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Someone in Hampton, VA might want to combat this Letter-to-the-Editor

Discussion in 'Legal' started by tyme, Jun 3, 2004.

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  1. tyme

    tyme Member

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    http://www.dailypress.com/news/opinion/dp-19316sy0jun03,0,1936104.story?coll=dp-opinion-editorials

    (second letter)
    (No, Mr. Weinberg, they consider support of government-sponsored welfare, both social and environmental, to be a character flaw. Assault weapons have nothing to do with the issue, and from context you seem to have no idea what assault weapons are.)
     
  2. dischord

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    No, liberal was originally defined as a supporter of liberty (and that's still how it is used in Europe). Look at the root word.

    I'm 3 hours away in NoVa, but at least I'm in Virginia, so I sent:

    While Sam Weinberg (letters, June 6) is correct that conservatives over use the word "liberal" as a pejorative, he is wrong that the word was "originally defined as a progressive philosophy of government." Rather, the word originally meant a supporter of liberty, and the American left’s “progressive philosophy of government†often is at odds with liberty, supporting it for some actions (like abortion) but opposing it for others (like gun ownership). Thus the word "libertarian" was coined in the 20th Century to describe what "liberal" once described in the 18th Century.



    ... or was I supposed to write about assault weapons? ;)
     
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