With the Democratic National Convention dead ahead, this seems like a good time to take in Winston’s wisdom about what true Liberalism is, as a reminder of how far today’s “liberals” have corrupted a once-noble tradition. From a 1909 speech at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester:
In my judgment, a Liberal is a man who ought to stand as a restraining force against an extravagant policy. He is a man who ought to keep cool in the presence of jingo clamour. He is a man who believes that confidence between nations begets confidence, and that the spirit of peace and good-will makes the safety it seeks. And, above all, I think a Liberal is a man who should keep a sour look for scaremongers of every kind and of every size, however distinguished, however ridiculous—and sometimes the most distinguished are the most ridiculous—a cold, chilling, sour look for all of them, whether their panic comes from the sea or the air or from the earth or from the waters under the earth.
Why does the last sentence make me think of Al Gore, and silly presidents who say they’ll halt the rise of the seas?