I found, at a site that I’d never have expected to have such a discussion, the differences between liberals and conservatives. It was posted as a worksheet to help one determine where his or her natural leanings might be taking them. The site is at LPS.org (Lincoln Public Schools) and it generally gives a pretty even-handed picture, as I see it, of the two positions likely to be found in either a person of liberal leanings or a person of conservative leanings.
It begins with a general overview of both people of the liberal persuasion and of the conservative persuasion:
Generally, believe in governmental action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all, and that it is the duty of government to reduce community issues and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Also, believe the role of the government should be to solve people’s problems.
Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for government to solve people’s problems.
Liberals are often referred to as being on the LEFT when put into a political spectrum. Democrats are often viewed as more liberal.
Generally, believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Also, believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.
Conservative policies generally emphsize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
Conservatives are often referred to as being on the RIGHT when put into a political spectrum. Republicans are often viewed as more conservative.
Tomorrow we begin to look at the major issues identified as: the Death Penalty, the Economy, the Environment, Gun Control, Health care, Immigration, Religion, Same-sex Marriage, Taxes, Welfare, and the War on Terror/Terrorism.