Sunday, September 4, 2011
If you watch this video, it should give you a pretty good idea of what liberalism is. And the point that it makes that most people have liberal leanings at least up to a certain point. Including conservatives, if you believe in Individual Liberty of any kind, you have at least one Liberal View. And then its a question of how liberal you are, take me I'm very liberal I'm pretty far to the left because I believe in a lot of Individual Liberty. That innocent people adults that is, have the right to live their own lives as they see fit. As long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom and they can pay for their own actions. And then be held accountable for their actions, I'm definitely a "leftist" not a centrist. I'm basically one step away from being a libertarian, you could even call me a Liberal Libertarian and be accurate. And I'm several steps away from being a socialist, whether its a Classical Socialist or a Democratic Socialist. One thing thats wrong in this video is when they talk about the difference that liberals and conservatives have when it comes to "Free Markets". This video suggested that liberals and conservatives both believe in "Free Markets". That part is true and it suggested that conservatives believe that people should be allowed to be rewarded for the good decisions that it makes in the market. Thats true as well and also suffer the consequences of their bad decisions in the market as well. Thats also true thats called accountability something I mentioned earlier. This video also mentioned that liberals believe that people should be rewarded for their correct decisions in the market as well. Which is also true but then suggested that government meaning Tax Payers should bail people out when they make bad decisions. And I'm thinking of TARP of course of 2008, thats flat false, liberals believe in accountability as I just mentioned.
Liberal and libertarian both come from the word liberty and when your talking in a political sense. That means Individual Liberty, liberal does not mean collectivism or rob the rich to pay for the poor. Or Democratic Socialism having a large Welfare State to take care of people. These are all Democratic Socialists beliefs that we are only as strong as our weakest link and that we should meaning government through Tax Revenue. Take care of the weak, liberals however believe that Free People in a Free Society like America, should have the freedom to take care of themselves. And make these decisions for themselves on their own as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. And then government should come in like take the market to use as an example. To punish people who abuse innocent people, as well as empower people who fall through cracks and can't take care of themselves. Thats what separates liberals such as myself from libertarians. I've lost count of how many times I've been called a libertarian, I'm not I'm a liberal and they are different.
Liberalism and Liberal Democracy is a beautiful philosophy because it puts the power in the hands of the people not the special few or government. And then we lend some of this power through the US Constitution to do the things that government can do better then Free People on their own. And thats why I'm a liberal.