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Count The Number Of Times You Hear The Words "Liberal" And "Conservative."

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Count the number of times you hear the words "liberal" and "conservative." From the sound of the political advertisements, the perception seems to be that conservative is good and liberal is bad. Some candidates seem to judge the power of their campaign ads by how many times they can use the word conservative. First, what is a conservative? "n. 1 A person who is opposed to change, either by nature or on principle. 2 a member of a conservative political party. 3 a means of preserving; preservative. 4 a person who from prejudice or lack of foresight is opposed to true progress." This does not sound all good or all bad, does it?Second, what is a liberal? "n. a person favorable to progress and reforms." Does this sound like someone to demonize?In the election campaign a few years ago, an incumbent candidate hired a campaign firm that seemed to believe that all a person in South Dakota needed to do to be elected in this state is to label his opponent a "liberal." It did not work in that election. The incumbent was defeated.Thank goodness for conservatives. We need someone to explore the angles, weigh the pros and cons, and see if the new plan is worth the change. Important changes have to be explored and discussed before one jumps in and gets in over his head.For the same reason, thank goodness for liberals. Where would we be if someone had not pushed for progress and reforms? For starters, we would not be in America. No one would have had the guts to cross the ocean. The belief of the time was that somehow the earth fell off at the edge of the horizon.We certainly would not have automobiles, airplanes, computers, and cures from medical science. In fact, we would be afraid to use fire. Think of the consequences -- someone could be burned and its use could be abused. We would still have slavery and women could not vote or hold office. With each of these changes and developments, there were the detractors who feared the "evil" consequences of these new things or new ways. Sometimes we do something the same way for so long that we forget why we did it that way in the first place. Sometimes we do not even consider why we do it a particular way. We just assume our way is right and will not consider anything else.Maybe being a conservative is not all good and being a liberal is not all bad. What a change for the better if we tried to see the other person's point of view. Conservatives want to conserve freedom and the respect for individual life that has taken millennia to cultivate. Conservatives CAN be open to change as long as this change helps to preserve this respect for life. Anymore, it seems that the liberals are the ones with all of the "old" ideas - hackneyed clinches about wealth distribution or racism, whatnot. It is the conservatives who embrace change a change toward a better world in which freedom's progress continues unabated and the great experiment of our founders continues its march toward utopia and the ultimate conservation of what it is...

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