"I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future."
I do not agree with this perspective. I think that there are times when it is right to be conserative and times when it is right to be liberal. If we try to split the difference every time, we might just end up being wrong.
For example, let's look at the Civil Rights Movement in US History. At that point in time, being liberal was the right thing to do. If we had held on to the past at that point, we would have been doing a grave injustice to the African Americans. Holding on to the past would have meant that we would continue to deny them their rights. In that case, then, it would have been wrong to adopt the sort of wishy-washy outlook that this speaker is giving.