Someone responded to your concern about where the liberals have gone – They commented with a definition of conservatism. Here it is:
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con·ser·va·tism (k?n-sûr’v?-t?z’?m) Pronunciation Key
1. The inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order.
2. A political philosophy or attitude emphasizing respect for traditional institutions, distrust of government activism, and opposition to sudden change in the established order.
3. Conservatism The principles and policies of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or of the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada.
4. Caution or moderation, as in behavior or outlook.
I felt you should have a contrasting definition as well.”
I wish the conservatives would have used more caution and moderation in attacking Iraq and raising the national debt. The other problem with modern conservative is that they want to return to the ‘good ode days, back to Ozzie and Harriet, back like it was in the 1950’s.’ They want to go back to the days when domestic violence was considered a personal matter between man and wife – or the parents right to beat their children.
I agree with the definition of conservative as presented, and I would like to think I am not far from it – but do not confuse that definition with Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition, or George W. Bush.
The point here is that thinking conservatives and thinking liberals are not very far apart. It is just the radical right and left that distorts their causes.