It's time to drop the word liberal from our vocabulary or challenge those who apply it inappropriately. Once liberals chose statism as the route to promote their worldviews, liberalsim began dying, and now it's dead. I want to state first that I've never thought of liberals as bad people. People who choose statism aren't necessarily bad people. I think there are good people who work in government, and there are good people who call themselves liberals. It's not so much about personalities as it is principles.
When good people work in government, it's the systems that create bad results, not that government is filled with people who are incompetent. Yes, there are incompetent people in government, but it's government systems that fail to make them better or move them to positions better suited to the talents or to fire them. Government was never intended to do all the things that government now does, like the VA failure. Good people enter government with the purpose of doing good work, then when systemic failures become evident, there's a defensive posture to protect the particular agency or program. If unions are involved, the problem is compounded if union bosses are bureacrats who survive only through power and rules which make it difficult to fire those who aren't functioning or to end programs or agencies that no longer work or are no longer needed.
Liberalism began as movement among people to limit government power so that people could work together to make things better for all, not just the elite. In America, liberalsim started shifting in 20th century from limited government and economic liberty to statism. Liberals thought that if they could create a benevolent government made up of young, intelligent technocrats, they could design a better world. They had noble goals, but when government systems took on a life of their own, and when good-intentioned individuals involved with these system began rationalizing the failures and attacking their critics.