Labels are meaningless. Today's CONservatives seem obsessed with restricting rights....<quoted text>and there is nothing Liberal about this Modern Liberalism either.
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.