Liberal is defined as "one who is open-minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional, or established forms or ways." (Webster's dictionary) A conservative is defined as "one who adheres to traditional methods or views." (Webster's dictionary) The definition of these words have changed throughout history. A liberal in older days was not what one would be today; they were considered a person whom sought to use change, while a conservative is one who opposed change. The differences between a liberal and a conservative is a wide gap that focuses upon the fundamental beliefs of those within each group.
Pure liberals are people who show themselves as liberal on both economic policy and personal conduct. This means "that they want the government to reduce economic inequality, regulate business, tax the rich heavily, cure the (presumably) economic causes of crime, allow abortions, protect the rights of the accused, and guarantee the broadest possible freedoms of speech and press." (Wilson, 121) In contrast to, a pure conservative who show conservative views on both economic and conduct issues. This means that "They want the government to cut back on welfare state, allow the market to allocate goods and services, keep taxes low, lock up criminals, and curb forms of conduct they regard as antisocial." (Wilson, 121) I believe according to Wilson's definitions on both terms, I am a pure conservative.
I believe that I pay too much tax. Before I took an economics' course I did not know where my money went every month. I realized that all the money I paid to the government was benefiting others and not me. The government spends too much money on social security programs. The social security program does not benefit me in any way. People always say that when you get old, social security will benefit me. Yes it will; however why would I want to live with an expectation of drawing meager benefits when I could use the money that I pay for social security to invest in a mutual fund or something like that where when I hit the age of retirement I would not have to worry about money.
Another reason why I believe that I am a pure conservative is that I believe in a strong national defense. The government should spend more money on national defense rather then on welfare programs. People can work for themselves and do not need the support of the government to support themselves. If they are able to walk and talk, I believe they are able to work and make enough money to support themselves. If they cannot find a job where they are not able to support a family, then they should not get married and have babies. These people bring that stress upon themselves. Why should the government help if they make the mistakes? I am a member of the United States Army and served on active duty for three years and now still in the reserves. During my service I made an oath to...