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Liberalism vs. Conservatism
Let's do a side by side comparison of Liberalism and Conservatism and see which one most of us fit in as individuals and then a nation... (I can tell you that America as a nation falls under "Liberalism")
Conservatism (Latin: conservare, "to preserve") is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were." The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following theFrench Revolution. The term has since been used to describe a wide range of views.
Political science often credits British politician Edmund Burke with many of the ideas now called conservative. According to Hailsham, a former chairman of the British Conservative Party, "Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude, a constant force, performing a timeless function in the development of a free society, and corresponding to a deep and permanent requirement of human nature itself."
Sarah Palin & The Tea Party...
Robert Eccleshall states, "It is the persistent image of society as a command structure in which the responsibilities of leadership can be exercised within the framework of a strong state manifested in divine-right royalism ... that distinguishes English conservatism from rival ideologies."
So, based on this sentence alone, I would consider myself an American and a Liberal...Conservatism represents fascist/communist tendencies that are antithetical to the American ideal of liberty and freedom. Something else of interest are the droves of young men/women in America who call themselves "Conservatives" but in reality are not. How many times have you looked at a person/friends profile on facebook and seen them say "Conservative" for their political views and then they have pictures of lewd activity, drinking, fornication, and "liberal" dress? The hypocrisy in the "Conservatives" is just as bright as the yellow flags of the Tea Party.