Your confusion exists because you don't understand the true meaning of "liberal."<quoted text>
Well, I consider ALL liberals of today as leftists, it is just this confusing lingo that is burying me. For example, every time my dad hears someone say "red state", he almost has flash backs back to being in prison for having read Time magazine (back in the days). In the rest o the world, RED is RED, but in the US, RED appears to be BLUE and BLUE to be BLOOD RED.
Very confusing, but you are correct. the main message is that they are collectivists and these people are always evil to the core and cannot have a political system without tyranny.
The Democrat Party of today contains very few liberals.