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Letter: A day at the zoo with liberals and conservatives

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Where is our country heading? What quality of life will each person want? Does America have the character to foster individualism yet unify as a society?

If one observes the dominant elements in our society, opposite forces can be seen fighting to determine America’s outcome. Liberalism and conservatism are two labels that have evolved to describe two sides of this encounter.

If one looked at a typical zoo as a model for society, one can easily see liberal and conservative thinking and preferences.

The Lodi zoo provides a shelter (cage) for animals where individualism, responsibility and self-determination are not factors. The animals have a safe place to live where, from cradle to grave, all their perceived needs are controlled and managed for them — when, where and what they eat, where they can go, which animals they interact with — all under the control of the liberal. If an animal is injured, a vet will be provided for its health care. All the animal’s needs are satisfied according to the liberal thinker’s perspective.

The San Diego Zoo is more a result of a conservative thinker where more individual freedoms are structured. Instead of a cage, animals are given land to roam — more mirroring a natural habitat. Conservatism fosters individualism and promotes more individual control of outcomes. A real conservative thinker would abolish the confinements of the zoo and let animals live in a jungle — a more natural habitat where life can be better enjoyed, and face nature and dangers that comes with it.

Obamacare, Social Security, food stamp programs and other liberal government creations that control people’s lives and choices have resulted in a life of dependency for so many. They have made people afraid to experience life without the safety net and control George Orwell’s “Big Brother” has inflicted on the psychology of American consciousness. My guess is individualism will become a thing of the past as a result of the security blanket liberalism provides.

Soon, one will have to read a history book to see America, the land of the free as it used to be.

Darrell Baumbach


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