Since when is “liberal” a curse word?
A couple of days ago, Fox News did a segment on presidential candidate Barack Obama and the fact that he is a smoker. Now, this is so stupid I won’t even talk about it. I will, however, link to a hilarious image from the segment.
What really caught my eye while reading the article was this quote from the segment:
He portrays himself as a political moderate, but he’s much more liberal than he says he is.
At first, I thought maybe liberal had a completely different meaning in the US (as opposed to here in Sweden), but I was wrong. Here are the top 4 results for a google define:liberal:
- broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; “a broad political stance”; “generous and broad sympathies”; “a liberal newspaper”; “tolerant of his opponent’s opinions”
- having political or social views favoring reform and progress
- tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
- a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
Wikipedia has this to say about liberalism:
Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value.
How can anyone spin this into a negative? I thought USA was “the land of the free”? What about “with liberty and justice for all”? Guess not.