Monday, May 14, 2012
In Depth: R. Emmett Tyrrell: "The Death of Liberalism": What Emmett Tyrell doesn't get about Liberalism
Emmett Tyrell is correct in one aspect about Liberalism, that Progressives have co opted Liberalism to make it look. Like Progressivism or Democratic Socialism, which is same thing thats common in Canada and Europe. Thats a Political Ideology thats centered around Central Government, that we give a lot of power to the Federal Government. To take care of the people through high taxes, Progressives tend to be Liberal on Social Issues. People who would call themselves Progressive Liberals, or Socialist Liberals. Some Progressives describe their politics as Progressive Libertarian or Socialist Libertarian. Progressive or Socialist on Economic Policy and even Foreign Policy but Liberal on Social Issues. But these people aren't Liberals but Progressives or Democratic Socialists, with Liberal views on some key Social Issues. There are also Progressives that are Statist on come Social Issues as well, like Gun Rights, Hate Speech. And even pornography to a certain extent and believe in things like Progressive Class's. That government should give special attention to certain populations in our society. But these aren't Liberal Values, these are Progressive Values.
Its not just Progressives that have co opted Liberalism, that has given Liberalism an inaccurate description. And definition of what it really is, which is about Individual Liberty, Limited Government and Equal of Opportunity. Equal Rights and other things but Right Wingers so called "Conservatives", who've spent forty years attacking Liberalism. And trying to make it look like Socialism and to a certain extent they've had a lot of success with that. The Tea Party is a perfect example of this and how they've falsely described Liberalism as well. The way they've falsely attacked President Obama and other Democrats but this is now changing. As I've argued before, this idea of the "Death of Liberalism". The claim that Emmett Tyrell has made, first of all I'm a Liberal Democrat and proud of it, the link of this blog is LiberalDemocracy.Blogspot.com. The name of this blog is FRSFreeState, The New Republic is still in business. A Liberal Democrat is the Deputy Leader of the US Senate, the President of the United States is a Moderate Liberal. The Vice President of the United States is a Liberal Democrat.
The Democratic Party is now made up of Liberals who tend to run the party, Progressives who compete against us. As well as Republicans and of course Centrist Democrats and a few Bible Belt Democrats who are Democrats in name only. Its not Liberalism thats dead or dying, its Progressives that have co opted Liberalism to a certain extent. And Right Wingers that have been successful in making Liberalism, look like Socialism. Its Conservatism thats in trouble in this country, as the Republican Party has become a Religious and Neoconservative Party.