Allow me to begin this post with a few basic definitions:
• “favorable to progress or reform, as in political…affairs.”
• “of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.”
• “favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.”
• “disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.”
While there are, likely, many scenarios that could be formulated for this post, I will, for now, restrain myself to one example, which is Social Security and Medicare:
Many of us would argue that Social Security and Medicare are New Deal and ‘Great Society’ dinosaurs, and seriously need to be reformed, if not abolished. Now, for those of us who take that view, wouldn’t that, for all intents and purposes, make us liberals, as we are “favorable to progress or reform”? And, conversely, those who are “disposed to preserve existing conditions,” conservatives?