.

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  5. Al

    I like this and use it often; however, I think your description of Progressives is “way off” and much too kind. The Progressive’s I have ran into (and I’ve ran into quite a few( tend to be single minded in pursuing large Government and “Social Justice” (code for “Socialism light). I fear them more than the Radical Right… and I”m not that crazy about the Radical Right (being a “right leaning Centrist at the moment).

    • Realist winger

      Using these definitions, I believe you are describing “wingers” …not progressives. Actually, you might be more in the “winger” category if you really think that social justice is code for socialism. Using that definition, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both socialists.

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