Depending on how you define left and right, each and every one of them are collectivist of some manner. Each and every damned one of them. Not a one supports the Constitutions original intent. If you want Original Content supporters you need to look more to John Stossel, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul. Bush is only "Right" if you consider government intervention into banks conservative. It isn't, Bush is a mini fascist if you ask me. In reality our markets have not been free since Hoover started tinkering with them in 1928, and 1929 and the whole mess started in 1913 when CONgress instituted the first ever national income tax on Americans and then later that year allowed the private corporation known as the Federal Reserve to take over our money creation, which is supposed to be a mechanism reserved for CONgress alone. There are many ways that people define fascism but let's look at this one for now. Government only takes power, it never ever gives it back.
(FASH-iz-uhm) A system of government that flourished in Europe from the 1920s to the end of World War II. Germany under Adolf Hitler, Italy under Mussolini, and Spain under Franco were all fascist states. As a rule, fascist governments are dominated by a dictator, who usually possesses a magnetic personality, wears a showy uniform, and rallies his followers by mass parades; appeals to strident nationalism; and promotes suspicion or hatred of both foreigners and “impure” people within his own nation, such as the Jews in Germany. Although both communism and fascism are forms of totalitarianism, fascism does not demand state ownership of the means of production, nor is fascism committed to the achievement of economic equality. In theory, communism opposes the identification of government with a single charismatic leader (the “cult of personality”), which is the cornerstone of fascism. Whereas communists are considered left-wing, fascists are usually described as right-wing. 1 ‡ Today, the term fascist is used loosely to refer to military dictatorships, as well as governments or individuals that profess racism and that act in an arbitrary, high-handed manner.
Bush Nationalized nine of our largest banks last week, the banks had no choice Our standing in the world among our foreign neighbors has never been as low as it is now Coming soon to a factory or hospital near you just as soon as the government bails them out. Schindler of Schindler's List had to bow to the Nazis and produce things in his factories that he did not want to produce. The government told him what to produce even though the factories were privately owned The communist (democrats) tax you overtly at the point of a gun or the threat of prison, think IRS. The right wing (Republicans) lean toward continued levels of spending, and rather than tax you directly at those levels, tax you covertly through inflation, by selling T-Bonds to the Federal Reserve at interest
If you don't think inflation is a tax then watch the following and what the Fed chairman himself says while he is under oath.
On the other hand there is classical liberalism, which in nearly the complete reverse of what we call liberalism today. If the so called "conservatives" are not preserving our rights (Patriot Act, see my quote), they aren't conserving our money, and the ideas of the founding fathers then what is it that they are "conserving"
Basically, classical liberalism is the belief in liberty. Even today, one of the clearest statements of this philosophy is found in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. At that time, as is the case today, most people believed that rights came from government. People thought they only had such rights as government elected to give them. But following the British philosopher John Locke, Jefferson argued that it's the other way around. People have rights apart from government, as part of their nature. Further, people can form governments and dissolve them. The only legitimate purpose of government is to protect these rights.
People who call themselves classical liberals today tend to have the basic view of rights and role of government that Jefferson and his contemporaries had. Moreover, they do not tend to make any important distinction between economic liberties and civil liberties.
http://www.ncpa.org/pub/special/20051220-special.html This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
While the movie is fiction I think those of you who think that O`Reilly, Hannity, and Limbaugh are the cats meow should watch the movie V For Vendetta.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Some good Stossel videos can be found here.
Parts one through six can be found here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phs6CwnutoY