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What’s the Difference Between a Conservative and a Liberal?

peter 2009/09/27 22:55:22
People often wonder what is the difference between a conservative and a liberal. The simple fact of the matter is that the major difference is that conservatives wonder first what it is they are responsible for while liberals wonder first what everyone else should be doing for them.

Here are some brief rules of thumb:

•If a conservative sees a U.S. flag, his heart swells with pride.
•If a liberal sees a U.S. flag, he feels shame.

•If a conservative doesn’t like guns, they don’t buy them.
•If a liberal doesn’t like guns, then no one else should have one either.

•If a conservative is a vegetarian, he won’t eat meat.
•If a liberal is, they want to ban all meat products for everyone.

•If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat it.
•If a liberal see an enemy he wonders what he can do to appease him.

•If a conservative is homosexual, he'll quietly enjoy his life.
•If a liberal is homosexual, he'll demand everyone get involved in his bedroom activities.

•If a successful conservative is black or Hispanic, he'll see himself as having succeeded on his own merits.
•Successful liberal minorities still claim "racism" and want government to give them even more.

•If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to work to better his situation.
•A liberal wants someone else to take care of him.

•If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
•If a liberal doesn't like a radio show, he demands that the station be shut down or censored.

•If a conservative is a non-believer, he just doesn’t go to church.
•Non-believing liberals demand that everyone cease believing and demands churches be censored.

•If a conservative needs health care, he shops for it, or chooses a job that provides it.
•Liberals demand that everyone else provide him with healthcare for free.

•If a conservative sees a law, he thinks long and hard before suggesting a change.
•If a liberal sees a law he assumes it is just a suggestion and does what he wants anyway.

•Conservatives feel there is a right and wrong.
•Liberals feel that nothing is really wrong... unless it is believed by a conservative.

•Conservatives believe in freedom, responsibility, tradition, and self-reliance.
•Liberals believe in license, government restrictions, upending tradition, and collectives.

By Warner Todd Huston

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  • thakatc... Jeremiah 2009/10/01 00:36:55
  • hazelg topcop 2009/10/01 00:14:10
    hazelg
    Conservatives believe that the Constitution is finite and absolute, and Liberals believe that the Constitution is a "living document" subject to modern interpretation.
  • JohntheChristian 2009/09/29 17:00:34 (edited)
    JohntheChristian
    Sometimes a lot, sometimes little.



    A single axis Spectrum is not a good way to judge someone's political stances
  • rightside 2009/09/29 16:46:43
    rightside
    +3
    WOW! You really nailed it! Good job.
    But, you forgot.
    If a conservative is pregnant, they know its a baby.
    If a liberal is pregnant, its an alien that will evolve into a baby, unless they terminate it before it does.
  • Toodleloo SodaHead 2009/09/29 16:36:38 (edited)
    Toodleloo SodaHead
    +1
    You named the difference, so I'll name the similarity.

    They both bitch too much. :)

    EDIT: Pesky typos
  • kevjon 2009/09/29 16:24:18
    kevjon
    +3
    Right...........Left
    Right..........Wrong
    You spelled it out, although I might add that conservatives act on research while liberals act on impulse and emotion. wrong spelled add conservatives act research liberals act impulse emotion
  • RicemanSTM ~POTL~PWCM~JLA~AFCL 2009/09/29 16:04:01
    RicemanSTM ~POTL~PWCM~JLA~AFCL
    +6
    Liberals think with their hearts and let emotions guide their actions. They believe in equality, sometimes to the extremes where there is no "better than" or "more of". There are no crimes that require punishment, only counseling. There is no blame. They believe the Constitution is piece of paper to be examined to find loopholes in.

    Conservatives think with their brains, Thinking things through logically and looking beyond step one. They believe in rewarding hard work and discipline. Crimes have consequences and that people should be responsible for themselves. They believe in helping someone help themselves as opposed to just blindly giving to them. Lastly, they believe in the common good, that the Constitution applies to everyone and not just the elite.
  • Judy Riceman... 2009/09/29 16:27:39
    Judy
    +3
    Very nicely summarized.
  • Riceman... Judy 2009/09/29 16:46:44
    RicemanSTM ~POTL~PWCM~JLA~AFCL
    +2
    Thank you ma'am.
  • devonta... Riceman... 2009/09/29 17:37:39
    devontae jones
    +4
    Liberals don't think with their hearts about other, they think with their hearts about themselves. John Kennedy is rolling in his graves at what the Democrats have become.

    They have destroyed my community by confusing handouts with equality. My grandfather says "the black community is further behind than we were in the 1960's because the guilt ridden whites started to give us gifts to make up for the oppression of other whites. We learned to take, but never to learn or to work hard or to be a part of this society. We are the retarded step son that has been sent off to the asylum. All of our basic needs are taken care of but we still live by the will of the master".
  • Riceman... devonta... 2009/09/29 17:45:58
    RicemanSTM ~POTL~PWCM~JLA~AFCL
    +3
    Democrats...the other white guilt.

    I had a conversation with another SH, very civil one. I pointed out to her that the Democrats now bear little or no resemblance to the Dems of the 60s, the ones who actually accomplished greatness. She then replied, rather sternly, that she saw no difference in Dem ideals from then and now. I thought about that and then told her she was correct, the ideals hadn't changed, but it was the representatives of those ideas who had. I listened to some speeches from JFK not to long ago. If you didn't know who he was, you'd swear he was a conservative...
  • devonta... Riceman... 2009/09/29 23:04:46
    devontae jones
    +2
    I have posted this before and I am going to blog it later tonight. Read the conclusion of Kennedy's Inaugural address and compare to where we are today.

    Kennedy 1961

    In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

    And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

    My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

    Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
  • pbunny devonta... 2009/09/30 00:24:03
    pbunny
    Thank you very much for posting this.
  • Riceman... devonta... 2009/09/30 15:45:27
    RicemanSTM ~POTL~PWCM~JLA~AFCL
    Love that speech. Alas, now it's more politically correct to lower standards than to ask more of our children and adults.
  • Marty9957 devonta... 2009/09/29 22:38:23
    Marty9957
    +1
    I've been saying the very same thing for years Devontae. Why can't those affected see this. There is no one on this earth that can't live with out a nanny government.
  • Jeremiah Riceman... 2009/09/29 23:43:16
    Jeremiah
    What kind of thinking got us into Iraq?
  • Riceman... Jeremiah 2009/09/30 15:48:07
    RicemanSTM ~POTL~PWCM~JLA~AFCL
    Thinking that was backed up by intelligence estimates from 5 other nations. Russia, France, Germany, Britain, and Israel. Failure to abide to almost all UN resolutions and sanctions, and numerous Congressional resolutions and bills.
  • WOODY 2009/09/29 15:54:47
    WOODY
    +4
    most conservatives run on FACT and Liberals run on theory
  • Ron 2009/09/29 15:33:59
    Ron
    +2
    I think the major difference is preception.
  • JDLogan 2009/09/29 14:18:47
    JDLogan
    +4
    Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.


    Centrists espouse a "middle ground" regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose "political extremes," and emphasize what they describe as "practical" solutions to problems.


    Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates "traditional values." They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.


    Statists want government to have a great...



    Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.


    Centrists espouse a "middle ground" regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose "political extremes," and emphasize what they describe as "practical" solutions to problems.


    Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates "traditional values." They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.


    Statists want government to have a great deal of power over the economy and individual behavior. They frequently doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in today's world. Statists tend to distrust the free market, support high taxes and centralized planning of the economy, oppose diverse lifestyles, and question the importance of civil liberties.



    LIBERTARIANS support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.
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  • a 2009/09/29 14:14:18
    a
    +7
    One is a elephant and the other is a jackass.
  • kevjon a 2009/09/29 16:27:59
    kevjon
    +2
    That was great, thanks for the laugh.
  • a kevjon 2009/09/29 17:35:04
    a
    +2
    You're welcome.
  • shrimpster 2009/09/29 14:02:18
    shrimpster
    +4
    * Conservatives want the status quo and do not like progress.

    * Conservatives preach morality and then commit sexual immoralities

    * Conservatives preach fiscal conservatism and then promote the spending on military, our highest expenditure

    * Conservatives preach personal freedom and choice but promote wars that deny other countries sovereignty and their freedoms

    * Conservatives preach pro-life but promote wars that kills thousands and more

    * Conservatives promote gun ownership as a means of self-defense from a possible tyrannical government but promote a big brother government with military growth

    * Conservatives say they defend the Constitution but want to impose prayer in schools and commandments in court rooms.

    Conservatives do not act like conservatives anymore. They act like fascists.
  • Velanarris shrimpster 2009/09/29 15:16:49 (edited)
    Velanarris
    +3
    Sexual immoralities, you mean like getting a BJ from an aide then lying to the American People about it?

    Denying sovreingty, you mean like endorsing the Iranian dictator after stealing an election? Or perhaps we can go back to Carter's well ouotspoken support of a dictator over the democratically elected representatives of middleeastern countries?

    The big brother government you speak of was a democrat endorsed bill, that is now being extended by your democrat president.

    Your statements are opinionated and when it comes to past precedent, inaccurate. Neither side of the political coin is conservative, on that we agree, but don't forget fascism is a far left ideal, not an invention of the right.

    And certainly don't say the democrats are for the rights of all people, as it was the democrat party that tried to continue slavery and led us into the Civil War.
  • shrimpster Velanarris 2009/09/29 16:19:50
    shrimpster
    +2
    1. The difference is that the Republicans preach morality and then do the opposite. The democrats get BJs but they are not out preaching family values and morality.

    2. Leaving Iran to figure out its problem is called respecting sovereignty. Even Ron Paul praised Obama for keeping his nose out. Didn't half the country in the US accuse Bush for stealing the election in the US? No country put their nose in our affairs.

    3. The Patriot Act was a bill written by the Justice Department under Bush. Congress didn't even write the bill and the only Senator to oppose it was Senator Leahy....a Democrat. It was very similar to a law passed by Hitler while the country was under fear and his political opponents signed on to it. Note that regardless of congress, the most vocal voices against the patriot act were left leaning organizations for civil liberties. The Right supported it. Go watch Fox News during that time.

    Fascism is not a left ideal. Its a right ideal. Just that Hitler came through the guise of a worker's party but meanwhile the real socialist party in germany were his biggest opponents.

    Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology[1][2][3][4] and a corporatist economic ideology developed in Italy.[5] Fascists believe...

    1. The difference is that the Republicans preach morality and then do the opposite. The democrats get BJs but they are not out preaching family values and morality.

    2. Leaving Iran to figure out its problem is called respecting sovereignty. Even Ron Paul praised Obama for keeping his nose out. Didn't half the country in the US accuse Bush for stealing the election in the US? No country put their nose in our affairs.

    3. The Patriot Act was a bill written by the Justice Department under Bush. Congress didn't even write the bill and the only Senator to oppose it was Senator Leahy....a Democrat. It was very similar to a law passed by Hitler while the country was under fear and his political opponents signed on to it. Note that regardless of congress, the most vocal voices against the patriot act were left leaning organizations for civil liberties. The Right supported it. Go watch Fox News during that time.

    Fascism is not a left ideal. Its a right ideal. Just that Hitler came through the guise of a worker's party but meanwhile the real socialist party in germany were his biggest opponents.

    Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology[1][2][3][4] and a corporatist economic ideology developed in Italy.[5] Fascists believe that nations and/or races are in perpetual conflict whereby only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and by asserting themselves in conflict against the weak.[6]

    Sounds like a far right ideology to me. Leftists are too appeasing and wimpy to be in perpetual conflict.
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  • Velanarris shrimpster 2009/09/29 16:32:18
    Velanarris
    +3
    Democrats don't preach family values? Clinton's stance on gay marriage was in opposition because of "family values".

    Leaving Iran to figure out it's problem isn't the only example I posed. We've backed and supported the prior dictators that created the current mess in Iran back during the days of Mr. Jimmy Carter.

    No one watches Fox news for anything other than entertainment. Progressives harp on Fox while MSBC and CNN are as far left as Fox is far right.


    How's this defintion of Fascism:

    From Webster's Dictionary- a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

    That's leftism in a nutshell. The exaltation of the society or nation as opposed to the individual. Individual values are the doctrine of the right; societal, or commune based values are those of the left.

    It's pretty clear cut.
  • shrimpster Velanarris 2009/09/29 17:33:09
    shrimpster
    +1
    1. Yep. But Clinton didn't marry a man. My issue is with the hypocricy.

    2. Actually, the Shah started with Eisenhower. Carter had a hands off policy and when the Shah came begging for US intervention of the Revolution, Carter let it happen. He was criticized by Henry Kissinger for being critical of the Shah's regime and not going along with the status quo.

    That is not a left philosophy. The left are for social equality. Socialism believes in a community controlled government that is imposed on the economy. Communism believes in no central government, but community ruled governance where property is shared and not owned. Nationalism is not part of the left making it difficult for it to be Fascist. The right always complain that Liberals are too complacent to other countries or anti-war wussies.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    Look under economy.
  • Velanarris shrimpster 2009/09/29 18:27:59
    Velanarris
    Social equality? So taxing some members of society at a higher rate because they've worked harder and made more is equality?
  • shrimpster Velanarris 2009/09/29 18:37:10
    shrimpster
    +1
    It is not. That I disagree with but at the same time its unfair that businesses and the wealthy have methods of writing off a lot of taxes, placing the tax burden on the middle class. There is inequality to the wealthy on the front-end and inequality to the middle class on the back-end. How about a flat tax percentage with no write-offs, credits and deductions?
  • Velanarris shrimpster 2009/09/29 19:14:00
    Velanarris
    That I agree with.

    Thing is, that's a conservative stance.
  • shrimpster Velanarris 2009/09/29 19:33:14 (edited)
    shrimpster
    +1
    I'm not trashing fiscally conservative stances. I actually agree with fiscal conservatism. Just pointing out that today's conservative actions contradict conservative beliefs. Look at my last sentence on my original post. This blog is bashing Liberals when Conservatives are as guilty if not worse than Liberals today.

    On the subject of taxes here is an example. Both parties either spend a lot of money or subsidizes industry placing the spending burden on middle class america That has to be paid for somehow. Traditionally, Democrats tax and Republicans borrow money (so they don't seem to raise taxes). Like Jesse Ventura said, Democrats spend with cash and Republicans spend with credit. But both spend. But I prefer to spend in cash as credit puts you in debt and that leads to conflicts.
  • Velanarris shrimpster 2009/09/29 23:04:55
    Velanarris
    You mean today's "Republican" actions. Not conservative actions.

    The republicans haven't been conservative for decades.
  • kevjon shrimpster 2009/09/29 16:48:06
    kevjon
    +1
    A sign of a great nation is one were people try to get in, not get out.
    Obama is doing a complete 180 on our philosophies.
    Fascism:

    1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
    2. (sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.
    3. (initial capital letter) a fascist movement, esp. the one established by Mussolini in Italy 1922–43.
    If this doesn't sound like Obama than I must be missing something.
  • shrimpster kevjon 2009/09/29 19:01:14
    shrimpster
    You are missing a lot my friend. You forgot the big piece based on nationalism.

    Obama does not have complete power. Bush exercised more of his power than Obama has. If Obama did he would have simply passed a health reform bill with the public option. Now there is no public option. He is losing that battle. Looks like democracy to me. He has not suppressed criticism and opposition. if anything there has been more criticism and opposition. Town Hall Meetings, tea bag parties, people bringing guns to where Obama is giving speeches. The only oppressive acts that he has done is to continue the oppressive and degrading practices of the Bush administration including guatanamo, secret prisons, extension of the Patriot Act, etc.

    Now Bush was heading towards Fascism. Calling nations evil and telling other nations that you are either with us or against us.....hmmmm. Now that is nationalism.
  • kevjon shrimpster 2009/09/29 19:19:19
    kevjon
    Get a clue, Obama has finally been made by his own party and all this opposition has made them realize that they can't get away with murder. Republicans have led the way to the truth of Obomination and Democrats are realizing the damage brought on by his socialistic policies. I don't care at this point about Bush. This is government, I had problems with Bush during his term but nothing as radical as Obama's. How many people stormed the streets under Bush or any other president?
    Gun totin civilians? You are referring to Arizona where people have the right to bear arms. The only violence that has occurred during any of those town meetings was by the left wing community organizations.
    Some people never do get it.
  • shrimpster kevjon 2009/09/29 19:40:05
    shrimpster
    There is nothing they are trying to get away with. Democrats have been pushing universal health care for decades. They have the majority in the house and senate and are trying to pass legislation through lawful means. They have met resistance and the bill may not pass. Sounds like democracy to me. Not a dictatorship.

    Obama's government is not radical. Just that we have a very strong Democratic force in the white house and congress and that is all thanks to the Republicans and Bush. So if you are mad about a Democratically controlled Congress and Executive, then blame the republicans. You're sounding like a whiny liberal always blaming others. be a conservative and suck it up!
  • kevjon shrimpster 2009/09/29 20:30:27
    kevjon
    Does it matter what brought a man to commit murder? The bottom line is he committed the crime. To say that it is the Republicans that put the democrats in office to justify their crap is ignorant. How can it be called democratically run congress when you have the majority? Have you ever heard of a checks and balances system? Lastly if the liberals have been fighting for socialized medicine for decades and have failed wouldn't that be a clue that the people didn't want it then and don't want it now?
  • shrimpster kevjon 2009/09/29 20:42:31
    shrimpster
    Murder? What are you talking about? Yes. The checks and balances are based on the executive, legislation and judicial branches, not the parties or ideologies that make up each branch. We can have a 1 party system and it would still be legal.

    The republicans screw up drove people to vote for the democrats. That simple. The majority of people who voted for the democrats wanted universal healthcare. It was one of the biggest platforms that Obama was campaigning on. This should not be a shock.

    So again, I see no evidence of a dictatorship which means control in one man's hand. Even with a majority of his democrats in congress he is having a hard time to pass stuff. Looks like democracy is working and there is a very vocal opposition that is not be suppressed.
  • kevjon shrimpster 2009/09/29 21:25:38
    kevjon
    Healthcare is the first thing that those idiots took time to read the rest were passed without resistance or knowledge of its content. I suppose everyone is making all this up. Must be the delusional drugs in the water.

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