“Conservative”, by definition, means adherence to tradition and resistance to change. “Liberal”, in general political terms, refers to being open to change and tolerant of diversity.
The specific issues and policies of conservatives and liberals change over time. Social conservatives of every era have disapproved of movements or ideas that disrupt a comfortable status quo. Liberals of the past have supported many uncomfortable and controversial changes:
– Turn-of-the-century (circa 1900) liberals supported teaching evolution in the nation’s schools
– The liberals of the early 20th century championed the woman suffrage movement, worked for the rights of workers to form unions, outlawed child labor, retricted monopolies in business, and instituted standards in work and food safety
– Liberals of the 1950’s lobbied in support of mixed-race marriages and the integration of military squadrons.
– Liberals in the 60’s brought us the feminist movement, supported racial civil rights reform, and experimented with other counter-culture movements.
All of these movements threatened established mores and were considered liberal in their time. There have also been many liberal agendas that have been discredited and fallen by the wayside.
Conservatism is a natural force in slowing down the rate of social change and helping to weed out liberal changes that are damaging to society. Hopefully, harmful changes are kept in check. Changes that benefit society eventually become the new status quo and are adopted by the next generation of “conservatives”, who would have looked like wild-eyed radicals to previous generations. We need a balance of conservatism and liberalism for a healthy society to grow and adapt.
Today, the conservative/liberal debates concern prayer in school, teaching creationism, abortion laws, gay marriage, eliminating “don’t ask, don’t tell”, the role of government in our lives, immigration reform, legalized marijuana use, foreign wars, healthcare, and dozens of other wedge issues that still rage. Some of these changes will be adopted and become the “conservative” values of tomorrow. Others will be debunked and considered “radical” by future generations.
One thing is certain — the public perception of the word “liberal” will continue to change.
What the liberal mind is passionate about is a world filled with pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice. Those who occupy this world are “workers,” “minorities,” “the little guy,” “women,” and the “unemployed.” They are poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised, exploited and victimized. They bear no responsibility for their problems. None of their agonies are attributable to faults or failings of their own: not to poor choices, bad habits, faulty judgment, wishful thinking, lack of ambition, low frustration tolerance, mental illness or defects in character. None of the victims’ plight is caused by failure to plan for the future or learn from experience. Instead, the “root causes” of all this pain lie in faulty social conditions: poverty, disease, war, ignorance, unemployment, racial prejudice, ethnic and gender discrimination, modern technology, capitalism, globalization and imperialism. In the radical liberal mind, this suffering is inflicted on the innocent by various predators and persecutors: “Big Business,” “Big Corporations,” “greedy capitalists,” U.S. Imperialists,” “the oppressors,” “the rich,” “the wealthy,” “the powerful” and “the selfish.”
The liberal cure for this endless malaise is a very large authoritarian government that regulates and manages society through a cradle to grave agenda of redistributive caretaking. It is a government everywhere doing everything for everyone. The liberal motto is “In Government We Trust.”
It primarily means that you believe in helping humanity before you believe in defending yourself against it.
You will see it in the answers provided….
A great example of this is in how conservatives and liberals disagree on spending tax money. Liberals believe in programs that help the sick, poor, aged, and believe in equality, so we focus on things like Healthcare, Welfare, Social Security etc….conservatives believe on increases in defense. Unfortunately in this country the conservatives have largely won the disagreement about the human spirit, so as a result 48% of our tax expenditures goes towards military applications. It reflects who we are a people.
1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. ( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.
11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.
someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties..
Liberals value morality over money.
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HOMOPHOBE RACIST RED NECK BIGOT
Insane butthurt jealous rage against rich people and a desire to bring society down