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Can We Please Stop Praising The Enemies Of Liberty On The Left With The Term ‘Liberal’?

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Here are the top 5 reasons to stop applauding the Left with a word that implies they defend Liberty when they clearly do not.

Recent events have clearly demonstrated the Left is no longer Liberal. Perhaps that was never the case in the first place, but at present the evidence is quite clear. The Left is no longer a champion of Liberty.

We’ve all heard the rationale for this incorrect usage, such as words have changed meanings over the years. Well, words haven’t really changed, the fact is the root word for Liberal is the same as Liberty – this why they sound very similar and convey the same idea. So why compliment deceptive people who have turned their back on freedom?

So here are the Top 5 reasons – in order of importance – to stop participating in Leftist propaganda efforts.

5. Leftist and Liberal are easily interchangeable.

Old habits die-hard, many of us are just used to referring to Leftists as Liberals. Well, it’s very important to get out of that habit. Both start with the letter ‘L’ and have the same number of characters, so why not use the correct word?

4. Leftism [Socialism] and Liberalism are based on two entirely different concepts.

The Oxford English dictionary defines the term left in part as:

2 (often the Left) [treated as singular or plural] A group or party favouring radical, reforming, or socialist views:
Origin Old English lyft, left ‘weak’ (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body), of West Germanic origin.

The Oxford English dictionary defines the term Liberal in part as:

Favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
1.2(In a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade
Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man)’.

Leftists are of a collectivist ideology while Liberals are individualists. These are two entirely different concepts that should not be confused with each other. Contradictory phrases such as ‘Far-Left Liberals’ do not make any sense because they refer to ideologies in opposition to each other. This would be akin to describing something as being Ice-Fire or Gas-solid.

Incorrect usage of these words not only confuses the issue, but this dangerously uniformed habit also reflects also badly on the Conservative cause.

3. Collectivism clearly belongs on the Socialist-Left while the word closely related to Liberty belongs on the Conservative-Right.

Again, Leftists are collectivists, while Liberals (favouring individual liberty) are individualists. They have much more in common with Conservatarians than Leftists.

Consider this quote for the Washington Post piece on Justice John Paul Stevens’ call to repeal the second amendment:

A party that was once afraid of being saddled with supporting “government-run” health care is increasingly okay with the word “liberal” and even voted in droves for a self-described socialist in 2016.

This highlights the contradictory nature of the Socialist-Left’s exploitation of the word Liberal. Collectivist [socialist] ideologies require the application of force for the implementation of their national agenda. This quite adverse to the cause of Liberty and illustrates the sheer hypocrisy in their use of this label.

Conservatives, Libertarians and Liberals are on the Right side of the political spectrum, while the authoritarian Socialists are of the Left, using the wrong word blurs this distinction.

2. Before the word was hijacked by the Left, Liberal ideals were essentially Conservative ideals.

This goes back to the ‘words have changed meaning’ rationale, except that they haven’t.

The defining principles of the word Liberal of being “favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms and (In a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade” are very much in line with Conservative principles. The word really hasn’t changed in meaning and it is closely associated with freedom. Liberty still has the same definition, so why wouldn’t that apply to a word with the same origins and a similar meaning?

Dr. Everett Piper wrote a book awhile back entitled: “Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas” demonstrating that Conservatives and Liberals are essentially one in the same.

1. Using the wrong ‘L’ word undeserving praises the Left while insulting true Liberals who are potential allies in the cause of Conserving Liberty.

Conservatives derogatorily referring to Liberals is an insult to those who are true to the word. These are potential allies in the cause, so what is the point in attacking them? As mentioned before , it’s just a matter of using one ‘L’ word of the same length for another, but it will make a world of difference.

Mislabelling Leftists as a Liberals is undeservingly complimentary to them. The Left has turned their back to the cause of Liberty, so why congratulate them with a label that implies the opposite?

The Bottom Line.

In his superb video Dennis Prager pointed out that: We are fighting the Left, not Liberals.  He also asserted that we are in a non-violent civil war with the Left. It is imperative that we at least adopt some message discipline beginning with the words we use. There is absolutely no reason to confuse the issue and praise the enemies of Liberty on the Left with the undeserved label of Liberal. So for the sake of truly preserving Liberty, please stop doing so.
Please refer to some of these fine dissertations and videos on the subject. These illustrate the point that Leftist do not deserve the praise garnered from being labelled as Liberals.

Video: You’re Not A Liberal!

Video: We are fighting the Left, not Liberals – Dennis Prager.

PragerU Video: Why I Left the Left

Leftism Is Not Liberalism

Leftists are not Liberal Despite Common Misconceptions

 

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  1. Gar

    April 8, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I think that the appropriate term is Libertine, but we’ve allowed Democrats to distort the word liberal and then we hung it around their necks.

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Since leftist media won’t say it: Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

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Since leftist media wont say it Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

The dramatic shift in how mainstream media characterizes terrorist attacks over the years reached what I hope is the pinnacle of their obfuscation today. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian churches and areas where Christians were likely to gather were committed on Easter Sunday by Muslims in a city known for radicalization. This was a clear and unambiguous attack by radical Islamic terrorists specifically targeting Christians.

But you’ll have a hard time coming to that conclusion if all you’re reading or watching is leftist mainstream media.

The reporting today has been in stark contrast to the immediate labeling and narrative-building surrounding the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques last month. There was zero doubt based on media reporting that the attacks were targeting Muslims. But today, it’s hard to even find the word “Christian” in any of the posts or news reports. On top of that, there’s a stark difference when reading the Tweets of condolences from leftists who refuse to acknowledge this as an attack against Christianity despite the immediate and crystal clear labeling of the New Zealand mosque incidents as attacks targeting Muslims.

Some of this was noted by Brittany Pettibone:

OAN’s Jack Posobiec added that a new phrase has been coined by the media regarding the Notre-Dame fire:

Was this the same response they were giving following the Christchurch attacks? No. As Imam Mohamad Tawhidi noted, the differences were very clear.

Why do the media and leftist politicians do this? Why are they quick to label attacks against any other religious group exactly as they appear, but they’re so unwilling to call out any attacks against Christians as attacks against Christians?

This is the time we’re in, folks. The left has a narrative they want jammed into our heads and that narrative has no room for acknowledging violence and persecution is committed against Christians. The only stories that fit their narratives are stories that can blame Christians for wrongdoing. In those cases, the perpetrators’ status as Christians is broadcast loud and clear. But if Christians are victims, the left will go to extreme lengths to negate that fact from the record.

Of all the major news outlets, I was only able to find one that didn’t shy away from the truth. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board stands alone in declaring the intended victims of this attack as who they are and why they were targeted.

WSJ Editorial Board

The intentional suppression of what happened, who committed it, and who was targeted is beyond insulting. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka are being framed by the media as some people did something.

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Romans 8:18 – ‘sufferings of this present time’

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Romans 8:18 sufferings of this present time

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (KJV)

There has been suffering around the world since the fall of man to sin. While this suffering will persist until the second coming of Christ, we are to remember that it our suffering is not to be regarded as important. It doesn’t matter what hardships face us. The reward at the end is so much greater than anything we can be put through in this life.

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People of the Judeo-Christian faiths should expect attacks to rise

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People of the Judeo-Christian faiths should expect attacks to rise

If you get your news from American mainstream media, two connected narratives are constantly pushed when it comes to religions. First, there is no real persecution against those who practice a Judeo-Christian religion or believe in the Bible. Second, all other religions as well as those who claim no religion are the real victims every time.

Every time.

It isn’t just the blatant attacks, such as the Sri Lanka terrorist attack (almost certainly) perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists. It’s the subtle attacks, the ones that don’t get much coverage but that are attacks on our faith nonetheless. We should expect these attacks to continue. We should expect these attacks to rise.

Whether you believe we are in the Biblical end times or not, you should heed the warnings from both the New and Old Testament. Just as antisemitism was prophesied and has continued to come to fruition throughout history, so too was persecution of believers in Christ prophesied and continues to be demonstrated daily. In America, faith was once a badge of honor warn by arguably too many people, even those who didn’t really share it. Now that it’s not nearly as socially beneficial as it was just a decade or two ago, we’re seeing a falling away from the church. This is not surprising. Lukewarm Christians are seeing fewer benefits from their supposed faith manifesting in this world and are therefore less inclined to embrace it.

We have entered a time in history where the subtle attacks and the blatant attacks are going to continue to rise. It was foretold and is coming to pass before our eyes. That doesn’t mean the Great Tribulation starts tomorrow, but it also doesn’t mean it won’t. It could be this year, next year, a hundred years, or a thousand years from now. Regardless of when that time comes, the persecution is on course to continue, to spread, and to worsen.

Churches are burning, and not just Notre-Dame cathedral. That one may have drawn all the headlines, but it’s not a new development. Atheism and Islam are growing and their adherents are acting more boldly. The Islamic State, though proclaimed to be dead, is rising in ways that don’t draw the attention of the press but that’s clear and present to those who are watching.

Now is the time for the faithful to make our voices heard. It won’t be easy. The noise that continuously attempts to drown us out has become a cacophony of blasphemous sound that threatens to suppress those who choose to share the Gospel, but we must not let that dissuade us from walking the proper path. As Matthew 7:13-14 says:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We must not be shaken from our faith by the persecution and attacks being waged against us. Some attacks are physical. Others are intellectual. Some are blatant. Others are subtle. Wear the Armor of God and stay true to the faith.

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