We're not that bad once you talk to us. Government is at best a means to an end. If I had it my way, I would reduce the fiscal power of the government wherever I could without compromising important protections like universal healthcare and education from K through college. Important things that we advocate are democratic workplaces (workers owning the means of production doesn't sound so bad now, does it?), LGBT rights and the dismantling of the military-industrial complex. See tags for flavors of leftists.
Most of these other definitions just go to show that many haven't departed from the Cold War mindset. Leftist.