What does it all mean? Thus far, I've defined my conservatism, and described my perspective on the so-called "issues." Many, many people get tied up in their beliefs and opinions, and castigate others for disagreeing with them. I don't. Who I am and what I think are linked, but they are not one in the same. I have reservations about so many things, but not about you. — Wilco We are all individuals, with varying perspectives, but I think we're also all trying to do some of the same things: get along with each other, take care of our families, have some fun, and do a little good in the world along the way. How we achieve these goals may vary, but the goals remain the same. Conservatism, like liberalism and centrism, is a filter. That filter colors the way I see the world. It shades philosophy, religion, politics, media, comedy and tragedy. But not people. When it comes to people, all of those high-flown philosophical discussions are moot. I refuse to dislike someone because we don't see eye-to-eye on something that is theoretical. If I don't like someone, it's not because they think the U.S. needs to bomb Iran; it's because they're a jerk. If I like someone, it's not because they support the abolition of the death penalty; it's because they have a sense of humor and great fashion sense. I'm a conservative, but I don't bite.