Definitions of a few words I think we and our public servants should read to refresh our memories. These are words that Politicians use to divide and manipulate us.
Conservative: Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
Liberal: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
Moderate: Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion.
Activist: Of, relating to, or engaged in activism.
Activism: The theory, doctrine, or practice of assertive, often militant action, such as mass demonstrations or strikes, used as a means of opposing or supporting a controversial issue, entity, or person.
Then there is the word politician (the reason the world is a mess).
Politician: 1. One who is actively involved in politics, especially party politics. One who holds or seeks a political office. 2. One who seeks personal or partisan gain, often by scheming and maneuvering: “Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but … they do not want them to become politicians in the process” (John F. Kennedy). 3. One who is skilled or experienced in the science or administration of government.
This last word I think is the most important one.
Compromise: A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions. The result of such a settlement.
After reading these definitions feel free to email them to you public servants, or, as they like to be called, ”leaders of the free world”.
Definitions taken from the American Heritage talking dictionary.