actually most liberals will tell you that there arguments are often full of emotion because they are the party of the people and the party of emotion. There's nothing wrong with it, god forbid we were a far right leaning nation.. balance is key, there's nothing wrong with being a liberal.. there's just something wrong with being a liberal and thinking you are right on abortion.
Like I said, I am mostly a liberal in terms of issues, but I think that they can be argued with logic and reason. And I agree, emotion is a good thing to have some, its just not the way I am so I don't try to argue that way.
Some issues I would be considered conservative are abortian and affirmative action.
In my ideal world, the things that I would like to have changed about my little world would be accomplished through more progressive liberal or moderately social parties. I would then become a conservative to maintain these changes.
After all, once you've accomplished necessary changes there's no point in changing for the sake of change, so constantly being liberal or socialist would be a bit ridiculous. Similarly, it is quite clear that there must be things to be changed because we don't live in an ideal society, so it's not the best choice to stick with a staunch conservative party that simply wants to keep the status quo in order.
Of course, the parties that exist in this world are never only Socialist, Liberal or Conservative and so you get screwed from time to time and don't get what you vote for.
<< with a staunch conservative party that simply wants to keep the status quo in order.
might also take a sec and follow that link to conservatism. >>
I have. Perhaps you should read it A staunch Conservative would say that we've been living this way for a long time and that we don't need to go meddling around and ruining what has taken quite a while to achieve. Of course, Conservatives would undue changes made by Liberals or Socialists if they deemed them to be risky and baseless.
The whole point of Conservatism is that you change as little as possible because what already exists is good. Any changes made by Conservatives are usually subtle and not drastic. The status quo is pretty much kept in order.
Conservatives by no stretch of the imagination are interested in maintaining the status quo. Conservatives by nature are interested in reverting to more traditional values, most of which are long gone.
The conservative philosophy is far more in depth than your simple definition because it is subject to a variety of things like present day circumstances, wars, conflicts, domestic issues, etc.
But to be conservative is to prefer traditional, if you are looking for a happy meal definition. Newer, young conservatives are taking 'conservative' approaches to present day issues hoping for tradional approaches to new age problems.
Generally conservative, with a definite commensense moderate approach, which I often call nethier dem or rep, but american. Neither party has all the answers, and both parties are rampet with rancid extreamests, whos vile rhetoric tends to alienates the the general public.