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    Smile right or left wing?

    Hi, in VOA news, the "right/left wing" is always appearing. I know it is something related to politic, but I am not clear about the difference between them.

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    Re: right or left wing?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoucang View Post
    Hi, in VOA news, the "right/left wing" is always appearing. I know it is something related to politic, but I am not clear about the difference between them.
    Have you tried googling it? By the way, please use a smaller font in your posts.

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    Re: right or left wing?

    LOL - bhai, I'm getting older. I rather like that font :)

    Extreme liberals are the left wing and extreme conservatives are the right wing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: right or left wing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Have you tried googling it? By the way, please use a smaller font in your posts.
    Maybe I can try it next time.

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    Re: right or left wing?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) You have asked a VERY difficult question.

    (2) Here in the United States, "left wing" means that you are "more liberal" in your political

    ideas; "right wing" means that you are "more conservative" in your political ideas.

    BUT there is a big problem: :People do NOT agree on what the words "liberal" and "conservative"

    mean.

    (3) I am glad that you are getting information from the Voice of America. If you continue to follow the

    news on the VOA, you will one day start to get a feeling for what Americans mean by "left wing" and

    "right wing."

    (a) Let me give you one example:

    Maybe most right-wingers believe that our Constitution gives the right to most people to buy a gun

    if she or he wants to; maybe most left-wingers feel that the government has the right to carefully control

    who buys a gun and what kind of gun.

    (b) OK, another example. Maybe most left-wingers think that it is very cruel for the government to

    execute criminals; many right-wingers feel that murderers deserve to be executed.

    (4) Are you starting to get the idea? Here in the United States, we have two large political parties.

    The Republican Party is usually considered "right of center" and the Democratic Party is usually

    considered "left of center."

    (5) As the moderator suggested, read all that you can on the Web about these two terms. It is a

    very complicated matter.

    (6) Oh, by the way, it is a good idea NOT to call a person a "left-winger" or a "right-winger." Those

    terms are often used as insults.

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    Re: right or left wing?

    Maybe most right-wingers believe that our Constitution gives the right to most people to buy a gun
    Right wingers believe God gave us the natural right to self defense. The Constitution merely forbids the federal government from interfering with our natural rights.

    One thing to understand about American politics is that they differ from those in Europe, though similar terms are used. "Conservatives" (right wing) in America wish to conserve the principals of the American revolution. Limited gov't and the state as a necessary evil are prime examples.

    "Liberals" (left wing) in America view the state as a force for good and tend to want the state to have more power so it can help more people.

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    Re: right or left wing?

    And I think this needs to conclude the lesson in American politics, before it becomes a political discussion.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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