All the conservative medis use the term 'liberals' as if it meant 'socialiist.' Here is a definition of liberalism from the "Quotationary" , a massive volume of quotes from prominent individuals:
"It is the duty of the liberal to protect and to extend the basic democratic freedoms. But fundamentally, liberalism is anattitude. The characteristics of that attitude are human sympathy, a receptivity to change and a scientific willingness to folllow reason rather than faith or any fixed set of ideas."
Your opinions? Said by: Chester Bowles in"The New Republic."
Progressives are not taking over Liberals. The writer doesn't seem to remember that in 1900 we had at least two Socialist states, to wit Kansas and Wisconsin. In the 1908 presidential election EuGene Debs got some 3 million votes representing the Socialists.
The Progressives have always been a mixed bag. The progressive but racist Women's movement joined forces with Evangelicals (whom they otherwise despised) to work together on getting the vote for women and for complete and constitutional prohibition of alcoholic beverages. Progressives were able to eliminate debtor's prison, they got better treatment for the insane, and by popular pressure got the FDA created to protect consumers from fraudulent and posionous products.
Harry Truman, except for the issue of race (although he did order the military desegregated), was much more liberal than Obama, and Nixon was more liberal than the Republicans of today
This is what I mean about lies! James, the government has been growing ever since the first Congress met. It was the Civil War that united the country in a way that was very unpleasat to the losers. Those losers are still complaining about the Civil War. Everybody in the media seems to be confused about the Progressives. Teddy Roosevelt was a Progressive and he was very far from being a socialist. Yet it was he who put into place anti-cartel legislation and anti-monopoly legislation. Oh, the howls of the businessmen! If you think this is rot please show me where the rot is.
Present Liberalism came right from FDR, who couldn't have been clearer about his goals and principles.
This liberalism lost its connection to Progressivism during the '50's. When Lynden Johnson put into place National Public Radio no one howled about socialism. The same thing with his Great Society program.
They accused him of being a n-lover, but not a socialist.
I think one reason conservatives and Republicans dislike liberalism is because they