Liberalism or Conservatism?
In the upcoming election, the line between left and right is more sharply drawn than ever. Many wish there was an easy way to test which political theory, conservatism or liberalism, works best in practice.
There isn't any indisputable, authoritative test. However, consider that, for all its flaws, the United States of America is probably the most conservative country in the world. We have some of the lowest taxes, most vocal social conservatives (in Europe, there are almost no pro-life activists), a very limited welfare state, and the strongest foreign policy.
In contrast, the countries of Western Europe (particularly Scandinavia), are examples of the quintessential liberal government. Socialized medicine is not debated-- the only question is which services should the government provide. High taxes, a limited defense policy, completed legal (and more importantly, completely accepted) abortion-- Western Europe is a liberals paradise.
Which country would you rather live in-- the United States, or, say, Sweden? Which country would you rather live in twenty years from now, if you had only the information available today? I believe the answer is obvious, and that is one of the best arguments for conservative principles-- if they didn't work, people wouldn't be fighting to dwell here.