When candidates for public offices simply run on the basis of labels and no structured position, and the voters buy into that posturing then we have lazy politicians and lazy voters. What does it mean to say "I am a conservative and the other guy is liberal"? Is that enough to run on and get elected? In Webster's dictionary neither definition is negative. There are positives to both philosophies. But when I vote I want to know what a candidate wants to accomplish succinctly and truthfully, not simplistic ideological labels. A conservative Republican is no better than a liberal Democrat, but it is the prgamatism of the elected official that counts: how will he or she govern? Will there be honest and ethical concerns for the constituents? The voters need to hold politicians accountable for doing the proper job for the good of our society.