Liberal vs Democrat
A political party in the United States with a philosophy that advocates economic and social equality, a welfare base state, and governmental regulations that are meant to promote public interest. It also supports progressive taxation and a strong social safety net to support the poor and working class.
The Democratic Party grew out of the New Deal era of Franklin Roosevelt’s government. Its philosophy is based on modern liberalism, an economic and social ideology that combines the theories of Keynes with a strong emphasis on social and community responsibility.
Historically, the term liberal refers to those who believe in individual freedom and democracy, while conservatives are those who believe in a stronger role for government, more regulation, a smaller government and services such as free universal health care to be provided by the government rather than the private sector.
Many people who identify as liberals believe in social justice and equality. They want to see that everyone has access to education, healthcare and other essential social services.
They also believe in protecting the environment and ensuring that all citizens are treated with dignity. They often believe in a more moderate approach to politics and oppose the death penalty.
In addition, some people may choose to identify as a “progressive” instead of a liberal. These individuals believe that it is the government’s job to help disadvantaged groups overcome past discrimination and systemic issues that caused those problems.
The share of self-identified liberals has dropped significantly in the United States over the last several years, particularly among younger voters. This has led to a shift away from the ideological left, which has previously been the dominant ideology in American politics, toward the more conservative wing of the Republican Party.