Liberals used to be counted on to defend basic civil liberties throughout the 20th, especially during the Cold War.
However, things have changed significantly in recent times. Liberal Democrats were completely silent after the British government ordered the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he will face espionage charges.
This move represented a major assault on journalists and likely sets dangerous precedents for journalists who dare to expose the national security state. Liberals pulled a Houdini act and were nowhere to be found when it came to defending civil liberties in this instance.
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene assumed the call of defending free speech when Assange faces likely imprisonment, a move that surprised many onlookers.