Leading from Behind is No Way to Lead: What a Second-Term Obama Can Learn from FDR
A I would like to say good friend of mine on Facebook who I won't name in this post but if you are one of the followers. Of http://www.Facebook.com/FRSFreeStates if you are one of my followers, you'll see his name because. I'll mention him when I post this on Facebook, asked me last week after reading one of my blogs and said that he liked what I blog about social insurance. And then basically asked me how do I describe my politics and something to the effect of what Liberalism is to me. Well after you read this post you'll have a pretty good idea of what Liberalism means to me. But he also asked me to recconmend a good book or books about my view of Liberalism and incase you haven't noticed. My view of Liberalism doesn't matchup up with the MSNBC prime time lineup or the Nation Magazine or AlterNet. Or other so called Liberal publications that in a lot of cases aren't Liberal at all but more Socialist instead in a. Democratic sense and I'm embarrassed to say that I couldn't answer his question other then reading a bio of Jack kennedy or Wendell Willkie and other real Liberal Democrats out there.
My vision of Liberalism doesn't come from one book or one author in particular but from a lot of things that I've read. And watched over the years since my early twenties or things that I've watched or read about people being so called Liberals. But then knowing enough about the word Liberal and knowing that these so called Liberals aren't very Liberal at all. And have more Statists and Big Government leanings then they would be Liberal and that the job of government is to make sure that we are as secure. As possible across the board and to do this freedom has to be limited again across the board to make sure we all have as. Much security as possible instead of allowing adults to be able to make these decisions on their own. That yes we'll have people who make better decisions then others, thats what happens in a Liberal Democracy. But at the end of the day thats much better then government preventing us from reaching our full potential. In the name of security for the whole society.
This post is not about what I think President Obama should say Monday at his second inaugural address. I'll write that over the weekend as well as what I thought of the speech hopefully Monday night. But what a Liberal Democracy is and what comes from living in a Liberal society, that Democracy is about. Freedom and a Liberal Democracy is about a Liberal amount of freedom meaning a lot of freedom not government. Which are too different things and that governments job is to handle the things that individuals can't do for themselves. Or do as well and if you saw my post about poverty earlier you know I believe that government has a role there. But not take care of people to keep them down but to empower them so they can get themselves up and be able to take care of themselves. The basic idea of Liberalism is about protecting freedom for those who already have it and still deserve it. And expanding freedom for those who don't have it but need and deserve it.
If you want to know what are the Liberal positions for this issue or that and what the Liberal policy would be. For that issue and those issues, that will take a book probably multiple books that hopefully I'll write myself someday. Or just read this blog everyday and you'll see the Liberal position for this issue or that issue. But the core notion of Liberalism is being about freedom and freedom of choice and having a society and economic system. That promotes those things so we all have the freedom to chart our own course in life as long as we aren't hurting any innocent people. On what John F. Kennedy called Freedom's Road.