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Thread #105422   Message #2170366
Posted By: Amos
13-Oct-07 - 01:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: Well Done, Mister Gore!
Subject: RE: BS: Well Done, Mister Gore!
It may be, John, that you are using the early 2000s definition of liberal; unfortunately that is a corrupt definition. The characteristics of liberalism traditionally are an interest in the betterment of humanity, a tolerance for individual differences and multicultural understandings, and a resistance to despots, fascists, dictatorial impulses of various sorts, and a regard for the well being of all strata of society, not just the high end, economically.

The neoconservative movement, which is speckled with some really nasty and unthinking rhetoric, decided to re-frame the word to imply weak-minded, spineless, bleeding-heart socialists and poor-mouth sympathy cases, none of which has anything t do with the actual meaning of the word.