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    Liberals think in terms of issues. If a Republican president proposes to fight climate change, the liberal is on board and will support the president. If a Democrat president proposes tax cuts for the rich, the liberal will oppose the Democrat president. By thinking in terms of issues, the liberal downplays the value of loyalty.

    On the other hand, conservatives think in terms of philosophy. What is most important to them is to defend the conservative ideology itself. The Affordable Care Act is based on Republican think tank proposals and modeled after Romneycare, but Republicans can't support it because they fear that its success would damage the conservative cause. This type of thinking makes conservatives place a high value on loyalty.

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