At 08:25 PM 10/23/2002, you wrote:
Actually our founding fathers (U.S.) were perfect examples of the classical liberal. Etymology wise the word has roots in the more meaningful term, liberty.Unfortunately, it is what Liberal now means in the US.It used to be that liberal was one that sought to help the underdog with smart assistance from government, while ensuring the freedoms of the average joe. But the term "liberal" has been co-opted by fringe groups in the US. Gore is a perfect example of what liberal now means in the US: follows the extreme environmental tactics, reproductive rights, and the "rights" of perverse groups.
Constitutionalism. I want to be known as a constitutionalist in the tradition of James Madison-father of the Constitution. Labels change and perhaps in the old tradition I would be considered one of the original Whigs. The new title I would wear today is that of conservative-though in its original British connotation the term liberal fits me better than the original meaning of the word conservative.
To show how labels can change or be stolen, a liberal today believes in greater government intervention and less personal freedom for the people, which is practically the opposite of what the old liberals believed years ago. (The Red Carpet, pp. 206-7.)
(Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], 690.)
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