Its hard to believe that at one time being a liberal meant you were someone who valued freedom and freedom of the individual and at one time most Americans considered themselves liberal because it meant being someone who believed that the best route to this was a society where government intervened very little. It believed people's rights were on the individual level only where every person could pursue their own interest whether that be economic, religious, or political without being made to be a cog in the societal machine. Its the kind of liberalism that 80% of Americans would go for in a minute if it was espoused by our politicians but unfortunately both parties are progessive to a certain degree and that was not a liberal movement at all. Most progressives believed that individualism of any kind of was bad for society and had to be stomped out so it was not liberal at all but it has stolen the term "liberal" in order to cover up its true intentions. I like liberalism or at least the classical kind and because of that I get called "conservative". That is fine with me because I believe that that kind of liberalism has to be restored in this country and progresivism has to be wiped off the political map.