For the longest time, I’ve been saying that the words ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ have been co-opted by the Left in order to make themselves more appealing to those of us ignorant of the true meaning of the words.
Today, on Big Government’s website, an article was posted by Kerry J Byrne that agrees with me on at least one of those words:
Members of the Tea Party movement? They’re nothing more than average, ordinary American men and women, from all walks of life (as we learned in a Gallup Poll this week), standing up for limited government. There could be no more American, no more classically liberal point of view: “the government answers to us, we do not answer to the government.” But the Tea Party movement is, like Thomas or Palin, savaged by the intolerant left: “redneck tea-bagging racists” was the juvenile taunt of one prominent leftist advocate. Real “liberals” would support the Tea Party movement. Leftists oppose it.
I hate to toot my own horn, but now since people are coming around to pointing out the Left’s hypocrisy of using ‘liberal’, now we just need to get more people to point out the real Progressive Party in America was the Bull Moose Party of Teddy Roosevelt (a Republican fighting the establishment Republicans). Unfortunately, it is also an example of why a third party at this time is idiocy, as Roosevelt’s Progressives caused the election of Woodrow Wilson, the first fully Leftist president in our country’s history.