Hi Dalehileman, I don't think I've ever been pigeon holed properly. And I don't consider myself either conservative or radical...I believe in balance of rights between the community and the individual, and I believe in self responsibility (which encompasses much more than most people think).
Because of that, I don't think the govt should be here to fix every persons problems - the way I see it, the more you attempt to fix, the more people expect you to fix, the more people blame the govt (or others) for their every little problem - which as you no doubt see, removes self responsibility, which I think is counterproductive to human growth (and society).
I find the western world has an unhealthy attachment to the govt fixing their personal problems, while feeling an ever growing sense of entitlement...then complaining that the govt is getting into debt, and is too intrusive (and yet these things are intrinsically linked)
Govt can be there to assist those who want to be assisted (eg. by providing govt run tuition at schools, after hours - catering to those who wish to attend and learn). But it shouldn't be there to attempt to 'force fix' childrens problems at the detriment of all those who wish to learn.
Hi Izzy, I think this post will probably have answered your post as well - we may disagree on some points, but that's okay.
Oh, and just in case it isn't clear, because you mentioned 'point the finger'. I don't subscribe to 'blame', which is almost always wrong-minded, and almost always counterproductive. I subscribe to understanding contributing circumstances, and learning self responsibility. None of that involves 'pointing the finger' (which involves an attitude of blame - which usually denies both understanding, and contributing circumstances)