Liberalism is an overarching philosophy, which in the political sphere represents the best in American ideals. In colonial times in America when American colonists were often bigoted and narrow minded there sprung up a liberalism that fed the culture which developed into an independent American identity. Leftism is a narrow political label which rightly is attached to narrow minded and bigoted leftists (just as far right wing is apolitical label rightly attached to narrow minded and bigoted right wingers). One problem I have with the average joe/jane nitiwts in this country is that they often mistakenly equate leftism with liberalism. This is the kind of idiocy populists like O'Reilly. Michael Moore and Limbaugh propagate in order to sell shit to the American public. Just as the far right has ruined the term liberal in the minds of most people, it has finally ruined the term conservative in their minds. America has more to fear from the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/fear-brokers-Thomas-J-McIntyre/dp/0807032476"]Fear Brokers [/ame]of the far right than from any left wing nitwit, afterall when was the last time a truly leftist politician or spokesman got anything they believed in shoved down the throats of the American public? I can only name two truly leftist politicians who have been elected to the US House ... Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich and neither of these elected officails has produced anything (that I can recall) that has affected the lives of the average joe who so fears leftism. So maybe leftisms is just a strawman/boogyman created by the far right to keep you average joes and janes all wet and stupid.