A medical professional told me recently that he is a “true conservative” and cannot change, after telling me that the president’s actions and language pose a big problem for him explaining what he says and does to his kids.
Obviously, questioning one's belief was not in the cards. I bit my tongue and did not respond much, in order to avoid an argument in a public area.
What I could have said was what do you mean by that? I, like most liberals, am a true conservative, too. I am for conserving a healthy environment where children can grow up on planet earth without fearing guns and pollutants all around them (or worse), and where all life is allowed to flourish. Thus, I am also pro-life, for supporting all living beings, not just before they are born, and not just humans, but all living beings.
What this person meant, however, was different. He meant that he is for extreme capitalism and all the forms of inequality it brings. We should remember that when it comes to an argument with Republicans that they should not use these terms without saying what they really mean.