CONSERVATIVES believe in the potential of the individual, freedom with personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, JudeoChristian values. Also that the US Constitution embodies this thought and it is the law of the land. Deviation from this outside of the processes provided for change is tyranny. That individuals should have the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals with minimal interference. That the individual or their local county, or even states gov. is superior at solving problems to a federal gov.
LIBERALS – believe individuals are more like cattle and need government as their shepard, that the government is required to participate in the economy to provide financial equality. That it is government's duty to alleviate social ills including historical inustice They want government to guarantee that no one is in need and allow the individual the freedom to behave without consequences as they are not responsible for all of their own behavior, afterall, they are cattle.
So whom is correct? All one has to do is study history. Hint: Socialism always leads to despair and often genocide. Conservatism leads to prosperity and liberty without exception, that is only until people forget where their freedom and prosperity came from and start to beleive the idealistic lies that government will solve all their problems.