I’ve been wondering about the catch-all terms for left- and right-wing politics used in the USA (well, and in the UK, partly).
Are “conservatives” really happy with that label? And how has “liberal” come to be an insult, of sorts?
Think about the words’ meanings, divorced for a moment from their political affiliation. “Conservative”, to my ear, means “staid, boring, unexciting, unwilling to experiment”. “Liberal”, by contrast, means, depending on context, “generous” (e.g. “a liberal coating of sugar”) or “freedom-loving”.
So why are conservatives proud to call themselves such, while “liberal” is generally used by conservatives as a derogatory term, rather than being used proudly by left-wingers themselves? (Or so it seems to me.)
I’m not sure if this is more suited to IMHO or GD… if things get heated then feel free to yank it over, Mods.