"Liberalism is not what it started out to be. 20th century classical liberalism 'stressed human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the need for constitutional limitations on government, and, especially, freedom of the individual from any kind of external restraint.' Liberals were usually thought of as kind, generous and compassionate.
"In the 21st century liberalism has taken on a whole new meaning. Liberalism now holds that 'the government should be responsible for providing the minimum conditions necessary for decent individual existence. In the early 20th cent. in Great Britain and France and later in the United States, the welfare state came into existence, and social reform became an accepted governmental role.'”