One must read US history to understand that the definition of such words as "liberal", "democrat", etc. have changed over time. Heck, in my short lifetime ( 75 years ) the meaning of many words have changed. "Gay" once meant some thing different than what is assumed today. Also "gross" meant meant 144 of something, now it means something altogether different. While Tom Jefferson wasn't perfect, he was far better "Liberal Democrat" than the current crop of "Democrats" At least that's my opinion, to which I'm entitled!!