Conservatives believe in smaller government, more personal responsibility, an individual’s right to self-determination, and the inviolability of private property.
Liberals believe in bigger government, government assuming responsibility for the welfare of the people, and the “equitable” redistribution of private property (e.g., higher taxes, social welfare programs, land use regulations).
Conservatives see Americans as strong enough, resourceful enough, and intelligent enough to forge their own destinies, viewing hardships as challenges and taking pride in overcoming them.
Liberals see Americans as hapless children who can’t be expected to take responsibility for their own welfare, or that of their families, who must be provided for and sheltered from hardship and privation.
Conservatives believe Americans are generous enough to give a hand up to those who are truly in need, of their own volition, out of a spirit of genuine altruism.
Liberals believe Americans are greedy and uncaring, and that the government must extract money from those who have it to bestow upon those who need to be preserved from hardship and the struggle for existence.
Conservatives believe the fundamental role of the government is to protect the citizens from each other, from external enemies, and from abuse of power by the government itself.
Liberals believe it’s the role of government to protect the people from themselves, and from their own bad judgement.
Conservatives believe each individual is responsible enough to make their own choices and live their own lives with minimal government intervention.
Liberals believe Daddy knows best.