Dividing political beliefs into "conservative" and "liberal" reinforces a lot of assumptions. It's easy to compare modern conservatives to every force in the past that has ever tried to maintain social norms or deny another class its natural rights. Similarly, it's easy to think that modern liberals share all the same qualities as notable freethinkers who opposed tyrannical governments.
I personally want to change many things. I think I want more change in our government than many liberals. Am I, then, a conservative?