War on liberalism
The war on liberalism is an ongoing effort by the political right wing in the United States to discredit a specific set of ideas which they refer to as "liberalism", although that word more properly includes other ideas as well.
The specific ideas under question appear to be those most crucial to a free society such as tolerance, providing for the general welfare, equality before the law, and the rule of law. Ironically, and completely in keeping with the political right's modus operandi, they are calling these ideas unpatriotic, dangerous to liberty, and likely to cause the destruction of the United States.
A common tactic is to equate liberalism with socialism, which itself has been tainted by association with totalitarian regimes such as those in Russia and China.
- A Simple Guide: How Liberalism, a Euphemism for Socialism, Destroys People and Nations (release date unknown, but was being advertised online 2010-11-25) "Is Liberalism really that bad? Isn't Liberalism based on the idea that we should lend a helping hand to the oppressed and poor? Or, does Liberalism slowly take the individual's freedoms away through a steady increase in government interference in our lives and our pocketbooks?"