Dukakis was once asked in 1988 about abortion and he said something similar to its up to someone's own moral and ethical code to decide for themselves on the issue. While I think that abortion is immoral I generally agree with the general liberal philosophy that someone's own moral and ethical values should determine their own lives but this same liberal philosophy never seems to apply to ones own economic freedom. I do not believe that the modern left is "liberal" in the sense that it was once used a hundred of even fifty years ago. It was considered "liberal" to believe in free enterprise as a right to every individual and what level of wealth the obtain is decided by their own moral values (just like Dukakis said). In other words, if Jesus, Mohamad, or their mother told them that they were to rich then they would stop seeking wealth. They really never had the power to determine the morality of others over the same area unless they adhered to the same moral philosophy as themselves. There was a great deal of freedom in this philosophy because moral authority has a unique power over human behavior that legal authority does not have. Morality, unlike legality, has the power to shape our personalities. A person who runs a red light might be breaking the law but is not considered immoral but the same person who routinely lies through his teeth is condemned by the moral standards of the community. This will cause that person to evaluate his own personality and might change because of that. This is the power of moral law that legal law does not have. It shapes individuals and the society they compose while legal law only restrains us from becoming a danger to the community such as running a red light. What is happening with with our modern political world is that people's own religious moral authority are being replaced with the authority of the state for the end goals of equating the state's legal authority with moral authority. Its the reason why the religion's own moral authority is always under assault by the left because the goal of the modern progressive is to create a state that has the same power of religion to shape individuals in society by equating moral law with legal law. In order for freedom to exist there must be a clear distinction about the purposes of both legal and moral law where the purpose of moral law is to shape the behavior of individuals within society and legal law seeks to protect us from harm from others such as is the case of running a red light.