David Paul Kuhn has an interesting article here, entitled ‘Dems Doing Liberalism Badly.’
The Democrats have done “Liberalism” badly for one reason, and one reason only: They HATE it.
Classical “Liberalism” celebrates the Individual. It is about the Individual – his/her freedom, liberty, opportunity.
Current “Liberalism” or “Progressivism” is about stopping the Individual in the name of the Group. It is the ANTITHESIS of true Liberalism. It denies, distorts and prevents Liberalism.
A Liberal would be captivated by individual entrepreneurial achievement. A Liberal would be thrilled by a woman succeeding as Governor and Mother and Wife. A Liberal would be in favor of the ultimate triumph of the individual over obstacles in his or her way.
Current “Liberals” tax the Individual to death and want all power to the State – the largest group, and the only one with the ability to enforce its ideas with guns. Liberals today place as many obstacles as possible in the way of individual achievement. Rise too far and too fast on your own initiative and “Liberals” and “Progressives” will cut you down, tax you to death, ridicule your achievement and accomplishment and do whatever they can to destroy you. All in the name of a group.
That is many things, but “liberal” is not one of them. Fascism, totalitarianism, tyranny, all are closer to the mark.
“Buy my healthcare plan or go to jail,” is not a phrase that can accurately be regarded as subscribing to liberal sensitivites.
The Democrats today are as illiberal as any major party in the history of our nation has ever been.
To accept their view of themselves as “Liberals” would require, oh, I don’t know, unionized teacher mal-education of 40 years’ worth of voters?
Surprise, surprise, surprise.