and there is nothing Liberal about this Modern Liberalism either.<quoted text>
First, there's nothing compassionate about Bush spinning lies to trick our country into an unprovoked war. If it wasn't lies then it was unbelievable incompetence.
Second, conservatism today is in NO way interested in the GENERAL welfare. Why on earth would you make that claim? They don't even pretend to be interested in anyone but themselves.
Third, there are no New Left Democrats. The teabagger movement pushed the definition of right wing so far to the right everything else just appears to have moved to the left. Now even conservatives want nothing to do with these fanatic losers.
What's your point?
Classical Liberalism vs. Modern Liberalism and Modern Conservatism
Basically, classical liberalism is based on a belief in liberty. Even today, one of the clearest statements of this philosophy is found in the Declaration of Independence. In 1776, most people believed that rights came from government. People thought they had only such rights as government elected to give them. But following British philosopher John Locke, Jefferson argued that its the other way around. People have rights apart from government, as part of their nature. Further, people can both form governments and dissolve them. The only legitimate purpose of government is to protect these rights.