posted on Jan, 19 2011 @ 08:36 AM
As the political landscape began to change in the 60's, perhaps due to the shift in emphasis from meaningful policies to being able to be popular,
other things began to change as well.
Certain buzz words became the norm in US politics, and from there crept into the electoral systems of other countries.
No longer was it enough to outline policies, it became increasingly essential (especially in the information age) to be able to smear or discredit
political opponents by the use of certain buzzwords, invented solely for that very purpose.
We could spend a long time going through the list of political "hate speech" but really, I would just like to focus on the most misunderstood word
To some this word sends shivers of apprehension down the spine, as it allegedly denotes connotations of anti-everything hippies protesting wildly
against whatever bee they have in their bonnet at a particular time, while being castigated by the "freedom loving" political brethren.
However, it is important to note one very important thing which has been lost amongst the rhetoric - Liberal comes from the latin "Liberalis"
meaning literally "of freedom"
The Liberal ideal is not one of social upheaval, but is one of supporting freedom, whether that be through constitutions, human rights, capitalism,
equal rights or fair trade.
The Liberal ideal is freedom for all - not for the minority who can buy it, but for absolutely everyone, within the confines of a system of social
justice and societal laws.
In my opinion, this is why Liberal has become a dirty word, and why certain people in the hierarchy of world power have for so long sought to taint
those who believe in these ideals.
Nothing scares TPTB more than the idea of truly free people, so we see more and more laws being passed which MAY eventually make a criminal out of
every one of us, in however small a capacity.
The "right" and "left" do not share the idea that we should all have maximum freedom - the right and left both have their own agenda's which are
anti-freedom in so many ways.
The only political ideology with freedom in its name and at its core is the Liberal ideology.