The progressives took the word liberalism and claimed it for themselves. Liberalism is the choice that unites most of us. That's the one where we all come down together and say, "Look, we can live with each other."
From the time of the founders to the 1940s liberalism was most people were called. Liberalism stood for limited government to protect and defend liberty. Progressives stole that term and claimed it for themselves to shed a positive light on their agenda of creating a large government that tramples on liberty.
Why did our "classical liberal" ancestors allow this to happen? We need to take it back. We need to start calling liberals progressives again. And we need to call conservatives and libertarians liberals again. This makes sense, because progressive and liberal are opposites.
We need to take the term liberal back and allow the people to see progressives for what they really are: people who think they know what's best for you, so they create laws to force their agenda on you. But this requires you to sacrifice your freedom and liberties."
You can't say to people, "Marijuana is bad for you, so we need to create a law banning you from manufacturing and selling it, without taking away their liberty to choose. You are basically deciding for them what is good for them, and forcing them to be perfect. What this does is create a dark market for marijuana."
For crying out loud, did we learn nothing from prohibition. During prohibition it was illegal to import, transport, produce or sell alcohol in the U.S. What resulted was an underworld that made men like Al Capone rich. It showed on a full scale level that governmental attempts to perfect the world create nothing but chaos.
Yet we continue to allow it. We continue to let progressives win at every level in the country. We continue to let it continue even though only 14 percent of Americans admit to supporting their agenda. They have infiltrated our nation. They have made it acceptable to allow government officials to say things like, "Hey, you should wear a seat belt. So let's make a law that will fine you if you don't."
"Hey, we feel that throwing more money at education will make it better. Why don't we put the federal government in charge of it and throw lots of money at it." That happened in the 1960s and all it did was make education in the U.S. worse. They create regulations and programs aimed at fixing things because it sounds like a good idea, people buy into it, and then they make them worse.
The same thing with the war on poverty. Trillions of dollars have been thrown into entitlement programs in this country aimed at ending poverty since Johnson's War on Poverty began in the 1960s, and all it resulted in was more people in poverty.
If you need a good example just look at Detroit.
These are the same progressives who stole the name liberal and claimed it for themselves. We need to take it back and let them wallow in their progressivism. We need to let people see them for what they are: people who want to create big government at the expense of liberty.
Liberalism is the exact opposite of what they are. We are liberals. But we will be satisfied with people calling us classical liberals. That's what we are. That's what I am.
As it is, we settle for the name conservative, constitutional conservative, liberatarian conservative, or simply libertarian. That is what we are. But what we really are is classical liberals, or simply liberals. But we can't call ourselves what we really are, because progressives stole and obliterated the meaning of it.
The reason this is important is because you have about 20 percent of people in the democratic party who don't want to be conservatives, and so they stay in the democratic party.
They may not agree with us on everything, but they think like we do. But they don't want to become conservatives because they think that's what Ronald Reagan was and they don't want to be that. But if we call ourselves classical liberals, we can draw all of them together. They may not agree with us on everything, but all classical liberals believe liberty should come before state, and people should not be allowed to vote their freedoms away, regardless what the cause or belief or theory.
Most people understand classical liberalism. They see progressives calling themselves liberals and they say, "I'm a liberal just like them." But what they don't understand is that what they are championing for is not what they think it is.
They have no clue they are championing for progressivism, which is a sister of socialism, communism, Fascism, Fascist Socialism, and all those types of governments. Yet what they truly yearn for is classical liberalism.
People in Europe think of Conservatives as the opposite of classical liberalism, or the opposite of freedom. They think of us as Nazis and Fascist. Yet this is not true, because we are the true liberals. We are the classical liberals. But because the progressive movement stole our name, they have succeeded at re-branding themselves in a better light. They have pulled the wool over the eyes of the world, so to speak.
We need to recreate the image of freedom in the world. We need to recreate what we are, we need to call ourselves classical liberals. This way we can collect all the classical liberals into one party and take our country back.