Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on July 16, 2004 05:08 AM
From one entry found at dictionary.com:
n. One who favors greater freedom in political
or religious matters; an opponent of the
established systems; a reformer
compare to (from same source):
adj. Favoring traditional views and values;
tending to oppose change.
Therefore, if you think there's something wrong, and you want to fix it, you are, by definition, a liberal. If you tend to want to make anything better, you are a liberal.
If you don't want to fix anything, regardless of whether you think there's anything wrong, you are, by definition, a conservative. Although, personally, if you _do_ think there's something wrong, and you _don't_ want to fix it, I think you're also nuts.
To boil it down to really simple terms: liberals give; conservatives keep.
Note that either of these things is reasonable and admirable in its own time and place. Right here, right now, I think there's something wrong, and I, for one, feel pretty liberal about it.