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Because 'conservative' and liberal' have no fixed content in politics. Conservative politicians in for instance Scandinavia and The Netherlands would mostly be considered liberal, if not 'socialist' in the eyes of US politicians. And what with the whole political spectrum in the USA being much more to the right than that of many other Western countries, many US conservative politicians would find it hard if not impossible to find a local 'conservative' Party where they would feel at home - and US liberals would be considered to hold slightly right-wing conservative political views in those countries.

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The reason is because it is an idea and ideas change as society changes. The political conservative of today is more right wing than it use to be. Reagan, today, would be considered a liberal compared to the conservative of today. So, as political philosophy changes so does the definition.

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