Saturday, November 13, 2004
There have been more and more articles and advertisements using the terms conservative and liberal appear lately than in the previous several years.
Conservative means to use or preserve established ways of doing things or established traditions or institutions. Also a conservative is concerned with saving natural resources. Liberal means belonging to the people, of being generous; it implies tolerance of others' views as well as open-mindedness to ideas that challenge tradition, established institutions, etc. It also refers to getting a liberal education, providing the student with a broad cultural background in such courses as literature, philosophy, languages, history and usually survey courses of the sciences as distinguished from professional or technical subjects.
When either term is used to describe a person or a political party, it should not be done in a derogatory manner. Let's accept the labels for what they are and nothing more.