Why label people liberal or conservative? What's to be gained? Why not just evaluate someone's views on each issue separately? It makes me think that people that use these labels are too stupid or lazy to debate each issue separately. Why do people identify themselves as liberal or conservative? It makes me think they can't come up with their own views on different issues, so they have to go along with whatever a group thinks. It seems like it's good to be both liberal and conservative. Times change, so it seems like a good idea to consider new ideas. And it doesn't seem to hurt to question your current opinions. So being liberal in this way seems good. Conversely, traditional views and values got us to where we are now, so if you like the way things are, then it seems like a good idea to give some weight to them and require good reasons to change them. Liberal: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded. Conservative: Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.