On Liberals and Conservatives (Again)

“But why, Mr. Magundi?” Brielle asked. “Why won’t you tell us whether you’re a liberal or a conservative?”

“Because I’m both,” Mr. Magundi replied, “and I can’t see how anyone in this country can be one and not the other. The only tradition we have that’s worth conserving is the liberal tradition—the tradition of individual liberty and equality before the law. It’s true that there are people who call themselves liberals who don’t believe in that stuff, and there are people who call themselves conservatives who propose the most monstrous innovations; but I can only assume they don’t understand the meanings of the words. Any true conservative in America has got to be a liberal, with a whole-hearted love of the principles stated in our Declaration of Independence and given legal force in our Constitution; and any true liberal in our country has got to be a conservative, defending that tradition against all the innovators who would try to take it away from us.”

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