Aaron Montz wrote a blog post about something that has bothered me for a while. He asks the question: What is the difference between a “liberal” and a “conservative?”
I learned in a biblical theology class that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” refer to one’s interpretation of the bible. Those terms are the same when it comes to politics only they refer to one’s interpretation of the constitution.
This is why those terms today have so little actual meaning. A conservative would be someone who holds very tightly to the actual words of the constitution and a liberal would be someone who affords powers to the government not given in the constitution.
This being said, our current culture doesn’t allow us to be super-conservative (though Ron Paul’s entire campaign was about returning to a constitutional government).
In all actuality, nearly all government officials are liberal.
For example, it is “liberal” to suggest that the government can legislate whether or not homosexuals can be married. It is “liberal” to take up taxes to provide food for the poor. It is “liberal” for the government to regulate pretty much anything. It is “conservative” for the government to keep there hands out of as much as possible.
This being said, i think that many of today’s usage of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” are only used for name calling.
Sadly enough. I’ve had so so so many conversations where the words conservative and liberal end the discussion. I’ve really enjoyed bringing up the idea that, in actuality, all politicians today are “liberal” and continuing on from there.
People don’t know how to continue on once there “bubble” has been shattered.