The difference between conservatives and liberals
Put simply, conservatives are a controlling elite that want to keep power in the hands of those few people, whereas liberals want to give the power to the people. The best example that I can give is that King George of England was a conservative, but those who opposed him, the rebels, my family, were liberals. My family would have said, "Join, or Die". In France, it was "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity".
The Revolutionary War in America was a war between the liberals of the United States and the conservatives of England. In fact, any time you see people fighting for equality and liberty, you are seeing liberals. The oppressors are the conservatives.
The reason that this became confused in the 20th Century had to do with the Communists and the National Socialists. The Communists and the National Socialists fought to take power away from the controlling elite and give it back to the people. Unfortunately, these efforts failed terribly. Communism, Socialism, Fascism and Nazism, although they may have started out as liberal ideals, quickly evolved into the very worst of dictatorships, which is about as conservative as you can imagine.
So, if you are wondering what happened to the ideals of liberalism in the 20th Century, you can see that they have failed. As of this writing some of the worst dictatorships still continue under the guise of "Communism", which, in its actually meaning is supposed to be government by the community. Dictators like Adolph Hitler, Stalin, and Fidel Castro turned it upside-down.
Posted by Brad Hall