My contention right now is that in this country people have a fundamental difference in how they define that word.
And the difference defines the difference between liberal social views, and conservative social views.
I say that because I know people who label themselves socially on the liberal side - claiming that it's different than the conservative side...because they say they care about the poor.
They think 'we' should give aid to poor people. They believe 'we' should have a greater focus on education. They think 'we' should take care of the environment.
The thing is, I know people on both sides, so I KNOW that conservatives actually want all those things too. You understand, BOTH sides are saying they want the same thing.
Conservatives think 'we' should give aid to poor people. They believe 'we' should have a greater focus on education. They think 'we' should take care of the environment.
(Yes, they do - and if you don't believe me, it's because you're not a conservative and you're listening to the liberal media and leftist pundits putting a spin on conservative viewpoints.)
So I look back and forth at both sides. They both want the same things.
Why is there a difference?
Here's what I think it is:
The difference is in who 'WE' is.
To the liberal, 'WE' is the government.
To the conservative, 'WE' is you and me... 'WE' is the individual.
The liberal suffers from a lack of trust in the individual.
The conservative suffers from a lack of trust in the government.
And this is the fundamental difference I see in liberal vs. conservative on social views.