I have always pondered the question of what makes a liberal tick. They will tell you that it is the plight of the common man that drives them but history and common sense will tell you that this simply isn't so. You have to be the right type of common man for them to care about you. If one doesn't fall at the alter of hedonism and relativism then they are the enemy of the liberal. You can see this in action when a black man is outed as a conservative. At that point they become "house negroes".
So if love for all mankind isn't their drive then what is?
The liberal is generally A-religious. This means that 9 times out of 10 they believe that after you die nothing happens. And the ones that believe in a God are usually Unitarian or at least all-inclusive which means they believe in everything and nothing all at the same time. So I'd conclude that liberals either believe that nothing happens when you die or they have no idea what will happen, which is just as scary a thought.
Therefore I believe the real passion of the liberal is a simple two word phrase: Don't die. That sums up their passion in a well defined nutshell.
This then explains why the liberal believes that nothing is worth fighting for. What is the point in fighting for freedom and democracy? Isn't it better to live under government rule then to be dead? Isn't it easier to ignore certain people group sufferings then to be killed trying to rescue them? After all, you can't help anybody once you are dead so you might as well just try to talk it out with you enemy. If you raise your voice to evil or take up arms against it then you might be killed.
But most conservatives have a different passion. Like Costner said in Open Range.. 'There are things that gnaw at a man worse than dying.' This is why we fight for freedom so quickly. We believe that this life is a gift and we should cherish it and take care of it, but there is something greater than us that holds within Him the power of life itself. Therefore we look forward to after death because we know that something better awaits after this life. Not every conservative believes this of course. And as a Christian I believe that only those that call and believe in Christ will get in to heaven. That's my passion.
Liberals refuse to fight the war on terror not because of a conscientious objection but because they are afraid. They are scared of losing the only thing that has worth to them, and that worth is a measly, dismal, temporary existence. This is the passion of the liberal. It's sad but true.