March 23, 2010 8 Comments
The Democratic Party, and the left in general, have henceforth abandoned all claim to the term ‘liberal’. (Any connection they had to it was already tenuous at best, but the “healthcare” law has severed all ties for good.)
For avoidance of doubt: the root of ‘liberal’ is liberty. It is not ‘liberal’ to support, and enact, sweeping regulations dictating who must purchase which service when, who must sell which service when, under what conditions the service may (and shall) be sold (and rationed), with a zillion ‘clever’ penalties/taxes for disobedience, etc etc. That all is the opposite of ‘liberal’. Why we have for so long attached the word ‘liberal’ to folks whose apparent motivating force is to attain ever-increasing control over other peoples’ livelihoods, pocketbooks, living standards, social arrangements, and (now) their health thus very lives – for as many people as possible – is a puzzle for linguistic historians to sort out. But it’s long past time time we simply stopped.
We have reached the point where in our current political system the only things the left is remotely ‘liberal’ about have to do with sex, i.e. situations involving peoples’ genitals coming into contact. Oh yes, I’ll agree, the left is very liberal on matters involving peoples’ genitals coming into contact. They are true-blue principled believers in that sort of liberty. They care very deeply about genital liberty, I’ll grant. That’s very, very important to them and prominent in their lives and thinking. (Where they and others can put their genitalia.)
It’s just every single other sort of liberty imaginable that the left doesn’t care for.
In the English language, ‘liberal’ is not the right term for such people at all. It is an antonym for what they are, which is: authoritarian.