Liberal is often a term associated with the Democratic party, but a small majority of the American population gives credence to the less popular but equally as important Liberal party. There are a variety of different liberal parties around the globe. There is a Liberal party in the UK and in Canada the Liberal party is the oldest federally registered party. In Britain the liberal party was one of the two major political parties until it merged with the Social Democrat party to form the Liberal Democrats. The United States Liberal Party was formed in 1944 in New York City. In New York State the party is the most popular existing third party and has been around for the longest period of time out of any of the existing third parties. The Liberal party still possesses a strong influence in New York State politics and seeks to support candidates that are progressive and can effectively meet challenges. Liberal parties advocate individual and civil rights. The Liberal party has often been criticized for having too close of ties to the Democratic party, however the Liberal party states that they stand for a wider range of social and economic reforms than the Democratic party. The Liberal party promises major parties support in order to influence a candidate regarding certain issues.
Liberal parties are pro-choice and support a woman’s right to choose. Choice is a fundamental and essential civil right that should be extended to all citizens, and should a woman feel that abortion is in her best interest she should have the right to choose abortion. Liberal parties believe that it is extremely important to provide access to good and affordable health care for all American citizens. The party supports universal health insurance. Every American citizen needs to have access to health care when they are sick and should not be denied this because of a lack of financial resources. Liberal parties support detailed civil rights legislation to make sure that members of groups that have been historically discriminated against based on religion, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic class, are no longer faced with discrimination within the education system, in the workplace, or anywhere else. The United States and the rest of the world are currently experiencing an environmental crisis. Climate change, excessive pollution and global warming are threatening the survival of struggling and endangered species and also negatively effecting the health of the human population. Liberal parties recognize that a government’s primary duty is to provide protection to it’s citizens and seeks ensure that no harm come to them. All human beings have the right to expect protection and safety from their government. Liberal parties believe that people who are responsible for committing crimes must be punished for their actions with life imprisonment. Though the Liberal party supports life imprisonment without parole, liberal parties are generally opposed to the death penalty. Although the Liberal party seems to have similar ideas as the Democratic party, the two parties’ political agendas differ in multiple areas.