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Cheese asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Why do Democrats call themselves Liberals?

Liberty-1 : the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of choice

So my question is about how Socialism is being a liberal??? I would really like to know? Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland and all other Democrats before Roosevelt held these values. What happened? Could we please stop hiding Socialism and Communism behind the term Liberal. Its absolute nonsense.

If you must know so you don't call me some kind of Republican conservative. I consider myself a Liberal the same way Frederich Hayek did when he wrote the Road to Serfdom. He also wrote an essay titled "why i am not a conserve"


According to webster dictionary

Liberal- a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Liberal refers to fiscal policies, brainiac. They love to give away other people's money.

  • Romeo
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Try not to be confused by the term liberal as it is used in the political. In this case the Republican calls the person liberal who

    1) advocates abortion on demand paid for with your tax dollars

    2) want to wipe all mention of religion from government property

    3) want to legalize harmful narcotic drugs

    4) want to hand out your tax money to people who can work but won't

    5) want to give special recognition and special legal marriage benefits to same sex couples

    These are the issues that liberal Democrats push in the name of liberty. The problem with their view is that their special selfish and perverted liberties infringes upon the rights, freedoms and safety of others. Any time you vote for one of their bills that you might generally agree with, you will find embeded somewhere in that bill some fringe legislation that has been added to promote one of those vile liberties that takes away someone elses right to life, hard earned money, religious freedom and traditional family values.

  • 10 years ago

    Today it is not a left right, liberal or conservative issue. This is what they want you to think. The big banks and corporations give BIG money to both sides with the understanding from those in government to carry out their agenda or they will be replaced by someone who will carry out their agenda. Americans need to realize that our country has become a fascist state. Don't believe me then look it up in the history books and see what happened in Germany. You will be surprised to find that our government is taking us down the same road as Germany right before and after Hitler took power.

  • 10 years ago

    Because people are controlled by the media. The media states that Democrats and liberals are the same thing essentially.

    Apparently, according to the media and everybody that takes this viewpoint, economic liberalism is a conservative ideology. When did laissez-faire economics become conservative?

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  • 10 years ago

    Socialism is not necessarily a liberal or democratic belief, though a mixed form of socialism is advocated by democrats, mainly because of the democratic belief in helping the low and middle class, through welfare, and other things, including grants and loans to small business owners, as opposed to the republican belief in helping the rich get richer, in hopes that the scraps will eventually "trickle down" to the poor.

  • wurm
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    3 years ago

    asserting Conservatives confirmed the international what Liberals rather are is like asserting Nazis confirmed the international what Jews rather are. Slander and lies isn't a similar ingredient as actuality and expertise. I call myself liberal by way of fact I refuse to enable conservatives outline what it potential to be liberal. working to a sparkling label in basic terms supplies conservatives greater issues to shoot at in theircontinual-by potential of media. My roots are interior the training of Jesus Christ. i will stand my floor on "liberal" and tutor to the international that conservatives are compulsive liars.

  • 10 years ago

    Not all democrats do. but anyway modern liberalism and classic liberalism are not the same thing ive linked definitions to them before to similar questions.

    If you read even teh wiki write up it will say modern liberalism traces itself to around the FDR years.

    Also read up on Fabian Socialism, not the canned definitions but really read up on it.

  • 10 years ago

    I agree with those who have said that Liberal and liberty are two different things. We Democrats do not call ourselves Liberals because we are a mixed bag---liberal on social justice issues but more moderate on others and even downright conservative (fearful of change or resistant to change) on a few things. In the early 1990s, Newt Gingrich used the German philosopher upon whom Nazism is based, Nieztsche, to declare war on Democrats by using the term "Liberal" the same way Hitler had used the word "Jew"---vilifying an entire group of people in the minds of others in order to gain political power and "justify" atrocities (Flynt, 2004). The right-wing fundamentalist extremists who seized control of the GOP during the Reagan days used the term "bleeding heart Liberal" with derision, and then added the wrongful characterization of "tax-and-spend Liberal", making these words seem abominable and creating a negative stigma (what Nieztsche is known for). Democrats did not fight back for some reason, at least not until Bill Clinton's excellent election team (James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, DeeDee Myer, etc.) when they responded IMMEDIATELY to propaganda. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that the need to denigrate the concept of Liberal is not based on reality, but is rather a long-term effect of deeply entrenched and very well-funded propaganda DELIBERATELY used to malign all Democrats in the minds of voters.

    One of your responders, Romeo, made a list of five "reasons" Liberals are disliked by Republicans, among these that Liberals "want to wipe all mention of religion from government property." This refers to a Alabama State Supreme Court Judge named Roy Moore who was asked to step down for his refusal to honor the Constitution which he was sworn to uphold and remove his "Ten Commandments" plaque from Court property (Goldberg, 2006). Why would this be considered only Liberal when it is a BLATANT violation of the Separation of Church and State? Why is this not stated thusly: "Democrats seek to uphold the Constitution by enforcing the Separation of Church and State as put forth in the Constitution?" If the cult-evangelicals in control of the GOP keep trying to push their narrow pentecostal fundamentalist version of "christianity' upon the people of this nation then are they not the villains here?

    Socialism in the U.S. includes: our military, the U.S. Post Offce, police and fire departments, our public schools and universities, national parks, mass transit, public transportation, the VA medical system, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, highways and roadways, bridges and tunnels, and so on. We have civil rights, workers' rights, voters' rights for women and persons of color, child labor laws, whistleblower protections, unemployment insurance, minimum wage laws, and the like. These socialist protections are so-called "Liberal" programs and if you simply subtract ALL of these from our American way of life, you'd have left what conservatives think they want, which is nothing that protects consumers, and for-profit other words, bottomless-pit greed and chaos.

    Source(s): Flynt, Larry (2004), "Sex, Lies & Politics: The Naked Truth." NY: Kensington Press. Goldberg, Michelle (2006) "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of 'Christian' Nationalism." NY: W.W. Norton.
  • 10 years ago

    Socialism is liberal. State Capitalism (What the USSR and eastern bloc, Cuba, etc.) had are not socialism and not liberal. In actual socialism the power and decisions are made by elected groups of workers, in capitalism power is concentrated in a small, privileged class who pass on their privilege to their offspring. Do you really think that is more liberal?

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    "Liberty" and "liberal" are two completely different things. A liberal is someone who is "favorable to progress or reform."

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