Liberalism

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

Liberalism (n): a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.

 

Whenever I hear political commentators refer to America’s left-wing as “liberals,” I have to cringe. It gives me visions of Indigo Montoya from The Princess Bride saying, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

 

Perhaps this is one reason why, while John F. Kennedy is still lionized by both sides of the political spectrum, Democrats tend to gloss over his rather liberal views on taxation.

 

Back in the day, the cry by those considered Liberals was “Power to the people.” Over time, however, “Power to the people” has become “Give me free stuff.” Unfortunately, the label “Liberal” continues to be erroneously applied to those who would trade individual liberty for an ever-expanding police state, an all-powerful federal behemoth, a dictatorial national executive, and above all, an endless stream of hand-outs.

 

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