I've recently embraced the term "classical liberal." I like to participate in the Republican Party, where an increasing percentage may see "liberal" as not necessarily a pejorative term, but one unfortunately misrepresented by "big government" proponents identifying with that label within the last 100 years. I believe the phrase clarifies both the founders' philosophy towards government and the direction towards which I believe the Republican Party should aim. Too often these days, the vague terms "conservative" and "liberal" are used loosely, leading to division and confusion as each listener has a unique association with their meanings. "Libertarian" works in only some small-group circumstances, provided "lowercase L" is emphasized. "Republican" can be too vague as it's often necessary to clarify that I don't agree with the legislative voting records or executive actions taken by many members of the party.
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