Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The former principle is stressed in classical liberalism while the latter is more evident in social liberalism. (wiki link) So why does Liberalism have a bad rap among Conservatives? What's wrong with the definition? Conservatism (or conservatism) is any political philosophy that favors tradition (in the sense of various religious, cultural, or nationally-defined beliefs and customs) in the face of external forces for change, and is critical of proposals for radical social change. (wiki link) I'll critique conservatism in that the problem with "traditional values" is that they often embody prejudice, and advantages that have been traditionally held by specific groups of citizens by virtue of showing up and getting established first and/or based on an unequal playing field created by those with the advantage. In a changing landscape the group that used to have the advantage will take steps contrary to democracy to prevent themselves from being displaced. Thoughts? I've gotta run, will add more later.