Conservatives vs Liberals

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In America's political system there are two different parties, the Republicans and the Democrats. Each party has two sub-branches, a classic branch and a new "neo" branch. Because of these newfound branches, the members of them have different beliefs on government size and morals. The branches views obviously differ from the other parties views, but they also have "in party" differences as well.

The first branch of the Republican party are the Classic Conservatives. In today's day and age, there are less and less of these types of conservatives. The classic conservative believes that the government should play a small roll in the economy. They feel that big business should handle themselves with very little government interference. They are very morally self-contained, which means that they don't believe in gay marriage, but they won't openly criticize gay people for wanting to get married. They will just turn up their nose for the most part and look down on them.

The best example of a Classic Conservative is former New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani.

The second branch of the Republican party are the Neo-Conservatives. "Neo" means new, so this is how younger conservative are being brought up. The "neo"-conservative feels that the government should be economically small but socially big. That means that they feel that big business should govern themselves, but that the government should play a bigger part in everyday life. Unlike their classic counterparts, they are extremely morally judgmental. They vehemently oppose gay marriage, and are very vocal about their views on it. The best examples of "Neo"-Conservatives are former senate majority leader Tom DeLay and current President George W. Bush.

The first branch of the Democratic party are the Classic Liberals. Today, the majority of liberals in politics are classic liberals. They believe that governments should...