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Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:11 pm
Author: Anthea
Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

    At it's most basic level
Right Wing:

Individual rights


Consider right-wing policies as a generally "conservative" political view. Conservatism is currently the most right-wing branch of political thought in the United States, though what conservatism actually is only become harder to define. Currently, conservationism and right-wing ideologies are generally used interchangeably in conversation, and you can usually assume conservatives will consider themselves as "right-wing" and vice versa. Both believe:

    A smaller government is a stronger government.
    Free, unregulated markets create the most wealth.
    Strong moral, traditional, and religious values are key to a strong nation.
    They Favor not to give any special status to minority thus believed in equal opportunity.
People on the right believe that the best outcome for society is achieved when individual rights and civil liberties are paramount and the role — and especially the power — of the government is minimized.

Left Wing:

Complete government control


Consider left-wing policies as a generally "liberal" view. Liberalism has been redefined many times over the years, but most people today use it almost synonymously with left-wing ideology. As such, most people will consider themselves both left-wing and liberal at the same time. Both believe that:

    A large, central government is essential to run the country smoothly.
    The free market gives too much power to businesses, and must be regulated to ensure consumers are treated fairly.
    The government must actively protect the rights of ethnic minorities and at-risk populations.
    They were in favor of Equality in society in terms of Status and wealth.
Left-wing beliefs are liberal in that they believe society is best served with an expanded role for the government.

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:49 pm
Author: Anthea
I must be Right Wing because I believe equal opportunities for everyone :ymhug:

I do NOT believe in separating ethnic minorities and giving them different treatment - separate treatment would make people feel DIFFERENT and possibly inferior

Nor do I believe in greater government control - I think BIG BROTHER has more than enough control over us

Left Wing believe in ABORTION

Right Wing do NOT believe in ABORTION


Unless someone has been raped or the health of mother or baby is at risk there is NO justifiable reason to MURDER an unborn child X(

Among my MANY and VARIED training courses, I trained in SEX EDUCATION and FAMILY PLANNING

If a woman does not wish to have a baby there are enough contraceptives on the market to prevent conception taking place

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:22 am
Author: Anthea
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Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English writer George Orwell published in June 1949.

The novel is set in the year 1984 when most of the world population have become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and propaganda.

In the novel, Great Britain ("Airstrip One") has become a province of a superstate named Oceania. Oceania is ruled by the "Party", who employ the "Thought Police" to persecute individualism and independent thinking.

The Party's leader is Big Brother, who enjoys an intense cult of personality but may not even exist. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a rank-and-file Party member. Smith is an outwardly diligent and skilful worker, but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother. Smith rebels by entering a forbidden relationship with fellow employee Julia.

As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered into common usage since its publication in 1949.

Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which connotes official deception, secret surveillance, brazenly misleading terminology and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 13 on the editors

Read the book - watch the film - see what a totalitarian government is like

In the UK we are already losing our rights and Big Brother watches everything we say and do online

I want to live in a country where all are equal - I am tired of the Loony Left causing problems for us all with their political correctness

I am NOT a number I am a FREE MAN (The Prisoner)

People who come to this country to live MUST comply to the SAME laws as everyone else here - does that make me RIGHT WING :ymdevil:

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:02 am
Author: Anthea
Alabama passes bill banning abortion

Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, the strictest such US law

The state Senate approved the law by 25 votes to six, rejecting exemptions for cases of rape or incest.

It will now go to Republican Governor Kay Ivey. She has not said whether she will sign it, but she is seen as a strong opponent of abortion.

Restrictions on abortion rights have already been introduced this year in 16 US states.

Activists hope the new Alabama law will challenge a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalised abortion in the US.

The bill had been passed 74-3 earlier this month in Alabama's House of Representatives.

Abortion would only be allowed in certain circumstances to safeguard the mother's health.

The National Organization for Women called the ban "unconstitutional" and said it was "a transparent effort to drum up political support for anti-abortion candidates in upcoming elections".

Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates called the decision "a dark day for women in Alabama and across this country".

Planned Parenthood should be just that, PLANNED, as in taking precautions to prevent conception or if necessary the morning after pill. NOT the slaughter of unborn. NOT the repeated use of abortions as a form of contraception.

In a statement she said Alabama politicians would "forever live in infamy for this vote and we will make sure that every woman knows who to hold accountable".

What do Alabama's politicians say about the new law?

Republican lawmaker Terri Collins, sponsor of the legislation, said: "Our bill says that baby in the womb is a person." :ymapplause:

Democratic state Senator Bobby Singleton said the bill "criminalises doctors" and was an attempt by men "to tell women what to do with their bodies".

Republican Senator Clyde Chambliss, a backer of the law, said it would enable the state "to go directly to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe versus Wade" (the 1973 ruling).

Before the debate began, Democrat Rodger Smitherman said: "We're telling a 12-year-old girl who, through incest and rape is pregnant, we are telling her that she doesn't have a choice."

I repeat, in cases such as rape there are morning after pills that prevent conception taking place

What does the bill do?

It goes further than legislation passed recently elsewhere in the US to ban abortion after a foetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy.

Under the Alabama measure, provision of abortion at any stage in pregnancy would be a Class A felony.

Doctors could face 10 years in prison for attempting to terminate a pregnancy and 99 years for actually carrying out the procedure.

A woman who has an abortion would not be held criminally liable.

The bill would allow abortion in cases where the mother's life is at serious risk.

Its text says more foetuses have been aborted than people killed in "Stalin's gulags, Cambodian killing fields". Shocking but true

Why now?

Supporters of the legislation have welcomed an inevitable challenge in federal court if the measure becomes law. Pro-choice groups have pledged to take legal action against it.

The bill's architects expect it will be defeated in the lower courts, but hope it will end up before the Supreme Court.

Their aim ultimately is to overturn Roe v Wade.

Emboldened by the addition of two Trump-nominated conservative justices, anti-abortion activists are eager to take one of the most divisive issues in America back to the highest court in the land.

Eric Johnston, who founded the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition that helped draft the bill, told NPR: "The dynamic has changed.

"The judges have changed, a lot of changes over that time, and so I think we're at the point where we need to take a bigger and a bolder step."

What's the national picture?

If signed into law by Governor Ivey, the Alabama measure would become one of more than 300 laws challenging abortion access in the US.

The flurry of measures has led activists to warn that a swathe of US territory could become an "abortion desert."

At the other end of the political spectrum, a Democratic-sponsored bill in Virginia that would have allowed third-trimester abortions up until the point of childbirth failed to make it out of committee.

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:09 am
Author: Anthea
I admit it

I must be Right Wing

I believe ALL life is sacred

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:57 pm
Author: Piling
I believe ALL life is sacred

Even bacteria ?

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:54 pm
Author: Anthea
Piling wrote:
I believe ALL life is sacred

Even bacteria ?

Only sentient beings/creatures

NOT invisible men :ymdevil:

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:15 am
Author: Piling
Anti-Abortion are generally pro death penalty, pro abortion are generally against capital punishment (may be excepted USA which is a very backward country :D )

So both sides claim to support their own vision of "Life is sacred".

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Author: Anthea
Piling wrote:Anti-Abortion are generally pro death penalty, pro abortion are generally against capital punishment (may be excepted USA which is a very backward country :D )

So both sides claim to support their own vision of "Life is sacred".

There has to be an alternative to the death penalty but what does one do with a mad ISIS jihadist X(

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 6:35 pm
Author: Anthea
Iraq court sentences French ISIS members to death

Three Frenchmen have been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after being found guilty of joining the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group

The men - named as Kévin Gonot, Léonard Lopez and Salim Machou by AFP news agency - have 30 days to appeal.

They were among 12 French citizens captured in Syria by US-backed fighters. In February they were transferred to Iraq for trial.

The three are the first ISIS suspects from France to be sentenced to death.

France has yet to react to Sunday's court ruling in Baghdad. But when pressed on the issue in February, French President Emmanuel Macron declined to comment, saying it was a sovereign matter for Iraq.

Human rights groups have heavily criticised the trials of suspected ISIS fighters in Iraq. Activists they say the courts often rely on circumstantial evidence or confessions made under duress.

What do we know about the three?

Gonot, 32, is from south-eastern France. He is believed to have entered Syria through Turkey to join the al-Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaeda, before pledging allegiance to ISIS.

He was arrested in Syria with his mother, his wife, and his half-brother in December 2017. A French court has also sentenced him in absentia to nine years in prison.

Machou, 41, belonged to an ISIS cell composed of European fighters that has carried out attacks in Iraq and Syria and planned others in Paris and Brussels, according to the Centre d'Analyse du Terrorisme (CAT), a French think tank.

Lopez, a 32-year-old from Paris, also travelled with his wife and two children to ISIS-held Mosul in northern Iraq before entering Syria, CAT quotes French investigators as saying.

His lawyer, Nabil Boudi, condemned the trial as "summary justice". He told AFP news agency that the death sentence had been "based solely on a series of interrogations in Baghdad jails".

Why were they transferred to Iraq?

ISIS once controlled vast swathes of territory stretching across Syria and Iraq. After years of fighting, Iraq declared victory on its side of the border in late 2017.

On the Syrian side, the main offensive was led by a US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The group captured the last stronghold held by the jihadists in March.

An estimated 1,000 foreign fighters - as well as many women and children - are estimated to be in SDF custody.

Iraq has offered to try all foreign fighters held by the SDF. Several hundreds have been transferred for trial by Iraqi courts but none have so far been executed.

What has happened to foreigners who joined ISIS?

More than 41,000 people from dozens of countries are estimated to have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq - about a quarter of them women and children.

Almost 6,000 came from Western Europe.

Approximately 850 people from the UK were among them, including 145 women and 50 children.
Bat chart showing countries in Western Europe with the highest number of nationals joining ISIS in Iraq and Syria

The vast majority of ISIS militants are believed to have been either killed or captured. It is unclear how many foreigners have died.

Researchers suggest at least 7,000 have travelled back to their countries of origin.

Those countries have raised concerns about bringing hardened jihadists back and the challenges of gathering evidence to support prosecutions.

These 3 people, and others like them, did not live locally and find themselves caught up in the fighting. They intentionally left their country of origin and travelled to join the ISIS, with the sole intention of killing non-Sunni Muslims

What is a fitting punishment for such terrorists?

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:33 am
Author: Piling
Not a great loss for France.

Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 11:04 am
Author: Anthea
Baby born size of an apple defies odds to survive

A baby born weighing just 245g (8.6oz), believed to be the tiniest on record to survive premature birth, has been discharged from hospital in the US

Baby Saybie weighed the same as a large apple when she was born at 23 weeks and three day in December 2018.

Fighting for life, she was transferred to the intensive care unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital in San Diego, California.

Doctors told Saybie's parents she had just hours to live.

But five months on, she was discharged weighing a healthy 5.6 pounds (2.5kg), confounding all expectations.

A nurse who cared for Saybie as she battled for survival said her recovery and release earlier this month was a "miracle".

The Tiniest Babies Registry said Saybie is thought to be the world's smallest surviving premature baby.

The previous record was held by a baby girl from Germany, born weighing 252g (8.9oz) in 2015, according to the registry, operated by the University of Iowa.

A baby, born weighing just 268g (9.45oz) in Japan earlier this year, is thought to be the smallest boy to have survived premature birth.

Saybie's mother gave birth to the little girl by emergency C-section three months ahead of schedule after she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia - a pregnancy complication involving high blood pressure which can prove fatal for mother and baby.

In a video released by the hospital, the mother described the birth as the "scariest day of my life".

"I kept telling them: 'She's not going to survive. She's - I'm only 23 weeks [pregnant]'," the mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said.

Her birth was so premature, doctors considered her a "micro preemie" - a baby born before 28 weeks' gestation. Babies are typically born at 42 weeks, the hospital said.

She was so small she could "fit in the palm of the hands of her care team", it said.

Her survival, doctors believe, could be attributed to the fact that she suffered no serious complications after birth.

"Saybie experienced virtually none of the medical challenges typically associated with micro preemies, which can include brain bleeds, and lung and heart issues," the hospital said.

In many countries abortion is allowed up to 20 weeks - some are live and just left to die slowly

Even in the UK thousands of abortions take place AFTER 20 weeks

In many countries late term abortions are allowed up to 36 weeks


Re: Basics of Right Wing - Left Wing Ideology

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 11:30 am
Author: Anthea
Georgia's anti-abortion 'heartbeat bill'

Georgia has joined a slew of states in legalising an anti-abortion measure that bans the procedure as soon as a foetal heartbeat can be detected

On Tuesday, Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed the controversial Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, though the ban will officially go into effect January 2020.

In the first months of this year, nearly 30 states introduced some form of an abortion ban in their legislature. Fifteen have specifically been working with these so-called "heartbeat bills", that would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute - a group that researches sexual and reproductive health - says it's a huge increase, up from seven last year.

What are these bills - and why now?

"Heartbeat bills", as the term implies, seek to make abortion illegal as soon as a foetus' heartbeat is detectable. In most cases, this is at the six-week mark of a pregnancy - before many women even know they are pregnant.

For context, morning sickness generally happens around the nine-week mark, according to Mayo Clinic, and one study found about only half of women experienced pregnancy symptoms by the end of the fifth week of pregnancy.

"We have never seen so much action around six-week abortion bans," Ms Nash says. "But we now have seen a shift in the composition of the US Supreme Court."

JUNE 25: Protesters call for a vote on the NIFLA v. Becerra case outside of the Supreme Court on June 25, 2018. The case involves pro-life pregnancy centers and the requirement by California law to provide information on abortion.

President Donald Trump has thus far successfully placed two conservative Supreme Court justices - moving the nation's top court further to the right, and, Ms Nash says, making it seem more amenable to revoking abortion rights.

"Because of this, we are seeing state legislatures looking to ban abortion as a way to kickstart litigation that would come before the [Supreme] court, and the court could then roll back abortion rights."

Progressive legislators are also responding - in January, New York signed into law a bill safeguarding abortion rights after 24 weeks in certain cases, reigniting discussions about the controversial procedure.

Ms Nash notes that a conservative shift at the state level was apparent in 2010 as well, but under the Obama administration, there was still a federal safety net for abortion rights.
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio are the strictest with 6 week bans.

A brief history of US abortion

The US movement against abortion began in the 1800s, spearheaded by physicians who saw non-medical professionals providing abortion services as both a threat to their industry and harmful to women's health.

By 1900, every state had banned abortions entirely - with exceptions granted only at the discretion of a licensed physician.

The issue arose again in the 1960s, when women began advocating for reproductive rights. Colorado changed its anti-abortion law in 1967, followed soon after by California and New York.

Amid these efforts to return the choice to women, the anti-abortion movement as we currently see it was born, led largely by Catholics and other conservative religious groups. The oldest such group in the US, the National Right to Life, was founded in 1968.

Most funding for the movement still comes from religious conservatives - including wealthy donors like the vocally pro-life DeVos family.

In 1973, the Supreme Court issued the landmark Roe v Wade ruling legalising abortion in all 50 states.

Roe v Wade protects a woman's right to an abortion only until viability - that is, the point at which a foetus is able to live outside the womb, generally at the start of the third trimester, 28 weeks into a pregnancy.

According to a study published in the BMC Women's Health journal, financial constraints, timing, partner-related issues and the need to care for other children are the main reasons for US women obtaining abortions - and the majority of women surveyed reported several of these rationales contributing at the same time.

Pro-life signs are seen during the 2019 March for Life Conference and Expo, the day before an annual rally and march of pro-life activists that mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US, in Washington, DC,

What does the anti-abortion movement want?

The movement in recent years has grown increasingly diverse, advocates say, and as a result, not everyone within it has the same vision of how to move forward.

For Karen Swallow Prior, a professor at the evangelical Liberty University who is a proponent of banning abortion outright, these foetal heartbeat bills are "a good faith effort" to restrict abortion.

While Prof Prior supports the legislation, she says that such a dramatic step is unlikely to result in any lasting political change - but it does spark potentially constructive debates.

"What I like about these heartbeat bills is the name alone allows us to think about the unborn children in a different way than we're used to talking about in political discourse."

Prof Prior says those supporting abortion rights - the "pro-choice" camp - argue that most abortions occur within the first trimester, but also say some women do not realise they are pregnant until 20 weeks in, so these heartbeat bills have the added effect of "encouraging women to be more aware and conscious of what's going on in their bodies".

"These bills and the pro-life [anti-abortion] movement are not about punishing women for having sex, they are about preserving a human life that already exists," Prof Prior says. She emphasised it was not a religiously motivated viewpoint, but one based on science and human rights.

It's worth noting, however, that the science and medical community remains just as embroiled in the debate over when a foetus is alive.

Kyle Eisenhuth, the 21-year-old president of the pro-life group at Liberty, echoes the same argument.

"I'm a devout Christian, so that's part of it, but I really think science is on the side of the pro-life movement," he says. "Just because we have that faith doesn't change how a baby has a heartbeat at 18-21 days."

Mr Eisenhuth says that he believes progressive retaliation to Mr Trump has had the biggest impact on jump-starting these bills.

"More than anything else, when New York passed their bill on abortion, I think that inspired a lot more activism."

In addition to these six-week bans, pro-life activists have fought for restrictions on abortion methods, rationales (such as sex or race or abnormality) and trigger bans that would end abortion if Roe v Wade is overturned.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 18 states have laws that would restrict abortion in the absence of the federal law, while 10 have laws that would protect abortion in the same scenario.

But some activists are focusing instead on changing infrastructure they view as promoting abortion, rather than seeking to immediately criminalise the procedure.

Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, founder of New Wave Feminists, says her organisation wants to make abortion "unthinkable".

"We're arguing about autonomy - which is more important, the woman's or the child's? As a pro-life feminist, I believe we have to take into account both."

"We know statistically it's a decision made on financial constraints, lack of access to healthcare, things like that," she says. "Let's get to the real root as to why women feel they have to have an abortion in the first place."

Ms Herndon-De La Rosa says she had to fight to continue her own education when she became pregnant at 16.

In her view, abortions "help society not adequately meet the needs of women" by promoting the idea that women cannot have children and be successful in other aspects of their lives.

What about the other side?

Reverend Marie Alford-Harkey says the right to have an abortion goes hand in hand with the right to follow one's own values and morals.

Rev Alford-Harkey, who is a Christian pastor and the president and CEO of the Religious Institute, a national multi-faith organisation working for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice, says the notion of reproductive justice, a term created by black women in the 1990s, is behind her pro-choice views.

"It's the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, to have children, to not have children, to parent in safe and sustainable communities," Rev Alford-Harkey explains.

"Justice is a very Christian concept, and this particular framework grew out of communities that were not being served."

Rev Alford-Harkey recently began working as an abortion doula, accompanying women into the exam rooms, speaking with them before, after and sometimes even during the procedure.

"I've been asked once or twice if I think God would forgive them and I say, I don't think there's anything for God to forgive. What I think is a sin is that we've taught people that God won't forgive them for doing what's best for their own bodies, their own lives."

Rev Alford-Harkey says viewing abortion as an issue rather than focusing on the human needs has exacerbated the problems.

"What is most resonant for me is the great variety of people I've seen [as a doula] - from a woman who I'm pretty certain was being abused by the person who impregnated her, to a woman who was barely out of high school and knew she couldn't care for a child, to a woman who had three children and knew she couldn't care for another."