In thread after thread it seems that eventually somebody will throw out 'conservative' or 'liberal and/or progressive' as perjorative terms. The mud slinging that generally follows when that happens will invariably provide an incorrect definition of each. Perhaps we can consider and discuss typical definitions from this that I received in my e-mail earlier. Would you agree or disagree with one or more or all of these statements? TO WIT: American Liberals are more tolerant of and prefer more government control to regulate the activities and choices of the people. American Conservatives are less tolerant of and prefer as little government control as reasonable to regulate the activities and choices of the people. American Liberals seek more equal distribution of wealth. American Conservatives seek more merit distribution of wealth. American Liberals seek less dependence by the needy on private charity. American Conservatives seek less dependence by the needy on government charity. American Liberals look more to the Federal government to address social concerns of the citizens. American Conservatives more to local government and individuals to address social concerns of the citizens American Liberals believe in tax the rich to distribute to the poor. American Conservatives believe in all citizens bearing an equal proportionate share of the burden. American Liberals see themselves more as citizens of the world. American Conservatives see themselves more as citizens of America. American Liberals rarely define what they think in specific terms. American Conservatives regularly specify what Conservatives think in specific terms. American Liberals generally see it as the duty of the Federal government to establish the social contract for all. American Conservatives generally want the Federal government to protect and defend the rights of the people and otherwise leave it up to the people to govern themselves and establish the society they wish to have. Okay that's it for the email. Others may come up with additional comparisons, but please, can we keep the trollisms and food fights to a mininum? We don't have to agree with each other's point of view, but we don't have to denigrate each other in order to say that.