What it Means to be a Liberal
In the midst of the circus sideshow that is the Democratic party’s convention, it seems appropriate to examine just what a “liberal” is today versus what it meant to be a liberal in saner times.
Let me make it clear that I am the farthest thing from conservative as can be imagined. I consider myself a liberal in the classic sense. I oppose excessive concentrated power anywhere, and wish all corruption to be exposed. I am for the general reform of our society, because I believe it has been hopelessly ruined by an elite oligarchy. I champion a true redistribution of wealth. The great wealth that America boasts makes our own poverty statistics all the more shameful.
Thomas Jefferson was, for a very long time, the poster boy for a classic liberal. Over the past few decades, as authoritarian political correctness has taken control of our society, Jefferson has been transformed into a monstrous “racist” whose words and image are now considered “offensive” to many.
Charles Dickens would be my prime example of a liberal. His reputation may not have suffered as Jefferson’s has, but few “liberals” today echo Dickens’ thoughts and actions. Classical liberals like Dickens were concerned with reforming the wrongs and corruption in the world, with eradicating such outrages as child labor and debtors’ prisons. Ironically, as I detail in my book Survival of the Richest, to be published in 2017, both child labor and debtors’ prisons are making quite the comeback, and few “liberals” of our time seem to care.
Today’s “liberals” are preoccupied with taking away the rights of others, not defending or expanding them. They are purely driven by emotion, and respond to any disagreement with name-calling and often violence. While they charge that “haters” are offending certain groups- and they are invariably groups that are popular voter demographics with the Democratic party- they ignore the hatred they themselves spew constantly, and deny other groups- for instance, evangelical Christians- the right to be just as offended as gays, transgenders, blacks, etc.
My support for Donald Trump has been met with the predictable name-calling and anger on social media. These “liberals” are far less tolerant and open-minded than any of the right-wingers I’ve ever encountered. They are also far more “hateful.” And yet their entire argument against Trump is based upon emotional sound bites; “racist,” “fascist,” “misogynist,” etc. None of them ever feel the need to provide any instances of actual “racism” or “fascism” on Trump’s part. Their argument is distilled down to the odious Bill Maher’s mantra against Trump, whom he dismisses with the predictably juvenile sobriquet, “whiny little bitch.”
“Liberals” are interested only in a few selected slices of American history. Their primary concern, 150 years after emancipation, is with the enslavement of African- Americans. They present the issue in typical dishonest fashion; first of all, acting as if slavery was a reality in America in the recent past, and secondly by portraying the enslavement of blacks in America as something unique and far more horrible than the enslavement of others, during the same time period, all over the world.
There were less than four million African slaves in America at its peak, and there were never more than 6% of southerners who owned slaves. If you include the northern slave owners, the percentage of Americans who ever owned slaves goes down to 1.4%. In startling contrast, there are some 30 million enslaved human beings in the world today. This includes about 10 million slaves in India. Have we heard any outcries from Hollywood or any other hotbed of modern “liberalism,” demanding a boycott or embargo of India? How do you still make redundant films about the subject, and complain about slavery a century and a half ago, yet not even mention modern-day slavery?
Traditional liberals like Charles Dickens wrote often about the disgrace of poverty, and demanded that something be done about it. If “liberals” today even mention the poor, it’s to cite the plight of poor minorities exclusively, or to lamely lobby for a slight increase in the embarrassingly low minimum wage. Their opposition to the death penalty- if they are even opposed to it- is often propelled only by the disproportionate numbers of black prisoners executed.
But today’s “liberal’s” favorite pastime is the monitoring of speech, and thought, and writing. How many careers have been ended because of a careless opinion or even just a single verboten word? These kinds of social justice warrior “liberals” pounce upon the unsuspecting thought criminals in such cases with the hunger of wild lions. Their cries of “fire him!” or “put him in jail!” would make true liberals like Jefferson or Dickens blanch in horror.
“Liberals” are generally associated in the public mind with pacifism, or at least with being in the forefront of anti-war movements. My research has revealed that the best known “liberals” in every generation wholeheartedly supported the particular war or wars of their time, and were in the forefront of smearing those who opposed them as “appeasers” or some other nasty label.
It’s Donald Trump, not any high-profile “liberal,” who is focusing attention on the sorry state of American infrastructure. “Liberal” comedians and talk-show hosts throw the truly offensive term “retard” around with impunity. In many ways, today’s “leftists” act like textbook bullies, which makes their own loudly proclaimed concern with bullying to be just a bit ironic. I have found from extensively researching the subject of bullying for a future book, that most “anti-bullying” advocates are firm supporters of bullies, and seek to minimize the experiences of their victims.
The whole facade of our “liberal” civilization is crumbling before our eyes. Heroic young citizen journalists from Infowars, We are Change and numerous other outlets are exposing our putrid leaders for what they are. They can’t hide behind the facade of a controlled trio of identical television networks, or a coterie of editorial boards run by their close cronies, any longer. CNN and other networks can order their camera people not to show all the Bernie Sanders’ supporters, and the party can confiscate their signs, and canned applause can be inserted to drown out the boos, but they can’t stop independent voices on the internet from exposing what they’re doing.
The term “limousine liberal” is one that can be applied to nearly all celebrated “liberals” today. These are the people who fly on their private jets to conferences where they lecture the common riff-raff about leaving too large a carbon footprint. They admonish the unwashed masses not to use too much water or energy, while soaking in their hot tubs and watering their expansive lawns regularly. It’s the same mindset that causes multi-millionaire celebrities to urge their financially struggling fans to cough up their money for Africa, AIDS, or some other popular “liberal” cause. The celebrities, on the other hand, donate nothing other than their performances and reap the benefits of positive publicity.
As I noted earlier, I am no defender of conservatives. What is there about the decaying state of America that any rational person would want to conserve? On the contrary, everywhere we turn, at all levels of government and business, we need massive changes and true reform. The only changes a modern “liberal” supports are ones that would only make a bad situation worse. They are not true reformers in any sense of the word.
In reality, today’s “liberals” are defenders of the rotten state. They are profiting in a corrupt mess that the vast majority of their fellow Americans are struggling in. They don’t want change, which is why they object so strongly to Trump, who is simply pointing out some of the countless elephants roaming freely about the room.
If my convictions seem contradictory, that’s because I don’t buy into the phony “left” and “right” paradigm. To me, it makes perfect sense to be against both the greed and selfishness of the modern right, and the authoritarian political correctness of the modern left.
Another forgotten true liberal, Lord Acton, pointed out succinctly that, “Power corrupts; absolutely power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton, like Jefferson and Dickens, would not understand the importance of transgender bathrooms or the notion that brown paper bags and band aids can be “racist.”
They would further be appalled at the idea of “hate speech” or “free speech zones.” They believed in liberty and justice for all, unlike the modern-day “liberals” who have all but destroyed our world.