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Original conservatives were right, people are evil & corrupt

To the editor,
I've been thinking lately about liberals and conservatives — I mean, who hasn't. It seems to me that there has been a huge switcheroo in their basic positions.
When this country was founded, conservative and liberal were separated by their opinions on the basic nature of mankind — conservatives thought people were basically evil and corrupt; liberals thought people tended naturally to be good and virtuous. Therefore, conservatives thought that institutions — government — needed to be strong to hold in check the natural tendencies of individuals towards corruption. Liberals were the ones who thought man could exist in a state of nature with virtually no government at all.
History has proven time and again the truth of this conservative position. Unfortunately, the only ones who know it seem to be Democrats like myself.
Johan Andersen
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