And I've never understood how we got to this present situation where politicians of both left and right use it to smear their opponents.
Here's how my Pocket Oxford Dictionary defines it.
Open-handed, generous, not sparing (of), abundant, (of persons, conduct, provision made etc); open-minded, unprejudiced, free from pedantry; (Pol.) advocating democratic reforms......
So what's not to like? I'm seeing a bowl full of scrumptious rosy apples- and you're telling me they're rotten?
I think there's some sort of mean trick being played on us here.
I'm a liberal. Or try to be- it's a high ideal. And I want to live in a liberal society.