Why do the media insist on distorting the political spectrum?

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Why do the media insist on distorting the political spectrum?

Ever since the nom­i­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump the media began to recy­cle those tired old clichés. I’m sure you know the ones I’m talk­ing about. The most often recited claims are that all those on the polit­i­cal right are Fas­cists and those same peo­ple are all big­ots. Nei­ther of those claims is remotely true but that does not stop the media from spread­ing them.

A thor­ough analy­sis of the first claim will prove it to be fac­tu­ally and his­tor­i­cally flawed. At the his­tor­i­cal root of this claim is a tiny bit of truth. Dat­ing back to before the French Rev­o­lu­tion, mem­bers of the Fas­cist party did sit on the right side of par­lia­ments in Europe while the Social­ists sat on the left side. This arti­fi­cial model, based on seat­ing arrange­ments alone, is the his­tor­i­cal basis for this claim. There is no com­mon­al­ity between the polit­i­cal philoso­phies of the Euro­pean Fas­cists and the polit­i­cal philoso­phies of the right-​wing polit­i­cal move­ments that exist in the United States. The framers of the Con­sti­tu­tion cre­ated their own model to describe the polit­i­cal spec­trum, one that is based entirely on fun­da­men­tal truths about the nature of gov­ern­ment. Using this model, which has been called the founders model, you can accu­rately place any form of gov­ern­ment or polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy on the polit­i­cal spec­trum based on its actual char­ac­ter­is­tics. W. Cleon Skousen dis­cussed the founders’ model in great detail in his mas­ter­piece “The 5000 Year Leap.”

The founders’ model mea­sures the size and scope of gov­ern­ment for any given phi­los­o­phy. On the absolute right of this model is no gov­ern­ment. What results with no gov­ern­ment is anar­chy because peo­ple are not per­fect; some injure oth­ers and inter­fere with the fights of oth­ers. A cer­tain level of gov­ern­ment is needed to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing. On the left is an all pow­er­ful total­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment where no free­dom exists.

The first con­sti­tu­tion of the United States, the Arti­cles of Con­fed­er­a­tion, cre­ated a gov­ern­ment that was too far to the right. This gov­ern­ment was too lim­ited and anar­chy resulted. The framers of the Con­sti­tu­tion sought to cor­rect this by cre­at­ing a gov­ern­ment a bit more to the left. The gov­ern­ment cre­ated by the US Con­sti­tu­tion was pow­er­ful enough to pre­vent anar­chy but lim­ited enough to pre­vent it from inter­fer­ing with the rights of indi­vid­ual cit­i­zens. The fun­da­men­tal char­ac­ter­is­tics of this gov­ern­ment were: all gov­ern­ment power rested with the peo­ple, a small and lim­ited gov­ern­ment of enu­mer­ated pow­ers, a clearly spelled out writ­ten con­sti­tu­tion, gov­ern­ment power dis­trib­uted between many lev­els, a free mar­ket econ­omy, max­i­mum free­dom, and a focus placed entirely on indi­vid­ual rights. The phi­los­o­phy fully embraced by the framers of the Con­sti­tu­tion when they wrote the Con­sti­tu­tion is Clas­sic Lib­er­al­ism, which is the oppo­site of Mod­ern Lib­er­al­ism. Clas­sic Lib­er­al­ism and the Con­sti­tu­tion are to the right of cen­ter on the founders’ modem.

Right lean­ing Lib­er­tar­i­ans are the clos­est mod­ern equiv­a­lent to clas­sic lib­er­als. Con­ser­v­a­tivism is more to the left on the founders’ model because that phi­los­o­phy wants the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to intrude more when it comes to social issues. This move to the left results in a gov­ern­ment large enough to move the nee­dle just to the right of cen­ter. Con­ser­v­a­tives believe in indi­vid­ual rights, a con­sti­tu­tion­ally lim­ited gov­ern­ment, and free mar­kets. They how­ever try to use the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to ban those prac­tices that they find morally unacceptable.

Here is how Mer­riam Webster’s online dic­tio­nary defines Fas­cism. As you can see Fas­cism is pri­mar­ily char­ac­ter­ized by a strong total­i­tar­ian cen­tral gov­ern­ment, col­lec­tive rather than indi­vid­ual rights, and a mar­ket that is not free at all. Fas­cism in near the absolute left of the founders’ model. Unlike Fas­cists, Con­ser­v­a­tives believe in free speech so they do not silence those they dis­agree with. Also con­ser­v­a­tives do not focus on race. Con­ser­v­a­tive favorites include Thomas Sow­ell, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, and so many other African Americans,

Social­ism and Com­mu­nism are both far­ther towards the absolute left of the founders’ model. They fea­ture more total­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment, more col­lec­tivism, and less free­dom. Mod­ern Lib­er­al­ism and Pro­gres­sivism have a lot in com­mon with Fas­cism, Social­ism, and Com­mu­nism. Lib­er­al­ism and Pro­gres­sivism both fea­ture much larger and oppres­sive gov­ern­ment, less free­dom, col­lec­tive rights rather than indi­vid­ual rights, and a much less free mar­ket econ­omy. Also these philoso­phies focus exten­sively on race with iden­tity politics.

Intol­er­ance and big­otry are not the exclu­sive domain of the polit­i­cal right unfor­tu­nately the media con­tin­u­ously makes that claim. Intol­er­ance and big­otry are tragic human fail­ings that encom­pass the entire polit­i­cal spec­trum. Because the polit­i­cal left believes in much larger gov­ern­ments intol­er­ant and big­oted peo­ple on left can do more harm. Hitler was a fas­cist there­fore he was a left winger. The Nazi Party was the National Social­ist Ger­man Work­ers Party, sounds very left wing to me.

All hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and neo Nazis are labeled right wing but are they? Democ­rats formed the Klan dur­ing recon­struc­tion. Most Klan mem­bers are Democ­rats. The South­ern, slave hold­ing States were con­trolled by Democ­rats along with the South­ern states dur­ing Seg­re­ga­tion. As I stated ear­lier Nazis were on the polit­i­cal left. The Neo-​Nazis advo­cate for the same National Social­ism there­fore they are also on the left. This arti­cle shares my assessment.

The Tea Party, which is the most right wing of all polit­i­cal move­ments based on its polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy, was vil­i­fied right from the start as a mob of racists and big­ots. There was never any proof of these accu­sa­tions. There were racist signs seen at Tea Party ral­lies but these racist signs made up roughly 3 per­cent of all Tea party signs, that is accord­ing to the a New York Times survey.

We must cor­rect these incor­rect state­ments when­ever possible.

Ever since the nomination of President Trump the media began to recycle those tired old clichés.  I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about.  The most often recited claims are that all those on the political right are Fascists and those same people are all bigots.   Neither of those claims is remotely true but that does not stop the media from spreading them.

A thorough analysis of the first claim will prove it to be factually and historically flawed.  At the historical root of this claim is a tiny bit of truth.  Dating back to before the French Revolution, members of the Fascist party did sit on the right side of parliaments in Europe while the Socialists sat on the left side.  This artificial model, based on seating arrangements alone, is the historical basis for this claim. There is no commonality between the political philosophies of the European Fascists and the political philosophies of the right-wing political movements that exist in the United States.  The framers of the Constitution created their own model to describe the political spectrum, one that is based entirely on fundamental truths about the nature of government.  Using this model, which has been called the founders model, you can accurately place any form of government or political philosophy on the political spectrum based on its actual characteristics.  W. Cleon Skousen discussed the founders’ model in great detail in his masterpiece “The 5000 Year Leap.”

The founders’ model measures the size and scope of government for any given philosophy.  On the absolute right of this model is no government.  What results with no government is anarchy because people are not perfect; some injure others and interfere with the fights of others.  A certain level of government is needed to prevent this from happening.  On the left is an all powerful totalitarian government where no freedom exists.

The first constitution of the United States, the Articles of Confederation, created a government that was too far to the right.  This government was too limited and anarchy resulted.  The framers of the Constitution sought to correct this by creating a government a bit more to the left.  The government created by the US Constitution was powerful enough to prevent anarchy but limited enough to prevent it from interfering with the rights of individual citizens.  The fundamental characteristics of this government were: all government power rested with the people, a small and limited government of enumerated powers, a clearly spelled out written constitution, government power distributed between many levels, a free market economy, maximum freedom, and a focus placed entirely on individual rights.    The philosophy fully embraced by the framers of the Constitution when they wrote the Constitution is Classic Liberalism, which is the opposite of Modern Liberalism.  Classic Liberalism and the Constitution are to the right of center on the founders’ modem.

Right leaning Libertarians are the closest modern equivalent to classic liberals.  Conservativism is more to the left on the founders’ model because that philosophy wants the federal government to intrude more when it comes to social issues.  This move to the left results in a government large enough to move the needle just to the right of center.  Conservatives believe in individual rights, a constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  They however try to use the federal government to ban those practices that they find morally unacceptable.

Here is how Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines Fascism.  As you can see Fascism is primarily characterized by a strong totalitarian central government, collective rather than individual rights, and a market that is not free at all.  Fascism in near the absolute left of the founders’ model.  Unlike Fascists, Conservatives believe in free speech so they do not silence those they disagree with.  Also conservatives do not focus on race.  Conservative favorites include Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, and so many other African Americans,

Socialism and Communism are both farther towards the absolute left of the founders’ model.  They feature more totalitarian government, more collectivism, and less freedom.  Modern Liberalism and Progressivism have a lot in common with Fascism, Socialism, and Communism.  Liberalism and Progressivism both feature much larger and oppressive government, less freedom, collective rights rather than individual rights, and a much less free market economy.  Also these philosophies focus extensively on race with identity politics.

Intolerance and bigotry are not the exclusive domain of the political right unfortunately the media continuously makes that claim.  Intolerance and bigotry are tragic human failings that encompass the entire political spectrum.  Because the political left believes in much larger governments intolerant and bigoted people on left can do more harm.  Hitler was a fascist therefore he was a left winger.  The Nazi Party was the National Socialist German Workers Party, sounds very left wing to me.

All hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and neo Nazis are labeled right wing but are they?  Democrats formed the Klan during reconstruction.  Most Klan members are Democrats.  The Southern, slave holding States were controlled by Democrats along with the Southern states during Segregation.  As I stated earlier Nazis were on the political left.  The Neo-Nazis advocate for the same National Socialism therefore they are also on the left. This article shares my assessment.

The Tea Party, which is the most right wing of all political movements based on its political philosophy, was vilified right from the start as a mob of racists and bigots.  There was never any proof of these accusations.  There were racist signs seen at Tea Party rallies but these racist signs made up roughly 3 percent of all Tea party signs, that is according to the a New York Times survey.

We must correct these incorrect statements whenever possible.