In the twentieth century, a viewpoint or ideology associated with free political institutions and religious toleration, as well as support for a strong role of government in regulating capitalism and constructing the welfare state. (The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Retrieved April 03, 2008, from Dictionary.com website).
1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c : the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous. (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law. Retrieved April 03, 2008, from Dictionary.com website).
I do not believe that the definition of liberalism goes far enough in describing the modern day liberals. But take a look at the two definitions and then try to figure out how you can have liberalism and still have freedom. It can't be done.
How can you have "the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action" or "liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another" under liberal policies? You can't!
Liberals want to mandate what kind of light bulbs you may use. They forbid access natural resources, forcing us to conduct business with our enemies. They have said that if the oil companies don't invest in alternative energy they will take their profits and do it for them.
They will "go after your wages" or "tax the wealthy" to pay for national health care. They expect people who saved money, bought affordable homes and pay their mortgages to pay their hard earned money to bail out their neighbors that did everything wrong. They have forced mortgage companies to lend money to people who are not credit-worthy, and then told those same mortgage companies that they have to write off their losses.
They want to institute the "fairness doctrine" whereby radio stations will be forced to give equal airtime to unpopular (thereby unprofitable) progams to those that are popular (and thereby profitable). They're all for freedom of choice, unless you choose to own a gun to protect yourself.
The more socialist programs they put in place means you work more for the benefit of others, rather than the benefit of yourself and your family. Their policies have driven up the price of your grocery bill.
The only thing they hate spending your hard earned dollars on is the military. They want to weaken the military, thereby weakening our country and putting your freedom in peril. They are more concerned with what the rest of the world thinks of us than they are with protecting us from the rest of the world.
Don't buy in to what they are trying to sell you. It's worse than snake oil.