The New "Liberals"

  1. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
  2. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded

The liberal tradition in world politics, and specifically in America, has always been one of freedom, personal liberty, equality, and new ideas that break convention.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were on the absolute opposite sides of the political spectrum after the Revolutionary War. As members of the Republican (which the current Democratic party traces its lineage to) and the Federalist parties, respectively, their differences were so stark that their long standing friendship was severed for many years. Even amongst this climate of severe contention their ideals and vision were in line with each others, demonstrating the "liberal" tradition prevalent in American politics at the time. Freedom, equality, personal liberty, and religious freedom were all things that these men agreed upon.

No one will ever convince me that great Democrats in the past such as Jefferson, FDR, and Truman ever believed in anything else, or that they were not great leaders of our nation. The liberal tradition is also evident in many of the Republican administrations in our history. Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves, Teddy Roosevelt's strong advocacy and expansion of the national parks, and Nixon's groundbreaking policy towards communist China. The liberal tradition in American politics has always existed on both sides of the aisle, until recently.

The tone of liberals today does serious disservice to the label that they chose long ago. The term liberal is today used as a pejorative in many circles, I myself have developed an aversion to the term in almost any context. I believe that this is because the Democratic party, and elements even more liberal, have left the mainstream of America and are pursuing policies and tactics that are anything but liberal.

The venom and vile that is currently spewing from the likes of Michael Moore, Al Gore, Howard Dean, and John Edwards (click here for video) is anything but "tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others". John Edward's admonition to voters out there who are planning on voting for President Bush, "you've lost your mind", is anything but "broad-minded". And going even further there have been gunshots fired at a Bush/Cheney campaign headquarters and even swastikas burned into yards that have Bush/Cheney yard signs. There are many, many more examples, but I will let you read about those here. Forgive me if I don't think that the Left today are "liberal" in their actions.

And the policies they espouse are even worse. They favor the redistribution of wealth (Hillary Clinton: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good"), while still defending the ability of personal injury lawyers to line their pockets via frivolous lawsuits which drive up malpractice insurance and other medical costs.

They have changed the concept of "separation of church and state" from one which was to protect religion from governmental interference to one which oppresses the religions that have been tagged as "intolerant". Thomas Jefferson coined the term "separation of church and state" in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, where he stated that "religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions". This man, who coined the phrase that has now been co-opted by the Left, believed that government was the threat to religion, not the other way around.

These are people who wish to interfere in free market economics through the regulation of corporate benefit packages, and raising taxes on small business owners. Interference with the free markets of the US is what has hurt the medical system, and less regulation is needed for it to correct itself. Currently many small business owners are required to file as individuals, and the tax proposals of the Kerry/Edwards campaign put them into the category of "rich" Americans, and they will raise taxes on them. For a ticket that promotes economic growth and job creation it makes no sense for them raise taxes on the sector of the economy which produces more new jobs than any other.

This shows the idiocy of the Democratic economic plan. "Grow" jobs by increasing regulations on how to hire and compensate people, restricting their choices on staffing issues. Hmm, that makes sense. Oh, and raise taxes on the people most likely to create those new jobs so they will not be able to pay new employees. Yeah, that's the ticket!

They also cling to the concept of social programs that are no longer relevant in their original form. There have been many attempts and proposals to modernize Social Security and Medicare to insure its solvency far into the future, but every time the Left has ran to the seniors of this country and used scare tactics to convince them that their checks would be taken away. They have consistently used the "social safety net" that FDR envisioned to manipulate the political discourse in this nation, and by doing so have done nothing but hasten the collapse of those systems.

The Left no longer shares the liberal values which formed this country and created a system of government that, while imperfect, has fostered the most powerful and advanced society that mankind has ever seen. Liberals may still hold onto the tag, but they sure don't espouse the ideals.

UPDATE: The Templar Pundit gets it too.

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