Why I am a liberal.
Original post made by Alice Smith, Green Acres, on Oct 24, 2008
"Liberalism is a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that consider individual liberty to be the most important political goal.
Liberalism emphasizes individual rights and equality of opportunity. Different forms of liberalism may propose very different policies, but they are generally united by their support for a number of principles, including freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, an individual's right to private property, free markets, and a transparent system of government.All liberals as well as some adherents of other political ideologies support some variant of the form of government known as liberal democracy, with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law.
Modern liberalism has its roots in the Age of Enlightenment and rejected many foundational assumptions that dominated most earlier theories of government, such as the Divine Right of Kings, hereditary status, established religion, and economic protectionism."