Liberals believe that Government can be a useful tool that can get some things done, but that it is not to be trusted. Therefore, Government operations should be as transparent as possible, we should know what they are doing, they should be fully accountable to the people, and they should never forget that THEY work for US.
Judging from the last eight years, Republicans believe that Government should be completely gigantic, but should do nothing useful. They also believe that what the government does should be kept secret from the citizens, government should have no accountability, and they believe that the citizens are answerable to the government instead of the other way around.
Maybe it's me, but I can't figure out why anybody would think that that's good.