We apply labels to ourselves and others apply labels to us as well. I label myself a conservative and I am a Catholic. I am also a gymrat and a runner. However, I am not always those things 100% all the time. There are attributes of all those that I am and others I question.
Some of my extended family is Conservative and some are Liberal. My Aunt once said to me, "I'm a Democrat because my daddy was a Democrat." I respectfully said to her that the Democrats of Grandpa's time are not the Democrats of today.
One of my liberal cousins posted the following to her FB page:
When John F. Kennedy accepted the New York Liberal Party's endorsement of his Presidential Candidacy on September 20, 1960, he said the following:
What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
John F. Kennedy
As a conservative I believe in those ideals too. Why is it that Liberals think we don't care about the welfare of the people? I think we just feel that the solutions should be more centered on empowering those people rather than enabling them. What do you think about the differences? Are our beliefs really that different? Am I way off? Please be considerate in your responses.