I have identified as a conservative, Christian Republican. I believe in the authority of a central government and share other beliefs expressed by liberals who follow liberalism in the classical sense of a JFK and an FDR. Ironically, although I identify myself as a conservative, Christian Republican, I seem to believe in an ideology closer to this old liberalism than many of my Facebook friends who claim to be liberals, but, by their comments to my posts, indicate they are really leftists. I don’t know when their liberalism transitioned into the ideology of the New Left, but, from my experience and my reading, this is indeed today’s trend, and, in fact, political pundits recognize that the Democratic Party is leaning more and more to the Left. Let’s look at the difference in ideology between classic liberalism and the leftists.
A liberal, in the classical sense believed in the West’s moral, philosophy, artistic, musical and literary achievements and understood the need to protect Western culture and civilization. Leftists, on the other hand, view Western culture as dominated by white supremacy. Liberals defend our right to free speech, but today we are obviously experiencing some widespread suppression of free speech. Leftists claim that they are only against hate speech, but, as demonstrated in the Antifa movement, their definition of what constitutes hate speech seems to encompass any speech addressing an issue they oppose.
Liberals celebrate America. They understand we are an imperfect people but believe as Lincoln did that “America is the last best hope of earth.” Liberals oppose the creation of a welfare mentality (JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”). I’m sure I’m not the only person who has recognized that the leftist represents a changed attitude towards America. This began in the sixties but became more obvious during the Obama administration where our president’s foreign policy reflected an apologetic view towards other nations, even those nations opposed to our very existence. Of course, it’s no secret that Hollywood has transitioned to the Left and now considers it chic to portray America as a racist, sexist, homophobic and imperialistic nation. Liberals like JFK and FDR believed in a nation state and in protecting our borders (which Clinton also believed in), whereas leftists believe in globalism, seeing themselves as citizens of the world as they advocate for open borders and belittle patriotic nationalism as the road to fascism.
True liberals understand that free enterprise and capitalism represent the economic system most able to lift the masses out of poverty; Leftists oppose capitalism and advocate socialism, a failed economic system that has never worked in any nation throughout history. Venezuela is the latest example of this failure.
Liberals believe in racial integration, whereas leftists divide along racial lines whenever possible with such notions as safe spaces on college campuses for specific minority groups only with no whites being allowed. Leftists also embrace a worldview that racist, white Christian fundamentalists arrived here from Europe, systematically committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved and segregated black people, denied women, gays and other minorities their rights and used capitalism and a rigged legal system in a deliberate effort to oppress poor people for centuries.
True liberals realize the Founding Fathers were visionaries who made difficult choices and compromises to provide us with a system of government unlike any other government the civilized world has ever known. Leftists oppose strict interpretation of the very Constitution which documented and maintains this government.
So, I say again, when I review all the comments made by those who have claimed to be liberals, they express view points that are really leftist. They offer evidence that, over the past five decades, what used to be considered liberalism is now leftism. I didn’t vote for JFK, but when an old conservative dog like me now considers himself to be more of a classic liberal than those who say they still are liberals, this is significant evidence we are being challenged by a movement that will serve to eventually destroy America as we know it, and as we hope it will always be: a country (though flawed) that still serves as the bastion of hope and liberty for the world, a country consisting of a people who are proud to call themselves Americans and wish to see the unity we experienced after the 911 disaster restored.