In several countries around the world, the Liberal Party is actually that—liberal in the best sense of the word. They agree people should live free from government interference, intrusion, and overreach in their lives.
For instance, the UK’s Liberal Party “ . . . exists to create a liberal society, in which every citizen shall possess liberty, property and security, and none shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. Its chief care is for the rights and opportunities of the individual, and in all spheres it sets freedom first.” In Australia, the Liberal Party stands for, “ . . . the inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples; . . . a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives; and maximises individual and private sector initiative. . . . In those most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy—the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association. . . .”
Democrats in the United States say they are liberal, but you can check out their meandering party platform here. There is nothing remotely liberal (see above) in this so-called platform. They have no solutions, only unimaginative rewards to buy votes from their constituents. The DNC site talks about recovering from the pandemic, building a “fairer” economy (whatever that is supposed to mean), reforming the criminal justice system, a laughable plank for “healing the soul of America,” environmental justice (eye roll), strengthening our democracy (even though we are a republic), a 21st century immigration system (which must mean letting everyone into the country who would like to come in unvetted and unvaccinated), providing a world-class education (apparently including critical race theory and normalizing gender dysphoria), and finally, renewing American leadership (led by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris).
Here in the United States and Canada, the word liberal has been perverted and taken over by the progressive Left, which is in no way liberal. In today’s America, Democrats are split into two groups, those on the progressive Left and classical liberal thinkers, who in today’s society have more in common with Republicans than they do with the progressives in their party, whether they choose to acknowledge that truth or not.
There is a huge difference between the Left and liberals. Liberals in the United States are free thinkers. They don’t conform to a certain way of thinking just because their party believes they should. They have humor and humanity. They find a debate with someone with different ideas entertaining and thought provoking. They can find common ground with people who don’t agree on everything. Liberals can laugh at their party and at themselves.
Joe Rogan, Tim Pool, Bill Maher, Marianne Williamson, Tulsi Gabbard, and even Dave Chappell are true liberals. They don’t try to impose their belief system upon other people. They would rather debate you. They are okay with losing the debate and will go at it with you again tomorrow. They have a sense of right and wrong. They make money by doing what they do, but they don’t sell out. They love this country and understand how great it is to be born here and enjoy what this country has to offer.
In exactly the opposite fashion, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and the squad are the progressive Left in America. They are authoritarian and they love control. These people don’t have a humorous bone in their bodies. Debate is not what they crave; capitulation to their will is. They will tell you they know best, and sometimes they actually believe it. Any opposition to their will is unacceptable. Rather than self-determination for citizens, they will instruct you on the best way to live. They will take any money or power they can get from any corner of the world, no matter how nefarious—as long as it enables their fight for power.
This miserable pandemic has been disastrous for nearly everyone except perhaps pharmaceutical companies and their investors. It has also exposed the Left’s leaders for who they truly are, completely the opposite of the liberals in their own party. Thanks to the progressive Left’s fascist tendencies during the China Virus plague, many of those liberals have begun to recognize the differences. Rather than side with parents and children, the Left sided with unions and school boards. Rather than side with the once applauded healthcare workers and first responders, the Left sided with those who made and imposed private healthcare decisions without the consent of those workers. Freedom loving truck convoys in Canada protesting government overreach were somehow a fringe “white “movement; although, despite repeating it over and over, even the progressive Left knew that wasn’t true.
Free speech has been silenced if it doesn’t conform with the party line. Conservatives and liberals alike have been canceled and banned from certain platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. GoFundMe decides what causes are worthy and which ones are not, and although Black Lives Matter is deemed a worthy cause, apparently freedom loving Canadians are not.
More and more liberals are awakening to the monumental shift in their party, once a “love, peace, and freedom” party that has now become everything they said they despised. The Biden Administration and its disastrous policies have helped them see the truth as well. As the progressive Left senses this change of attitude within what once was a united vote within their party, they will become more and more desperate and cling more and more to control. Power, control, and money is what they are after. Not humor. Not debate. And darn sure not freedom.