Never mind that there is zero correlation between the political ideology called liberalism and the cascading scandals of the Obama administration. If anything, it’s the opposite: it’s the undeniably illiberal actions of people within the government that has created these crises. To suggest that any of this happened because the government is too big, or even that the aim of liberalism is to make government bigger, is a gross distortion. Scandals happen under every president, regardless of the size of the government and regardless of the political ideology of the leader of that government. …

What about the Department of Justice spying on reporters in an effort to ferret out whistle-blowers? This would count as a big government intrusion, but it’s not liberal. In fact, it’s just the kind of expansive government power conservatives have championed and true liberals loathe. There is nothing liberal about Obama’s full embrace of the George W. Bush agenda to expand executive power to infringe on American’s civil liberties. The fact that there have been so few intellectually honest liberals calling Obama out for this government abuse is not an indictment of liberalism, it’s an indictment of the institutional left who behave more like ends-justify-the-means Obama cultists than liberals.