Many people are frightened by the concept of Liberty. Not surprising, since Liberty brings responsibility. The liberals and leftists among us are unwilling to accept responsibility, often, for their lives and want to sponge off others.
Don't get me wrong. I believe in charity. When it is freely given. Confiscating the wealth of others through force, which is what the US Government does through taxation, is not charity. At a certain point, it becomes theft.
Next time you talk with a leftist who thinks they are better than you because they want to support the world through welfare, ask them how much they give to charity each year. On average, leftists are much less likely to give to the poor than conservatives.