|Source: The Washington Examiner-|
Libertarians are ultra-conservatives because they see big government as a threat to freedom and civilized society, period, and are opposed completely to big government involved in our economic or personal affairs. Libertarians are much more conservative than the religious right or the neo-right, which sees Americans as having too much personal freedom, and that all of this personal freedom has somehow weakened our national morality. So they are more in favor of government, even big government, when it comes to both our personal and economic affairs.
The neo-liberals that progressives and socialists like to call what I call a New Democrat, (hence the name of this blog) are the New Democrats, the real liberal Democrats who go all the way back to Wendell Willkie in the 1930s and 1940s, when he was politically active. They are what is called the new-left in America that emerged when the Baby Boomers came of age in the 1960s and early 1970s. People who are completely anti-war, anti-military even, who believe capitalism is out of control in America.
The new-left, at the very least, want capitalism scaled back or even to see some industries nationalized or completely taken over by the U.S. Government. They are not the real liberals but are those people who favor big government involved in our lives from both an economic and personal standpoint when it comes to activities they see as dangerous. And yet they are called liberal or modern liberal when they are not very liberal on a host of other issues.
The real liberals are not what were called "Modern Liberals," who apparently emerged with Franklin Roosevelt, a president who was not a fan of civil rights, equal rights for all Americans, and who locked up ethnic Japanese, Italian, and German-Americans during World War II because he believed they were loyal to the countries of their ancestors and not the United States. But the real liberals are the New Democrats, people who are not quite libertarian and anti-government, but who believe the job of government is to protect every American's personal and economic freedom.
Keith Hughes: What is a Libertarian?