So I guess in your mind "liberal" == "someone who's paying attention".
Could very well be the case... in many minds.
Also, I would suggest "liberal" == "someone who questions practices based on cruelty and power over other people"
Choosing "Conservatism" is linked with experiencing harsh authority figures during childhood enforcing obedience by means of cruelty and torture (refusing children basic needs like connection, approval, attention, understanding as a means of enforcing obedience is emotional torture as many of these are linked to the sense of survivial. Using physical violence on children as a means of enforcing obedience is, well, just torture).
For "liberal mind" someone needing help == someone needing help == they ought to be helped.
For "conservative mind" someone needing help == someone weak, undisciplined and therefore undeserving of what they need == they should be taught a "tough lesson." (which is how the "Conservative mind" was trained out of compassion and empathy after all, so the template is internalized)
For more see George Lakoff's lecture on Moral Politics: http://bit.ly/moralpoliticsvideo