Saturday, October 26, 2013

Are you an Interventionist or a Non-Interventionist?

Some days a light goes off and you begin to see things in a different way. Today is one of those days. For too long we have argued over who was what politically. The Democrats say they are doing what's best for the country, while the Republicans and libertarians say the same. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in party we forget to think. There is a simple solution.

We are all interventionist or non-interventionist. It doesn't matter if it's social politics or foreign events, the terms can be applied. Can it be this cut and dry? Can we be an interventionist on some thing and a non-interventionist on others? Remember the age old adage “Mind your own business.” Our ancestors have passed those wise words along through the ages. The non-interventionist is simply the same thing.

The interventionist often uses the power of government to do their bidding. They don't want other people to eat certain foods so they elect people who are also interventionist. Interventionist believe most people aren't capable of self governance. There are some people who are, and will always be, dependent on others. Even a non-interventionist believes in helping those who ask for help. The interventionist doesn't wait for them to ask for help, but forces help on those in need as well as those who aren't.

Some of us have been looking for a way to bring like minded people together, but find that difficult because of labels and misguided perceptions. I find that I agree with Democrats on many things. We even occasionally agree on the best solution. It's because of labels that we cannot find enough common ground on which to work effectively, even though all political persuasions agree that government is broke.

In the end it comes down to those who want more government and those who want less. There are those who believe government is more efficient than private industry, while others see the opposite. No matter if it's government or private interest, I think most can agree we don't want them in our lives. We don't want government or business intervening in our lives. Because we can agree on this, we find that Democrat, Republican, and libertarian can be non-interventionists.

1. open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
"they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people"(of education) concerned 2. mainly with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.

1. holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.

2. a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.

1. (of a form of government, constitution, etc.) belonging to, or characteristic of a republic.
advocating or supporting republican government.
"the republican movement"

2. a person advocating or supporting republican government.

1. an adherent of libertarianism.
"libertarian philosophy"
a person who advocates civil liberty.

2. Philosophy: a person who believes in the doctrine of free will.

1. happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.
"a progressive decline in popularity"

2. (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
"a relatively progressive governor"

3. a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
synonyms: innovator, reformer, reformist, liberal, libertarian More

Above are all the defined political terms. At first look we might say they point out the differences, but I see many similarities. For example no one wants the country to not grow. Everyone wants it to move forward. I remember learning about the founders the liberals were for building the republic and wanting a free populous. Look at John Locke who founded liberalism, yet today there is a conservative leaning foundation named for him.

Labels and their meanings have changed over the decades. Those with socialist and communist beliefs have hijacked some of the labels and parties. That's why we might be simplifying things by simply looking at everything in two ways, interventionist or non-interventionist. Which are you?

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