I'm just middle of the road, like everyone else who has posted in this thread.
I considered myself liberal until I watched the movie Easy A. That family was so liberal it made me ashamed of being liberal.
Just on outward manifestations alone, I think the big consversative/liberal divide is that there is a strong term identity relationship inherent in liberalism that doesn't really exist in conservatives. Liberals want you to know they are liberal. They want you to know they are trendy. They want you to think they really do care about cars running on poop, female polar bears' reproductive health, the water level off the coast of Guam, and every other "problem" in the world that nobody cares about because they aren't as cool as them. And then when you laugh at them, they go into the bag of defensive terminology and pull out racist, bigot, or homophobe even though you were talking about the water level off the coast of Guam. **** gets old.
You guys are all describing art major, pot smoking, hipsters now!
Wait we didn't evolve from apes?
Oh yeah, I don't think white people are racist, but the system (voting districts, marijuana possession arrest tactics) are favorably (or unfavorably) skewed towards certain races. Anyone can argue that affirmative actions are unfair as well.
I don't get how anyone thinks communism is awesome. It's a terribly repressive government system and usually leads to the death or ignorance of millions of people (ex. North Korea). The only thing China does right is the swift execution of some white-collared crimes. If the U.S. had that, we wouldn't have the economy crashing into a ****hole.
The racism argument is a bit long, and I don't feel like getting into. But as far as communism is concerned, the argument is that the Soviets and other communist were a corruption of TRUE communism. Marx vision of communism was anarchist and without any central government. It is about self-sufficiency and living a simple life. I personally find that horrifying.
Overall, I like/identify with the conservative values much better than liberal values .. but I stand on my own belief system rather than subscribe to an entire platform. It seems anything else would be assinine.
Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.