Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis, "of freedom") is the belief in the importance of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but most liberals support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, free trade, secularism, and the market economy. These ideas are often accepted even among political groups that do not openly profess a liberal ideological orientation. Liberalism encompasses several intellectual trends and traditions, but the dominant variants are classical liberalism, which became popular in the 18th century, and social liberalism, which became popular in the 20th century.
I live in the most liberal Congressional Districts in the South. It is one of those gerry-mandered Districts that has slowly slid into the far left agenda. To put this District into perspective, although located squarely in the South, Obama won by more than a thirty percent margin in my District. Having received the recent results of a survey that I participated in not too long ago, there are some very troubling trends. I am shocked at the statistics and wanted … more