Is absolutism a defining difference between conservatives and liberals?

Reply Wed 6 Feb, 2013 07:33 pm
Today President Obama appointed REI CEO Sally Jewell to head the Department of the Interior. On a report on NPR
Bill Chapman, a board member of a local conservation group said,
"As official Washington tries to figure out where Jewell falls on the continuum between tree-hugger and drill-baby-drill, Chapman says Jewell won't impress anyone who's looking for an "absolutist."

But this discussion is not about Sally Jewell or Bill Chapman or the Department of the Interior. It's about the search for an absolute anything and whether it is that search that divides the liberal from the conservative. Or is it more a division between the extremist on both sides and an independent thinker?
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