The Republican party is known for being very conservative, While the Democrat party is known for being very liberal. Thus, I would argue that almost all liberals are Democrats and all conservatives are Republicans by the transitive property used in mathematics. Besides, It's a much simpler way to view things.
Liberals are apart of the left wing movement and so are democrats. That doesn't mean that liberals are democrats, what does is that a large 'unspecified' percent of liberals classify themselves as democrats. Even some moderate democrats to even light democrats call themselves liberal. The same would go for a conservative. The only slight difference is that one side is more vocal.
Most liberals describe themselves as democrat, due to the fact that they are willing to shed a little American blood to save face. On the other hand, all conservatives are republicans because put the American people they took an oath to protect in front of hurting people's feelings. Repblicans are much more sensible in every sense of the word, as they take the lives of the American people considerably more seriously, as they take action, and are proactive as opposed to reactive. Go Rubio
In an American sense, yes liberal equals democrat. In an international sense, their profession would be mild social democracy and practice centre-right neoliberalism. The word liberal, like many other political terms, has a lot of propaganda surrounding it here in the States that is is hard for people to realize what these words actually mean.
While it is not an absolute, Democrats are often labeled as liberal, just as Republicans are often described as conservative. However, someone does not have to be a liberal to be a Democrat. All Democrat policies are not necessarily liberal either. But the majority of people who describe themselves as liberals belong to the Democratic Party.
Liberal is tolerant, the majority of Democrats are not. The definition, according to Webster:
1.Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values. While Democrats
are more than willing, and flat out do advocate, the latter in many cases, the sheer majority
of the leadership and even those I've personally spoken to are anything but open to new opinions
or behaviour that disagree with them. Therefore they do not fit the definition. I would argue
that Libertarians are more in line with true libralism, as they, or at least those I've talked to,
advocate free will and take the stance, "I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to the
death your right to say it," which is the noble stance that so-called "Liberals" used to take. I
say "So-called" because, again, people call Democrats Liberal when the majority are anything but.
To dumb it down, we are not all in the same page. All of our opinions are in conflict with each other. For example I'm a Democrat. I like having guns, most would disagree with me. I'm against trangenders going into the wrong bathroom but I believe in gay marriage. Liberals want marihuana, I'm against it. I believe 9/11 wasn't a conspiracy ,but pissed off Muslims.
The term liberal means free... As in free market. The Republicans were considered liberal at one time because of freedom of trade. Freedom of market, etc.
Going forward in time, liberal is more in tune with the term libertarian. That means squarely in the middle of things. In other words, neither left wing, nor right wing. Neither Conservative nor radical. Which, the Democrats are not.
So, are the Democrats liberal? No. Are they free thinking? To a point, but are very closed minded to hearing opposing arguments much of the time, so no. They are not liberal, they are Democrat/Progressive.
"Liberal" is a term Conservative Republicans throw out as an insult to anyone who doesn't see the world exactly as they do. It's much more complicated than that. I actually support about 50% of both Republican and Democrat issues, depending on the plans set forth to incorporate them. I think most Americans are somewhere in the middle, to be honest. It's unfortunate the two parties hold basically a monopoly on all major political positions. The lack of term limits ensures this will always be the case.
The Republican party has been fighting wars and cutting taxes (mostly on the richest Americans) for years. That doesn't sound financially conservative to me. If we are going to fight wars, we should pay for them. Democrats advocate for higher minimum wages. I think companies should have to pay the true cost of their employees. The taxpayer pays the high cost of the low wage employees. Higher taxes are necessary to pay for health benefits of those employees as well as food and housing assistance.
What if low paying company X relied completely on a machine and didn't hire anyone? What if that company didn't wan to pay for machine repair or even to protect the machine from the elements? Should the taxpayer pay those costs for the employer? It's the same thing. Low wages are not a conservative value.
America or rather Americans don't even understand the ideologies that they label themselves with.
The label Liberal, which was used to identify people who subscribe to the "Liberalism" school of thought has been abused and now used to label people who do not practice anything akin to the original "Liberalism" school of thought.
People do not even understand "Liberalism" yet constantly abuse the "Liberals" tag just as how the "Conservatives" do not practice "Conservatism".
In a nutshell, Americans need to learn how to use Google and attempt to read the works of the originators of the individual ideologies before they even start discussing or even speaking about them.
As a Conservative speaking, no. You have moderate democrats, you have democrats, you have liberal democrats, and you progressive liberals. Most of the people who I know personally, are moderates or average democrats. But more and more people tend to be getting more liberal, especially this generation. But that doesn't automatically mean you're a liberal.
Most Democrats has always been conservative, especially in the 19th and 20th century. The label came to be after WWII when the LIBERAL Republicans didn't want to be compared to Soviet communists because they were the party of equality and reform, so they switched positions in order to maintain their position in Congress. There is also a chart categorizing modern voters by ideals, 40% conservative, 41% moderate, and 19% liberal, but more people voted Democrat, so there's that. Now, the Democratic Party has to appeal to anyone that the Republicans have not shunned in order to survive in Congress, including the one-issue, watered-down Marxists of today.
it is true that the democratic party has shared some of the same ideas as the liberals but this does not make them the same party. the liberal party is a lot more extreme than the democrats and should not be consider the same party for they have and always will disagree. its the same as the conservatives and the republicans.
The Democratic party is generally rather moderate in its policies. Some of its stances are liberal, but others are actually rather conservative. In addition, right wing talk radio has made "liberal" something of a dirty word so a lot of Democrats would rather not be called "liberal" even if they fit the definition.