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Friday, March 30, 2012

What is Liberalism?: The Real Meaning of American Liberalism and not how its Stereotyped as something else





I've been asked and been labeled several different things since I've been blogging. Now three years about how I would describe my politics. When I speak about things like Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility and Freedom of Choice. People automatically assume I'm a Libertarian and when I speak in favor of things like. Decentralization of the Federal Government and I express concerns about Big Government. And speak against things like Single Payer Medicare For All Health Insurance. Or creating a 21st Century New Deal or speak in favor of American Power. Even in a limited way like being in favor of the Libyan No Fly Zone. People assume I'm a Conservative, I've actually been called a Conservative on YouTube. I was called that to be insulted, which I wasn't not that I'm a Conservative. But because I actually know what Conservatism is and can differentiate between. Conservatism and Neoconservatism or Religious Conservatism or even Libertarianism.

I've been labeled a Classical Liberal, which so far has been the most accurate way to describe my politics. Especially if Classical Liberalism is used to differentiate from what's called "Modern Liberalism". Which I just call Progressivism or Democratic Socialism and I'll explain why later. To give you a clue about about I would describe my politics, just go to the link of the blog site. LiberalDemocracy.Blogspot.com, the name of the blog site is called FRSFreeState. Thats what my politics are, I believe in Individual Liberty and Personal Responsibility, as well as Limited Government. Which leads to Good Government and no you don't have to be a Libertarian to believe in these things. A lot of Libertarians today tend to be Anti Government and I'm not one of those people. And I don't want government out of the economy all together as well.

Yes I have respect for Ron Paul and Milton Friednman and perhaps you've noticed. I've quoted Professor Friedman on this blog several times. But thats just because Liberalism and Libertarianism are similar and share certain values. But we are different and I just laid out a few differences. Liberalism is not Libertarianism and its certainly not Progressivism. Even though we have some things in common, as it comes to Social Issues. Dennis Kucinich is no more a Liberal, then Rick Santorum is a Conservative. There what people call "Modern Liberals" and Neoconservatives. I'm a Liberal because I believe in Liberal Democracy, which is why I'm also a Liberal Democrat. Again because I believe in Liberal Democracy, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Freedom of Choice and Limited Government. Equality of Opportunity. These are all Liberal Values.

When you think Libertarian, think of someone that yes believes in Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility and Freedom of Choice. But all think of someone who wants to return the Federal Government, back to only what's laid out for it in the 10th and 11th Amendments. Meaning we would only have a State Department, Defense Department, Treasury Department. And a Justice Department and thats about it. Thats what you call Small Government, which is different from Limited Government. When you think of a Progressive, think of someone who believes in Big Government. In the form of a Welfare State, that we need a large Welfare State and high taxes to promote Economic Equality. And when you think of a Liberal, think of someone who believes in. Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Freedom of Choice, Equality of Opportunity. Rule of Law, the US COnstitution and Bill of Rights. And Limited Government and that Government should be used to empower people who need help but not take care of them.

I really blame the "Mainstream Media" and our Public Education System. For the lack of education that a lot of Americans have when it comes to American Politics. And why Americans get Liberals mixed up with Progressives and Libertarians. And Conservatives mixed up with Libertarians and Neoconservatives. And why people who are Progressives or Democratic Socialists, like Sen. Bernie Sanders or Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Are labeled Liberals, when we are really different from these other Political Factions.

Daily Worldwide News: Keith Olbermann Fired by CurrentTV

This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press: Daily Worldwide News: Keith Olbermann Fired by CurrentTV

To be honest you I wasn’t shocked to hear that Keith Olbermann was fired by MSNBC a year ago. Even though they want to have a progressive prime time lineup. Giving voice to American Progressives and looking at the news from a progressive slant. They want to be for Progressives what FNC is for the right-wing. The rest of the NBC News operation I believe is fairly objective. And their reporting is solid. NBC Nightly News and NBC Meet the Press are excellent examples of this. But MSNBC Talk is clearly slanted towards Progressives. And Keith Olbermann is so far to the left, at least with his political commentary and anti-corporate if not private enterprise and so unafraid of offending anyone. Including the people he works for. CurrentTV owned by Al Gore, that he’ll say whatever he wants as long as he believes in it strong enough.

As much as Current my not want to be part of the corporate media and be part of the private sector version of PBS or something, they are part of corporate media. They are a business and have to turn a profit to be successful. CurrentTV has proven to not be the right format for Keith Olbermann. I’m not sure there is one, other than maybe HBO, Showtime or maybe PBS. Where he could say whatever he wants to, swear as often as he likes. This is a format that’s served Bill Maher very well and if Keith can avoid offending one of these networks, maybe HBO, or Showtime, would be a place for him.

Keith, may fit in well there or going on talk radio. Starting his own website or news organization that reflects the views of Progressives, or Democratic Socialists. Because being the lead anchor on a cable network, which is what Current is and saying things that can offend corporate media, just doesn’t work, it doesn’t fit. Keith Olbermann needs to be on a format where he can be Keith and do his thing. And not have to worry about who he’s offending. Similar to Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, but for Progressives. And there may not be a big enough outlet out there that’s also willing to put up with Keith. That can make that happen for him.