To The Daily Sun,

Most people have come to think of liberal and left as the same, but that is not true. Liberalism and leftism have almost nothing in common. The perception that there is no difference between a liberal and a leftist/progressive/socialist is explained by the fact that leftists have stolen the word “liberal” and changed its meaning so effectively that almost everyone accepts that the words are synonyms, though they are closer to antonyms. Let’s look at some examples:

Race: The liberal position on race is that the color of a person’s skin is insignificant. They are committed to integration. Those who believe race is significant are racists. Leftists believe race is what is important and that the liberal position is racist. Here’s what that means in practice. The University of California officially lists the statement that, “There is only one race, the human race” as racist. Academia is controlled by leftists who are committed to racial segregation evidenced by their support for racially segregated dormitories and graduations.

Capitalism: Liberals are committed to capitalism and support free enterprise. They know capitalism is demonstrably the most effective way to lift people out of poverty. Liberals want government to play a bigger role in the economy than conservatives but they have always supported capitalism and never supported socialism. Opposition to capitalism and support of socialism are leftist values.

Nationalism: Liberals believe in the nation state, want to protect American sovereignty and her borders. When the writers of superman were liberal he was a proud American whose motto was “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Because leftists divide the world by class rather than by national identity they have always opposed nationalism and are for open borders. When leftist writers took over the Superman comic strip they had superman renounce his U.S. citizenship making him become a citizen of the world. The left has contempt for nationalism, describing it as the road to fascism, a form of radical authoritarian government characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce… but those are exactly the tools of the left. Liberals oppose use of those tools because they reduce freedom.

Free speech: Liberals are committed to the principle embodied by the statement, “I wholly disapprove of what you say. But I will defend to the death, your right to say it.” For liberals, protecting hate speech is the entire point of free speech. Leftists are leading the first suppression of free speech movement in modern American history; from our universities to tech companies control of the internet to almost every other organization. Leftists claim they are only suppressing “hate speech” but for leftists hate speech is speaking in support of anything with which they differ.

Western Civilization: Liberals have always sought to protect Western civilization by celebrating the west’s moral, philosophical, artistic and literary achievements. Probably the most venerated American liberal was FDR, who often cited the need to protect Western civilization and/or Christian civilization. When President Trump spoke of the need to protect Western civilization in Warsaw in July of 2017 the leftist media denounced him. They argued that Western civilization is no better than any other and that Western civilization is a euphemism for white supremacy. Leftists have either very short or very selective memories.

So why don’t more liberals oppose leftists and their anti-American intolerance? Liberals have been taught all of their lives to fear the right. It is instructive to note that attorney and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, has cautioned, “As a liberal, as an American and as a Jew… I far more fear the left than the right.” Believe it or not, fellow liberals, conservatives are not your enemy leftists are. Just food for thought.

Marc Abear

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