"Bill [Clinton] hates them [refugees] and fears them, especially the Cubans. Bill knows the Cubans are crazy. Only crazy people would flee from a country with free medical care, guaranteed employment for life, and first-rate gun control. The president and his sanctimonious twit of a wife have worked for decades to build a society like this, and here people are taking their lives in their hands to get away from it. ... Let's face facts about our disgusting political opponents. We've been nice to the liberals for too long. They're thugs. The liberal dream is to control people, to oppress and exploit them for some "higher" goal. And how are the liberals ever going to be able to control people brave enough to sail to Florida in a rum carton? ... A civilized society should no more tolerate the presence of a liberal than the presence of a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Indeed, it may be argued that liberalism is worse than the KKK, insofar as Klansman only hate some people while liberals hate them all."
P. J. O'Rourke
(1947-2022) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator
Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut (Atlantic Monthly Press 1995) p. 284-85
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The irony of the definition of the word liberal which would be expected to mean support of individual freedoms. However as applied to politics liberals want to do the opposite.
 -- J Allen, Arlington, Va     
    Very well said. The liberals are no longer "liberal". They are a bunch of control freaks who think everyone is bad and must be controlled and regulated. Screw that!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Strange how to similar words as Libertarian and Liberal can have totally opposite meanings.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    P.J. has nailed it. Don't you just love his referrence to Hillary.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    We hold these truths to be self evident.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    A truly talented and intelligent humorist need not stoop to name calling. Such an artist points out our all too common human failings with wry self deprecation. Think Samuel Clemens. Now THAT was a humorist! This P.J. guy? Not fit for human consumption.
     -- Reed H., Green Bay     
    Not Funny Simply True!
     -- Ken, Spokane     
    Too true to be funny. O'Rourke nails it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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