This is going to sound obvious but, I think for all their similarities, there are vast differences between liberals and conservatives when it comes to dealing with reality. I am not suggesting one side is delusional. However, I am suggesting they deal with reality in fundamentally different ways. My experience is liberals do not deal with, and adjust to the way things are, they feel the need to regulate, not just aim, toward the ideal.
When operating under a politically left ideology, there is a desire to level the playing field rather than exert the effort necessary to overcome life’s hurdles. The fact that not everyone possesses identical knowledge, skills, and abilities serves as a reason to try and regulate toward certain outcomes in life. But it’s not a legislature’s job to determine what is fair or favorable. It is not a government’s job to level the playing field nor is it to pick winners and losers in society. It’s not anyone’s job for that matter, especially when the regulations designed to level the field rarely produce results.
Many on the political left, in my experience, believe very passionately that it is the government’s role to attempt to regulate toward ideal conditions. But part of life is coming to terms with the brute fact that not everyone is the same. Some people are winners, some are losers, some are haves, some are have-nots. The great thing about this country is, these lots are not fixed. People are free to move in and out of these lots in life. Not without effort though. The journey might be easier or more difficult for some, and this is where liberals tend to want to step in and intervene. They seem to want everyone to have the same ease of success as anyone else. They routinely fail to take into account the human nature. Not everyone has the same drive to succeed. Some people become complacent and are only willing to wish their station were better.