The essential difference between liberals and conservatives is that Liberals can not exist without conservatives to defend their freedom and support them economically. Conservatives on the other hand can exist quite well without progressives.
Where do you stand?
Conservatives believe that we should be kind and generous to the poor and needy and are more than willing to write a check and give what they have to people in need. Progressives also believe we should be kind and generous to the poor and needy but instead of opening their wallet, they take other people’s money and then claim credit for their compassion.
Conservatives believe that, just as you receive a booklet from the manufacturer with most new purchases telling you how the thing works, God has given us a Manual to tell us how life works and how it is supposed to work. Progressives, by nature, hate anything that is associated with God and believe that human knowledge is progressing such that we can figure all this out on our own.
Conservatives believe there are rules in life given to us by God and reflected in many of our traditions. Progressives believe you can pretty much make your own rules apart from the cardinal rule of letting others do what they want in the name of tolerance; and that life should be fair and equal for everyone, regardless of their ability or desire to work for it.
Conservatives believe that children are a blessing, a most prized gift from God, a privilege, and lives, and that abortion is murder. Progressives, on the other hand, believe that children are only one of many options, disposable and often a hindrance to women voters.
Conservatives believe that individuals, through their faith and knowledge of God, hard work, and community, can and should provide for the general welfare of our society. Progressives believe that government can and should solve every problem even if it means new taxes, more bureaucrats, a new government program and appropriate agencies to accomplish it.
Conservatives believe sex is sacred, a gift from God. Progressives believe sex is just a form of recreation, like a massage or a tennis match, or a bodily function like eating, sleeping, or eliminating.
Conservatives believe that you can’t do everything you want in life, no matter how good or noble the cause. You have to make choices, set priorities, and do what you can. Progressives believe that everything good can and should be done regardless of the cost, and the government should do it because they can do it better.
Conservatives believe that life has risks, and people are generally capable of assessing risks and making good choices. Progressives believe that the government has a responsibility to protect everyone from themselves, at any cost. You can read the rest of the article at Larry Craig, Western Center for Journalism
There are other major differences as well:
Conservatives are generally patriots whose heart swells with pride at the sight of an American flag or the sound of our anthem. Progressives see the flag and the anthem as symbols of oppression, racism, and bigotry.
We believe in the right to defend ourselves and our families while progressives believe no one has a right to protect themselves or their families unless they are wealthy and can afford to hire armed guards. Conservatives who don’t like guns, just don’t buy them. Progressives not only want guns confiscated, but the manufacturer put out of business and honest hardworking Americans that believe in the Constitution jailed as terrorists.
Conservatives sees a foreign threat and determine how to defeat it. Progressives see an enemy and wonder how to appease them. When times are tough Conservatives think about how they can better their lives. Progressives demand that someone else, generally government, take care of them with taxpayer funds. When we don’t like a television or radio talk show, we either turn the channel or cut it off. Progressives however demand that the show be removed from the air, especially if it is conservative in nature.
When a conservative feel that a law is unjust or unconstitutional, they don’t riot and burn, they think long and hard about how to legally change the law. Progressives see a law as a mere suggestion to be ignored, or altered to fit their agenda. They much prefer to let judges legislate from the bench.
We believe in right and wrong while progressives believe that nothing is really wrong if it feels good or, conservatives believe it is wrong. We believe in freedom, responsibility, tradition and self-reliance. Progressives believe in licenses, government restrictions, regulations, rules, upending tradition and the destruction of family. We believe in freedom, responsibility, tradition, and self-reliance. Progressives believe in license, government restrictions, upending tradition, and collectives.
Conservatives believe people should be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character and merits of their actions. Progressives believe it okay to discriminate as long as it benefits their agenda.
Conservatives support constitutional limited government. Progressives have never met a spending program they didn’t like.