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    Tom Anderson, ScienceMom
    All you've said is that you think "Conservative" = solid American, and "Liberal" = wasteful spendthrift.
    My point was that those words have different meanings to different people.  I have never hid the fact that I consider myself a conservative (and I have been on this site for over six years) and I refuse to stop calling myself a conservative simply because Republicans and Tea partiers have hijacked the meaning.  Even by the diarist's definition, I lean conservative because I am skeptical and believe in looking before I leap.  I believe in slow, gradual changes in the correct direction towards helping my fellow citizens and investing wisely in the future.
     But if I were to say to you, "I am a conservative", what would you think?  You may think that I vote Republican, want to give millionaires tax breaks and regulate women's bodies.  How does any of that correspond to the word "conservative" in any etymology or dictionary definition?  It is important for you to understand what I think it means and it is important for me to understand what you think it means.  You may consider yourself a conservative by my definition and I may consider myself a liberal by yours.  Understanding and agreement on the meanings of words matter, not just words themselves.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:22:33 PM PDT

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