Friday, December 17, 2004

Which would you rather be?

lib-er-al adj.
1 Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
2 Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.


con·ser·va·tive
adj.
Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

the bogots won.They voted for bush a second time. if you are a liberal...you got to find a better way to get yout message across.

Anonymous said...

wrong...conservatives don't oppose change. Conservatives opposes a certain kind of change.

Toad734 said...

Hey I was just quoting the dictionary. Whats a bogot?

Alex said...

Hey, I'm a democrat, but none of this pussy welfare bullshit.

no problems with conservative democrats.

Audrey said...

Well, I would say conservative....hee, hee, then I would be Toad. Just kidding. The choice is obvious, and it's a nice presentation of what it means to be liberal.

Synonyms: advanced, avant-garde,broad-minded, enlightened, flexible, free, not strict, permissive, rational, reasonable, receptive, tolerant, unbiased, unbigoted, unconventional, understanding, unorthodox, unprejudiced

On the other hand, we have conservative....not necessarily a negative concept. Traditionalism can be a good thing and is a good thing, but not when it comes to policy or anything directly involving my family or would exert any influence on my ability or inability to do, say, or express something. It's okay when you're talking about Christmas, grandma's moonshine recipe, or something personal.....

Synonyms: common, conventional, illiberal, materialistic, middle-class, old-line, traditional

Toad734 said...

Ya ya, this again is not my interpretation of the words, its’s what it says in the dictionary. I think both of these words get stigmatized a bit, when in reality they aren't all that terrible. The only problem is, no one has a name for what I call myself, and what a lot of people in this country are; centrists. I am liberal on social issues but conservative on things like crime and punishment but neither on wealth distribution and taxes.
Typically when I am talking to conservatives I sound liberal and when I am talking to liberals I sound like a conservative. And its in that area where there is room for a third political party. You can take a guy like McCain and a guy like Gephardt and other than abortion, how different are they? Clearly theres your guys like Kerry and Bush that are party hardliners but Lieberman and Dean probably have more differences between them than Gephardt and McCain, but remain in the same political party. I got off on a tangent but the two pary system blows!

spamismeat said...

Nice to see the definitions.
I myself would much rather be a liberal.

trick said...

Individual \In`di*vid"u*al\, n.

- A person who is not committed to any one political party.

- not controlled by a party or interest group

- not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else

- When a person or thing is not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself.

- free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"; "an independent republic"

trick said...

umm, err...that was supposed to be

Independent \In`de*pend"ent
Oops. But now that I think about it, I'm going to start a new political party called "Individual" and none of you will be allowed to join, especially Toad.

Toad734 said...

Well, with gramatical mistakes such as that, you and Dan Quayle may just be chilling all by your lonesome.

trick said...

Danny and I are getting together this weekend to roast a fatty and play with our dictionaries.

Toad734 said...

If he shows you his will you show him yours?

TBQelite said...

When you say you are quoting the dictionary you need to mention which dictionary you are quoting. Not all dictionaries have the same definitions.

Neemund said...

Using those two definitions, both apply to me equally. However, most of the people I know who would consider themselves to be 'liberal' are neither broad-minded nor tolerant of other people's ideas if they conflict with their own.

Toad734 said...

And conservatives are? At least with liberals you have some gray area, most conservatives just turn to a page in the Bible and say "god said so, thats why, end of discussion." Liberals don't have such a book.

Neemund said...

Don't know anyone like that actually. If I did, I'd probably call them up whenever I got board and laugh at them. Anyone like that probably wouldn't be reading the Bible because it contains too many dirty, raunchy things throughout the book.