Conservative vs Liberal: You Decide...
Conservatives believe in individual freedom and responsibility.
Liberals believe in sacrificing individual freedom for socially desirable outcomes. Liberals believe that one of government's primary roles is social engineering.
Conservatives believe in limited government.
Liberals believe in intrusive government when required to achieve societal needs. (Exception: social-issues conservatives advocate government intrusion on matters of abortion, drugs and pornography.)
Conservatives believe in free markets.
Liberals believe in government controls and central planning.
Conservatives believe that some problems have no solution, that they can only be mitigated at best.
Liberals believe that most every problem has a government solution.
Conservatives are concerned about the production of wealth.
Liberals are concerned about the redistribution of it.
Conservatives believe in equality of opportunity.
Liberals believe in equality of outcome.
Conservatives believe that human nature is what makes us imperfect.
Liberals believe that human nature can be changed and perfected.
Conservatives are nationalists.
Liberals hope for world government.
Conservatives believe in peace through strength.
Liberals believe in peace through cooperation and goodwill.
Mike Rosen, Rocky Mountain News (March 31, 2000)