If you are throwing the word “Liberal” around to disparage someone, this is the first sign that you don’t know the definition of the word itself. The true definition of Liberal should be something to be proud of and to aspire to. Not something to attack other people with.

My father, William Sr. (1920-2006) very learned man, use to ask: “If the definition of Liberal is open-minded, then is an “anti-liberal” a bigot?”. He was trained as a 1940’s lawyer, knew the English language and Latin, and was weaned on rhetoric. So the definition of liberal was an ideal of his time.

But, if you have been reading a string of reader comments to any news story you can see where this country is divided on those red and blue maps of Bush versus Gore and we haven’t gotten beyond that date in 2000.  It is almost as if there needs to be a history lesson about the Civil War and how it settled the issue.  Many on the right are almost asking for second Civil War to resolve where this country is going and what it is about.  The underlying tones of hatred should scare every American to tone it down.

The simple definition of a “liberal” is open-minded and a willingness to change.  The opposite of this is reported to be a “conservative” (although I don’t think this always holds true).  Does this mean these conservative people are closed-minded and afraid of change?  Someone who might be termed a “bigot” ? Certainly, an “anti-liberal”, who would be someone ‘against liberals’ can be called the ‘opposite’ of liberal, or closed-minded and unwilling to change or progress.

People get away from your labels that blackball an entire population and are intended to poison a “thinking” person’s attitudes towards a particular viewpoint.  Labels are vicious like: mick, nigger, hun, kike, dego, spic, wetback, etc.   People have turned the word “liberal” into something bad and not worthy of being.  Posters on the Internet only need to write the word “liberal” and link it with: socialist, welfare queen, Obama, Hillary Clinton and a latte-sipping trust-fund hippie.  The willing audience foams at the mouth; they smell blood in the water.  But wait! Jesus Christ is considered to be the first historical liberal and look what price he paid in his society for helping so many. Don’t people of all faiths and even atheists want to be like this historical figure? Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Franklin, Hamilton were actually proud to have considered themselves “liberals.”  Yet, they were also fiscal conservatives.  But boy, would they be afraid of the right-wing extremist Republicans of today !

People who run around with guns and concealed carry permits and make that the first statement in a public hearing (“we believe the second amendment enforces the first amendment”).  This is intimidation and bragging at its worst.

Look at a dictionary some time:

Liberal as an Adjective:

1.favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.

3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.

4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.

7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

8. open-minded or tolerant, especially free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.

10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.

11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.

12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.

13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.

Liberal as a noun:

14. a person of liberal principles or views, especially in politics or religion.

15. (often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, especially of the Liberal party in Great Britain.

The true definition of Liberal should be something to be proud of and to aspire to. If you are not using the word in this context you are sorely missing the point of the definition. If you use the modifiers “Bleeding Heart” with Liberal then I think you have a real problem with hatred and a lack of understanding of the English language.