7 Political Labels Which Don’t Mean What They Used To

Several recent polls indicate that the level of uneasiness in both the United States, as well as the rest of the world, is at its highest, in recent times! We have witnessed such an incredibly high level of polarization, rather than cooperation, and certain political leaders, such as President Donald J. Trump, have seemingly exploited this, with excessive rhetoric, vitriol, misstatements, etc, often taking every opportunity to attack those who disagree with him, by labelling them, in some negative, adversarial way. Besides the ethical and other negative aspects of this behavior. the exercise often becomes even more challenging, become today’s labels, often have significantly different meanings, than they once did. This article will briefly examine and discuss, 7 political labels, that fall into that category.

1. Liberal: Once a term, which meant someone believed in more government involvement, in order to address the needs, of the under, and less than privileged, this brought on legislation, often referred to, as entitlements, such as Medicaid, Welfare, etc. Certain politicians today, have distorted the original intent and meaning, from striving to help and make a positive differ in the lives of those who need it, to a negative connotation, which seems aimed at stirring up resentments, etc, for political gain!

2. Progressive: This is a somewhat, more recent term, which originally meant forward – thinking, such as environmental/ climate/ ecology concerns, and making education and health care, more affordable and accessible, to a situation, now, where some so – called progressives, often seem to have never seen a government hand – out they could resist, whether it is well – conceived and planned, or not. Obviously, those trying to stir up negative emotions, exploit this term, in a way, which creates resentment, etc. The health – care insurance argument, which pits those who support some variety of the Affordable Care Act, even if it means tweaking, to those who want a Medicare – for – All, system, to those, who simply state they seek a free market approach, without government involvement. Obviously, the latter approach, would bring us back, to pre – 2010 times, where many, could not even get, or qualify, or afford medical insurance.

3. Moderate: Prior to 1980, for most of the previous Presidential elections, everyone elected, held a philosophy, within about 5% of the center, politically. This permit across – the – aisle, discussion, and a willingness to compromise, for the common good. Today, we are witnessing much less centric politics, with those on the political left, and right, rarely coming to a common agreement! While we used to witness many Republican Moderates, there are far fewer elected today. What exactly is a political moderate, today?

4. Conservative: Originally, this meant, someone who focused and/ or emphasized, a conservative approach, especially to economics. They sought economic and budgetary prudence, and carefully reviewing and considering expenditures. Today, the term often refers to individuals, with a right – of – center approach and perspective/ philosophy, but the economic/ fiscal discipline often seems to vary, on a case – by – case basis. What ever happened to reducing deficits and seeking a balanced budget?

5. Republican: The political party of Lincoln, Rockefeller, Eisenhower, Javits, etc, is far different from the Republican Party, of today! There are few moderates, who are members of the G.O.P., today! Many of those mentioned above, would either be unwelcome, or would feel that way, today!

6. Common sense: Most would agree, the best approach, would be more use of common sense, in making decisions, etc, but, unfortunately, it is rather uncommon (indeed, rare!)!

7. Service: The elected officials of the past, despite their flaws, and personal agenda, ego, etc, in the end result, seemed to believe, they were elected to represent their constituents, and provide true service! Few would say, that’s the case, today!

Beware of political labels, because there’s often a significant difference between how we label, and reality/ necessity/ need, etc! Let’s all say, together, what the famous words, in the movie, Network, stated, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!

Love Great Beer? Find Breweries Near Me

Drinking beer with your friends and partners is a great way to unwind and enjoy some quality time with one another. Whether you are seeing live music, catching a game at a bar, or simply enjoying each other’s conversation outside on a sunny breezy porch, craft beers make everything better. If you are a huge fan of beer and want to learn more about what flavors and varieties are available, you will need to get familiar with some craft brands in your area. This way you can find the freshest beer the next time you want to go out or unwind. Here is the guide to help you find “breweries near me.”

1. Check out local newspapers and zines

Most cities and towns have their own respectable newspaper that locals depend on for their information. Everything from weather, news, movie times, and store openings can be found inside them. They are also a great way to become familiar with which brewery is making the type of beer you may be interested in. There will be ads for new beers hitting the local market as well as event lists for local brewery and bars.

2. Join an online beer forum

For real beer aficionados, having the latest information on which craft beers are available is a good way to stay in the loop and know where to find the local brews you crave. Online forums provide a great place to post reviews and pictures as well as engage in some interesting discussion about the beers, how they are made, and what restaurants or local joints serve them up. You can also make friends and meet up at beer drinking groups in your local area!

3. Use online beer websites

If you want the latest scoop on the newest beers, beer pubs, brew cinemas, and outdoor drinking spots- you need to check out an online beer websites or become a member at a few. As craft beer has grown in popularity, so has the need for online search websites that not only tell you what beer is where, but provide you with maps and even links and forums to discuss them. Much like the beer forums, you can find recent local news, grand opening events, and other activities that will allow you to continue learning about all the new beer in your town.

4. Smartphone apps

Technology has a way of making things simpler for us if we use it correctly. If you own a smart phone, and many of us do, you can download many apps that will find out which local spots will serve your favorite styles of beer. Do you love porters? There is an app to find craft brewed porters in your area. Use this power wisely.

Use these tips to find your favorite local craft beers.