Liberalism has always meant smaller government. It means diplomacy over sanctions. It means bailing out families before the banks. It means constructing an equal field, not selling out to lobbyists. It means that gays can marry and serve It means that America becomes a beacon, not the world's police It means strengthening SS, not making cuts to it It means ending the war on drugs It means ending the war on Bush policies of spying on Americans It means having a humble, small government that leads by example. That is liberalism. But what happened?