Carl Mumpower's lament about our City Council ["Raise a Glass of Kool-Aid for Our Current City Council," Jan. 4 Xpress] is surely misplaced. To say, as he does, that they are all liberal is a compliment, not any sort of criticism. That's because the several definitions of the word “liberal” include favoring political reform, advocating representative government and permitting freedom of action with respect to personal belief or expression. Mumpower's mistake is to conflate being liberal with being a socialist. This is what philosophers call a "persuasive definition," one that is at odds with what a term really means.
Mumpower wants to persuade us that the only alternative to his brand of conservatism is socialism. He fails to see that being a liberal means being able to evaluate all political views on their merits and not by misusing words.
— Leonard S. Carrier