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Here is a definition of the word "liberalism" from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1: the quality or state of being liberal
2: a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity b: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties dcapitalized
Does modern american liberalism emphasize "intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity" ? Is it based upon "free competition, the self-regulating market, or the autonomy of the individual" ?
Regarding Christianity, american liberals not only don't embrace it, they are dedicated to removing it from public life. The ACLU has been on that job for years and years. Often, they disdain it. Tune in any liberal talk show host and listen to the contempt for the Christian rubes oozing from your set.
Liberals can't claim to support the autonomy of the individual at the same time they advocate for high taxation, redistribution of wealth, entitlements, government takeover of the private sector, excessive regulation, globalist government, and anti-capitalist policies. All those statist authoritarian policies diminish the autonomy of the individual. If you start talking to an american liberal about the invisible hand of the self-regulating free market, they look at you like you're some kind of fascist. Liberals even think it's greedy for someone to keep most of their own hard-earned money, favoring instead confiscation and redistribution by the state.
THIS IS NOT LIBERALISM. This is SOCIALISM. This is leftist political thought. It is not grounded in the principles of our founding fathers, nor in the principles of our Constitution.
Here is a somewhat broader definition of "liberalism" from Wikipedia:
Liberalism refers to a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that consider individual liberty to be the most important political goal...liberalism emphasizes individual rights and equality of opportunity. Different forms of liberalism may propose very different policies, but they are generally united by their support for a number of principles, including extensive freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, the free exchange of ideas, a market or mixed economy, and a transparent system of government.
Did you catch that part about the "rule of law" ? Do modern liberals support the rule of law ? Not when it comes to illegal immigration they don't. They call the rest of us racists just for wanting to stop illegal immigration. Are liberals for freedom of speech ? Generally, yes, but not when it comes to talk radio they aren't. There they want to install the Fairness Doctrine, which will shut all those conservative yappers up. Liberals also don't let too many conservatives join the party in the print media, or on college campuses either. Mostly, liberals are for freedom of liberal speech. They'd just as soon shout conservatives down, like they do on those college campuses almost every time a conservative speaks at one.
How about "limitations of the power of governments" ? Are liberals for that ? Have you stopped laughing yet ? They are when the government is run by someone named George Bush and Bush is pursuing terrorists, but if a liberal gets into power, the sky's the limit. The first impulse of the modern american liberal in response to any problem or perceived problem is to increase government. It has become a virtual reflex. Health care problem ? Let government take over. Day care ? Let government take over. John Edwards even said he was going to cure poverty, which sure confused me, because LBJ allegedly did that 42 years ago. Education failures ? Raise taxes, more funding, government control, even though all those things are what has resulted in the very educational system we have today. Liberals have absolute mistrust for the private sector, and the word "profit" is an obscenity, as is the word 'rich'. 'Tax and spend' isn't a liberal axiom for nothing. That is all about taking away from the individual, for the purpose of centralized control by the state.
THIS IS NOT LIBERALISM. It's tilting towards COMMUNISM.
Individual liberty, the centerpiece of traditional liberalism, is NOT the central goal of modern american liberalism (should I call it neo-liberalism, and them 'neolibs' ?). The central goal of the neolibs is the same as the central goal of socialists and communists, the equality of all. Not the equality of opportunity, as would be favored in traditional liberalism, but the equality of OUTCOME. Individual liberty, by definition, has to be sacrificed in order to obtain that utopian goal. Economic liberty must also be sacrificed in order to obtain such a "greater good". Freedom of the individual is sacrificed, traded for the domination of the state. It takes a village.
Now that we've seen that our neolibs don't fit the mold of traditional liberals, consider this definition of "socialism" from Merriam-Webster:
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
Yep, that's them. That's the neolibs alright. That's just where they want to lead this country.