If you look at most or at least a lot of the important issues in America and I would now add marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage to that list, as well as legalize gambling to that as well and nondiscrimination of homosexuals and immigration reform to go with abortion and other issues, Americans and I'm one of them tend to be liberal. But we are not a liberal nation in Michael Moore's world of liberalism.
Michael Moore's world of liberalism has to do with the word, well more. Meaning I want a liberal amount of food, water, clothing, coffee whatever the case is. And in a political sense, Moore uses the word liberal to describe his politics as he wants a liberal amount of government. Especially a liberal amount of the Federal Government. Perhaps the Michael Moore's of the world if they don't have the political balls to be called Socialists or even Democratic Socialists, they should call themselves Morists or Morites. People who want more from government. But in a political sense, the word liberal has to do with liberty, individual liberty.
Not more except for more liberty, not more government. Liberal comes from the word liberty. And in politics that means individual liberty not big government but limited government. I'll grant that Michael Moore is a Social Liberal in the sense that he believes in personal freedom. And I respect him for that. But he's a Socialist on economic policy and perhaps a Libertarian on foreign policy. So at best Michael Moore is I guess a Socialist Liberal. Kinda like author Noam Chomsky is a Socialist Libertarian. And if you consider yourself Progressive or Libertarian, you probably know who Noam Chomsky is.
When I think of Liberals like myself or liberalism my political ideology, I don't think of Mike Moore or the so-callrd Progressive Caucus. Quite frankly, I think of people like Jack Kennedy and Tom Jefferson. Governor Martin O'Malley the current Governor of my State of Maryland, the Free State of Maryland that is. I think of people who believe in individual liberty and limited government.
Like in Dick Durbin's case the Deputy Leader of the Senate, someone who openly criticizes the Patriot Act and indefinite detention. Someone who is more in line on these individual liberty issues with Representative Ron Paul a Libertarian, then he's line with President Obama who is a Progressive. Who has taken more a neoconservative view on these issues. Thats what Liberalism is about individual liberty and standing up for it even when the leader of your party doesn't. It's not about big government and creating a new social insurance program to solve all of our problems and build a Socialist Utopia for America, but empowering people to solve their own problems.
Mike Moore doesn't understand what liberalism is at least not at it;s full scale. He's got the social issues down and I respect him for that but he doesn't understand personal freedom isn't worth much without economic freedom. And he believes you can be a big believer in personal liberalism. But then also a big believer in big government on economic policy and still be a Liberal. It doesn't work like that.