I’ve been hearing the terms conservative and liberal thrown around quite a bit lately. Not that I have not heard these terms before, I just never put much thought into what they mean. My initial thought regarding these words made me think of servitude and liberty, however I did not want to jump to conclusions so I opted to do some research into the creation of these terms.
The Liberal Party was an British political party formed in the early 1800’s. The founding leaders of this party sought to establish policies which supported free trade, religious liberty and social legislation. This party won the British election of 1832 and remained in control until about 1865. The party’s policies reformed and reorganized British possessions and territories which included abolishing ownership of human beings. The liberal party was formed in reaction to some of the policies of the preceding Conservative Party.
The Conservative Party was also an early 1800 period political party in England. English conservative party members were avowed to changes in old and established practices. In the United States, it was first the Democratic Party that opposed the establishment of the subtreasury system and adopted the Conservative Party Name, as did both Northerners and Southerners who opposed the reconstruction period following the Civil War.
I’ve witnessed enough to be fairly confident that this would be the time that those who choose to unapologetically follow their particular political party will seize the moment to wave their political banners as a symbol of victory along with the battle cry of “I told you so!” However this bit of information raises some additional questions. I’ve read many Republican Party supporters’ comments and they seem to have crossed over into ideas supported by the aforementioned Southern and Northern Democratic Party members. The lines appear to have been blurred with current Republican Party members shouting “insults” of liberalism and now the current Democratic Party members are associated with a political party that may not of had the best interest of a group of people they are considered relative with.
I still have some thoughts about the two words that required additional investigation. Without researching the words and learning the literal meanings, when I look at the root of liberal, my first thoughts were associated with liberty which many associate with freedom. One of the dictionaries I read indicates the word Liber derived from a Latin word, liberalis meaning freedom. The dictionary reads, liberal arts are courses of study at a college which are befitting of a free man and even further reads liberalism emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority.
From its inception, “conservatives” sought to keep or preserve those traditions, practices and policies that directly supported their interests, which indicate some similarities with the word conserve. Conserve also appears to be a combination of the words con & serve. The prefix con derived from the Latin word, conducere meaning to lead or bring together and serve derives from the Latin word servus meaning a servant, slave or serf. Interesting that servant, slave and serf all have the same meaning yet somehow the prevalent thought of those words or terms of servitude are somehow different. For example indentured servant, slave, even serfdom are not viewed as the same practices, and some consider indentured servitude and serfdom as a better condition of existence in comparison with slavery.
Henry Peter Brougham is credited with the quote, “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” This quote reminds me of the concept associated with the study of liberal arts, befitting of a free man. I even notice some connectivity with liberal, liberty and library. This bit of information provides me with a better understanding of those who “insult” anyone whose ideas oppose theirs. Is it really insulting to be identified with being accepting of change, as supportive of ideas that foster freedom from traditional or authoritative concepts that do not benefit all that have a right to exist on this planet? Before anyone decides to makes a presumption regarding my affiliation with a certain political party, know that I consider myself a political free agent. I do not feel a need to be associated with any political party but I am open to consider any group actually seeking changes which promote the right for people to exist as they chose just as long as they don’t harm or obstruct another’s equal right to the same. It is confusing that many who have a sense of pride about a country marketed on freedom will frown upon those who actively practice what the framers of the Declaration of Independence wrote, when they sought freedom from those who held them in servitude and imposed policies and practices designed to conserve their right to exist in accordance with the laws that nature’s god entitles them.
USAGE: WESTERN AFRICAN, YORUBA.