Dear Lover of 1984-Style Government (aka, a liberal):
I'm always amazed how distorted the political name-calling has gotten. White means black and black means white. From http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/liberal:
From Old French liberal < Latin liberalis ("befitting a freeman") < liber ("free").
1. (now rare except in phrases) Pertaining to those arts and sciences whose study was considered "worthy of a free man" (as opposed to servile, mechanical); worthy, befitting a gentleman.
2. Generous, bountiful.
3. Generous in quantity, abundant.
4. (obsolete) Unrestrained, licentious.
5. Free from prejudice or narrow-mindedness; open-minded, open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions, conventions etc.; permissive.
6. (politics) Open to political or social changes and reforms in favour of increased freedom or democracy.