Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Essence of Liberalism

Michael Medved has an excellent article, mostly targeting conservatives, explaining the "essence of liberalism". I think that most liberals would actually agree with his definitions and explanations; the question is whether that path is the right one to take or not. Excerpts:
While the right wants to reward beneficial choices and discourage destructive directions, the left seeks to eliminate or reduce the impact of the disadvantages that result from bad decisions.
Every important element of the liberal program stems from the one central goal of assisting the unfortunate. Pushing for high taxes, expensive social programs, universal health coverage, lunches and breakfasts in the schools, income redistribution, affirmative action, reparations, a higher minimum wage, more generous foreign aid, multiculturalism, gay marriage, protecting endangered species, animal rights, enhancing entitlements, affirming prison rights, providing generous benefits for illegal immigrants – all these leftist imperatives arise from a common commitment to protect the powerless and uplift the unfortunate.
It's a really great piece overall - read the whole thing.