Very interesting Jerry. Quite a bit of what you describe would be classic liberalism, not to be associated with what the Democratic Party or most American’s think of liberalism today. The same can be said of traditional conservatism which has nothing to do with the conservatism of today.
Our founding fathers, the likes of John Adams, Ben Franklin, George Washington, et al were the liberals of their day and what could be classified as classic liberals. A liberalism that was against the Monarchy, against any aristocratic forms of government or any other type of totalitarian, authoritarian types of government. They believed in individual freedom, individual liberty not in group security that liberalism of today has become at the very expense of what Classic Liberalism was all for. Classic Liberalism believes in individual liberty within the scope of a Democratic government.
You speak of the nanny state, when a widow from the revolutionary war approached George Washington, then president about a widows pension, President Washington refused. He didn’t believe taxpayers should foot the pension, but he gave her money out of his own pocket. This is the sign of a classic liberal, giving freely of ones own time, energy and money. Not taking other peoples money to give to others, but giving of ones own. Just keep in mind, our country was founded on Liberalism, classical or traditional liberalism. Not what is called Liberalism today.
Ben Franklin once said, “Those who choose security over liberty soon shall have neither.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “A government strong enough to give you everything you want, is also strong enough to take everything you have.”