I won't go into how this started, but I feel that the terms liberal, conservative, republican and  democrat all need to be defined.  After looking up conservative, I realized that this is not as easy as it appears, and that may account for disagreement.  If we don't agree on what the terms mean, we can't really discuss them at all.

First, let me say that the terms liberal and democrat do not mean the same thing, and neither do republican and conservative.

Let me start with conservative, since I consider myself to be a conservative with a libertarian bent.  I guess I should eventually define libertarian too.

The Wikipedia definition of conservative is "Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion."  

According to the link below,  "conservative adheres to principles of personal responsibility, moral values, and limited government, agreeing with George Washington's Farewell Address that "religion and morality are indispensable supports" to political prosperity.[1][2]

Former President Ronald Reagan said, "The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom."[3]"

However, the conservative viewpoint is often based on radical beliefs and actions, so it doesn't strictly conform to the idea of always being cautious about change and innovation.  After all, the conservative often holds to the Christian faith which turned the world upside down.  He also supports our founding fathers who definitely fought against maintaining the status quo.  Also, it is the pro-life conservative who will take a stand at abortion clinics even though abortion is legal in America.

Jonah Godberg addresses this in his post about conservatism.  According to him, it is not easy to define:

I would say that in America, a conservative believes in liberty rather than equality.  As relates to money, most conservatives would want lower taxes with the right of the person who earned the money to decide how to use it.  This would result in some people who cannot or do not earn money being poorer than the person who works to earn his money.

This is only scratching the surface of the subject of conservatism, but it is a start.


I spent the entire week cleaning the kitchen--taking my cue from my daughter-in-love Kris, I worked on throwing out or giving away the items we rarely or never use.  Now I have room for the stuff we do use.  It is so nice to have a clean kitchen.  I wonder how long it will stay that way?

I think the part I most enjoyed was throwing out the rusty pans and cookie sheets we do use and buying new ones!  It is much more fun to cook with shiny non-stick cookie sheets.


This is Holmes' parents' shortcake recipe--I think Mrs Bryan cut the dough into nice round cakes.  They are thin, crispy and rich!  Two sticks of butter and two cups of flour makes a nice batch.  Top with strawberries and cool whip or whipped cream.

Grandpa’s Shortcake

1 stick butter per cup of flour
3-6 teaspoons cold water

Mix flour and butter with fork, add water and continue mixing until a smooth dough.  Roll out on a floured board, cut out and bake for 15-18 minutes at 400ยบ.