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Liberal conservative and libertarian A liberal is someone who is not narrow in his or her opinions or judgments A conservative is someone who is disposed to maintain existing views conditions or institutions And finally a libertarian is someone who upholds the principles of unrestricted liberty Of the three liberalism is a better stance because it is better to have an open mind when forming opinions and making judgments especially in politics liberalism is a better stance to take than conservatism and libertarianism First and foremost the most important issue is freedom but also how to achieve a maximum amount of freedom Milton Friedman best describes keeping freedom by stating How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect275 Today the conservative view may be seen as a response to social and economic programs initiated by the liberals in the past thirty years Conservatives generally agree that the government has grown too become to large and bureaucratic too removed from the local control its intrusion into our lives is creating resentment trampling on our rights reducing personal responsibility and stifling the economic growth that will do more for the good of our citizens than any government programs can do 236 In short the smaller more local the government is the better A conservative might argue government is a necessary evil 226 Although it has become too large and has gained too much power we need the government through our tax dollars to improve roads give college loans help with federal disaster relief or give farm subsidies This is a country where people are free to pursue their own happiness The role of the government is to protect our rights and our freedoms Many conservatives focus on family breakdown and crime Individuals have a certain responsibility to being moral and if limits are required to enforce these moralities they are
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