What does it mean to be liberal or conservative?
Liberals “believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.”
Conservatives “believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.”
Liberals, or the “left,” want “freedom of choice in our private lives (sex, religion, values, etc.) but state control of our economic lives.”
Conservatives, or the “right”, want state control in our private lives (sex, religion, values, etc.) but freedom of choice in our economic lives.”
Conservatives typically advocate less government intervention in any part of our economic lives, believing the individual knows what is best for them. Conservatives often petition the government to pass laws enforcing morals, such as religious, family and sexual morals. An example of a conservative act would be the Title X Abortion Provider Act, which would prohibit HHS from providing federal family planning assistance to any clinic performing abortions. How, then, do these definitions compare to the actual meanings of the words liberal and conservative?