Liberals are confused. They don't know whether to move closer to libertarianism or progressivism. The anger liberals express toward libertarians is based mainly on being cornered. Liberals know that State interventionism is harming the country, but they still hold onto the jusitification that soon things will get better with less inequality and more social justice -- however, their stubborn support of Obama, progressives and the Democratic Party is quickly degenerating from hope and change to pathological denial. Some liberals accept that the progressive movement has led them into a dark alley, but they don't know where to go to escape.
Progressivism has been the problem, while liberalism could be seen as misguided confidence in the State to make life better, yet if liberals continue to support the progressive agenda, directly or indirectly, aggressively or passive-aggressively, then they become a part of the problem. Liberalism's history is filled with achievements, emancipation, innovation, creativity and real progress, but now liberalism is in a state of pitiful atrophy.
Obama even shied away from the liberal label, not even accepting anything close to progressive to describe his vision, yet when we look at what Obama wants to do and would do if he had the solitary power to do it, we see that he leads a progressive movement that's killing the nation economically and bogging us down in insane interventions and sovereignty-losing international agreements overseas.
So liberals do as they've done before when their policies fail -- they rely on obscurantism to avoid judgement or responsibility for their actions. Now, though, in the Information Age, at a time when the accumulation of government interventions over decades has brought us to a crisis point, it's too important which way liberals go to let them off the hook with good intentions gone awry. They know now that the statist system they helped create has failed and is pushing the country toward disaster.
Liberals have to make a decision. Will they admit that they've been wrong and join libertarians and limited government conservatives to limit government power, or will they allow pride and political correctness to keep them on a destructive, interventionist path?