September 5, 2009

When Did Liberal Become Such A Dirty Word

Watching Fox News this morning, I've heard the word "liberal" being tossed around like it is a disease.

Lets look at the definition of "liberal:"

a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

Why would anyone want to be anything else? Makes no sense to me.

I'm not talking about being a Far Left whack job who pushes tolerance of behavior of others to the extreme. There are limits. A rapist is a rapist is a rapist, and I don't care what drove him to become one. A suicide bomber is a suicide bomber is a suicide bomber and I don't care what drove him to blow up innocent people. Yes, the far Left has major problems because they can't identify who the perpetrator is and who the victim is many times. They are not open minded because they tend to blame the real victim or society. They are not true liberals.

The word "liberal" in its truest sense has nothing to do with political affiliation unless the government has policies that are not progressive. A liberal would be against anything that stifles progress.

What exactly is the opposite of "liberal?" Here are some examples:

I'd rather be a dirty liberal any day.