We conservatives, libertarians, and other forms of Republicans are, for the most part, liberal. We are for open markets, capitalism, civil rights, and small government. Some Democrats are liberals too. We should not use “liberal” as an offensive word, although many on the dexteroblogosphere are wont to do so (including myself, for which I am ashamed). No, we need to realize that we are, indeed, liberals.
Those whom many accuse of liberalism are really progressives and socialists. They are not liberals: they are leftists. There’s a very clear difference between liberals and leftists.
Differing opinions or perspectives on this are more than welcome.
Sidenote: I find it a bit amusing that the “spectrum” of politics from right to left seems to come together under totalitarianism (the extreme right) and state socialism (the extreme left; note that this is different from democratic socialism, which is to the right of state socialism; as an example, the Scandinavian states are democratic socialist while the USSR was state socialist). So, the extremes of both sides are bad and, at a certain point, one cannot tell them apart.