I love America because it is one of the few countries in the world, if not the only country, where the people and not the government control what happens in their lives. I believe in freedom and responsibility. America is the original, oldest, and, perhaps, only true constitutional liberal democracy in the world.
The idea that government can’t do everything is a main difference between liberal democrats and social democrats. Another is the concept that freedom is coupled with responsibility, that people have the right to live their lives as they see fit as long as they’re not injuring others but they’re responsible for decision’s that they make.Another liberal value is equal opportunity. People in America have the right to live up to their potential and this cannot be denied because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, national origin, or any other personal characteristic.
Another liberal value is that one of the roles of government is to empower people who are facing hard times to help themselves rather then relying on the private market or subsidizing them forever. Liberals believe the role of government is to protect, defend, represent, serve, set the rules, empower people in need and be fiscally responsible.
He also believed that people who were down should be given a hand up rather then a hand to the face. Bill Clinton showed that there was nothing wrong with America that couldn’t be fixed with what is right with America. He redefined liberalism for America.
When Clinton and Gore were elected in November, 1992, I changed from being a casual follower of politics to being hooked on politics. They showed America that it was still great. Even though it was facing major problems, they had a vision of how to fix them.