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Progressive versus Conservative

Progressive versus Conservative.  Us versus them.  A battle waged in the media every day.

But how many people actually know what these words mean?  People certainly have strong stereotypes that come to mind.

Here's some dictionary definitions to help out.

Progressive: "Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods."
Liberal: "Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded."

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have:

Conservative: "Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change."
Conservative: "Strongly favoring retention of the existing order."

So basically, Progressive = Change, and Conservative = Don't Change.

This is why the "Progressive Conservative" party name never made any sense.  Somebody just stuck two words with completely opposite meanings together.

Meanwhile, there are some (mostly ta…