How the Left Hijacks Liberalism

This is not a liberal.

Many leftists seem to have confused their political opinions with their virtue. They may have disagreements among themselves from time to time, but if there's one thing they know it's that all those on the right are wicked. I wish I could share their conviction that everyone who disagrees with me politically is bad, but I know there are many good and decent people who vote Democrat.

The question is: Why? Why do they vote that way?

The modern Democrat Party is leftist. We know that leftism is bad for people. We know leftist welfare policies have destroyed the black family. We see how feminism turns women into weak, quivering, delicate creatures fearful of a word or gaze. We understand how multiculturalism empowers the most intolerant and violent of terrorist thugs. What is it that makes nice folks attach themselves to a political position that does so much damage?

I think it is because they are liberal and the left has hijacked liberalism.

I am a liberal myself. In fact, I became a conservative because I'm a liberal. Liberalism — the belief that individuals should be as free as possible in their thought, speech and action — is what my conservatism seeks to conserve. Nowadays I sometimes hear people describing this position as Classical Liberalism as if there were some new, improved, modern liberalism that had replaced it. Alas, not so!