noun: A person who, because of a brilliantly ineffectual two-party system, has been made out as the "enemy of democracy" in the minds of those currently in power. Every vicious, hateful post against these people (and against conservatives) helps take our minds off of the real ills of society so that we may feel like we're doing good by hating SOMETHING.
Bill: We should fight poverty.
Jim: Yeah, but you wouldn't know how, because you're a stupid pot-smoking hippie naive liberal.
Bill: Well you're a heartless selfish conservative, and I hate your views!
Jim: I hate your views too!
Bill: Well, I feel better about fighting poverty now.
by SamsonIII July 26, 2005
Technically means those people who embrace all elements of society.

However it is more commonly used as a term for any left-winger.
The word 'liberal' is sloppily used.
by RKffffg July 03, 2004
A socio-political group that believes the best way to stamp out things like crime, unacceptable behavior, and other forms of social deviance is to legalize and/or accept everything. However, the hypocrisy of Liberals stems from their intolerance of anything that is not a liberal; i.e., they accept anything but a conservative mindset.

Examples:

1. Drug dealers will no longer be criminals if we legalize drugs, so let's do that.

2. Gays will no longer be ostracized if we legalize gay marriage, so let's do that.

3. Christians are an awfully intolerant lot; let's outlaw Christianity in public places like schools and judicial institutions.

Another political core attribute of the Liberal is to exploit demographics to gain power. This is accomplished by convincing low-income, no income, and/or non-residents (read: illegal aliens) that the rich somehow owe them something, but that the benefit comes from the Liberals and not from the rich who are actually footing the bill. So when the voting booths open, all the people who don't work for a living vote for more people who don't work for a living so that those who do work for a living can work their asses off to support useless people.

This can be seen in the government's "Section 8 Housing" program, where foreigners move to the United States with their 5 children, no husband, and are immediately set up in a free apartment with free food stamps, free health coverage, and free Cox High-Speed Internet and Digital Cable. Don't believe me? I audit Section 8 Housing for a living. I see it first hand. You, the taxpayers, are getting fucked in the ass and not even being kissed first.

Yet another important note about Liberals is that they flaunt surpluses as if the money came out of Heaven like the Manna of the Old Testament. They fail to tell you that an $80 Billion surplus doesn't mean they're frugal, it means they overcharged the taxpayers $80B. Sorry you can't pay your rent, but hey, at least there was an $80 Billion surplus so the government must be doing something right.

The final thing I'll note about Liberals is that they will get all offended by this definition, thinking it implies Conservatives are smarter and/or always right, which is purely not the case. Both sides suck in their own particular way, welcome to human nature.
The Liberals are for Big Government, Big Taxes, Big Spending, and Big Talk. They disguise this by accusing the Conservatives of being Big Brother.
by JustAnotherGuy February 19, 2005
A word very friggin' difficult to define. Can mean different things in different countries and at different times. In America right now it refers to a person supporting left-wing economic and social policies.
Ann Coulter: It's all the liberals' fault!
by Kathryn January 22, 2005
The people who took the Pledge of Allegiance out of schools because it “forces” some kids to say “under god”, However Muslims can still wear their turbans on their heads for their religion because if we told them they couldn’t it would be unconstitutional?
Abdar Al Suckadick doesnt have to stand for the pledge because its against his religion. Meanwhile John Doe saw Mr. Suckadick and told his liberal parents about it and eventually shit went down and good bye freedom. Liberals suck, they fuck everything up by making things complicated

by Freedomisntfree March 19, 2007
Unfortunately, nobody on here has truly captured the meaning of "liberal." Liberal inherently implies desiring change or reform of the current system, whatever that system may be. Conservative is obviously the opposite; it describes something or someone who wants to conserve the status quo and reject change.
Some people get confused by the notion that the United States differs from the rest of the world in terms of its usage of liberal and conservative, but it does not. The reason it does not is because the economic system in place at the foundation of the US was based in a free market, not a restricted one. Therefore, in the US, fiscally conservative implies wanting to conserve what was originally present, a.k.a free market capitalism. Liberal economics in the US obviously steer away from that since, as it was already pointed out, liberal implies change.
In most other countries of the world, liberal economics implies gradually freeing markets more (becoming more capitalistic), instead of less. To some people (see previous posters), this is opposite the system we use in the US, but IT IS NOT. Liberal economics, a.k.a changing the economic system, in other countries means becoming more capitalistic because they originated from oppressive economic systems.
In summary, liberal means advocating change and conservative means advocating conservation. Those definitions apply EVERYWHERE. They may appear opposite in different places, but that's only because the "status quo," or the situations, in those places differ.
person 1: If JFK ran for office today, then he'd probably run with a conservative platform.
person 2: You're absolutely right, because what was liberal in the 1960s is conservative today. That's because the situations have changed, but the terminology hasn't.
by NoVAn January 11, 2007
In general, have most of the good ideas, but are sadly represented on the Internet by whiny, insecure hypocrites (probably high schoolers) who complain (from the anonymosity of their computers) about not being able to criticize the US government or conservatives in general, and then completely SPAZ OUT when anyone DARES criticize their ideas. Free speech is a two-way street mm'kay?

Notice that just about all the definitions that criticize liberals have been deleted or are up for deletion. Granted, some of them were stupid/hateful, but what does that tell you about liberals being "open minded"?

Well the truth is that most liberals in real life are open-minded and cool, but on the web basically act like bizarro-Republicans and aren't actually "liberal" at all, just the political equivalent of poseurs.
In real life:
Jim: Hey Steve, do you think that gays should be allowed to marry?
Steve: Of course. Gay marriage occurs in most of Europe without "eroding family values" or any such nonsense. Why shouldn't they have the same rights as everyone else? It's the 21st century. It's time for America to evolve.

Online:
Jim: Hey Steve, do you think that gays should be allowed to marry?
Steve: OMG You must be a bigot Cristian fundie homophobe!!!! How could you even THINK of questioning gay marriage????? Why don't you go watch more NASCAR and Fox News huh Cleetus?? Huh Jimbo?? Huh Billy Bob??? STUPID BUSH-WORSHIPPING BRAINWASHED RACIST GREEDY NEOCON ILLITERATE INBRED REDNECK FUNDIE CHRISTIAN LEMMING GUN-TOTING SUV-DRIVING FASCIST REPUBLICAN WARMONGER NAZI WINGNUT DITTO-HEAD CHICKENHAWK DRONE!!!!!! WHERE'S YOUR TOLERANCE, HUH? IDIOT!!
Jim: Man, I thought those guys who call people "pinko commie faggots" were assholes. Jeez...
Steve: YOU WORSHIP THE GOP! YOU THINK THE BU$H DICTATORSHIP CAN DO NO WRONG! YOU ARE IGNORANT! NAZI! NAZI! NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!

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