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Maegan Carberry is right, being a Liberal doesn’t make someone a Socialist. And being a Conservative doesn’t make someone a racist. But that should go without saying, but the question is why being a Liberal or Conservative, doesn’t make those people Socialists or Racists. Is because both liberalism and conservatism are based on individual liberty and limited government. Liberals and Conservatives both believe, going from Jack Kennedy to Ron Reagan, that people should be judge as individuals, not members of groups.
Liberalism is not socialism or communism. And conservatism is not neoconservatism, a theocratic and military authoritarian ideology. Liberalism and conservatism are both anti-statism. Not anti-state, but that the state needs to be limited to doing the things that the only the state can do. Which doesn’t include managing the lives of the people.