[Liberalism] is based on the belief that man is so weak and inadequate that he is unable to govern himself, and therefore requires the rule of strong masters.
[Conservatism] is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and fairness.
[Liberalism] subjects the individual to the arrest without lawful cause, punishment without trial, and forced labor as the chattel of the state. It decrees what information he shall receive, what art he shall produce, what leaders he shall follow, and what thoughts he shall think.
[Conservatism] maintains that government is established for the benefit of the individual, and is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights of the individual and his freedom in the exercise of those abilities….
– Harry S. Truman in his 1949 inaugural address (Truman, p. 730)
Of course, the original text compares Communism to Democracy, but I felt that the slight word play fits our present political climate.