Not true RosaL.
In the US, the term 'liberals' is used in pretty much the same way as 'the left' is here.
Certainly, the whole political spectrum is more right in the US, but that doesn't explain entirely why leftists get included under the liberal rubric.
A lot of it has to do with the intense polarization in the US. With that the word 'liberal' gets a lot of negative freight around it. That being the case, there is no need to dismiss leftists by calling them that- lumping them in with the liberals is sufficient.
The word 'leftist' has fallen out of disuse in the US- but not because there are categorically fewer of them in the country.
Canadians by and large just don't understand the pervasiveness of this intense polarization. And associated with it, that there is a big lump of people not firmly polarized on whom the outcome of all national elections hinges.
Which is why Obama would disown his pastor over those old comments. You can say all you want that come hell or high water he never should have done it. But wait till you have lived in a situation where if he does not do it, he will not be Preseident. Absolutely certain.
And it isn't just Obama who is choosing. Along with him the hopes of multitudes for some relief from the relentless steamroller.
Mind you, Obama and Rev. Wrights comments touches on something related but distinct, that it is very difficult for Canadian's to understand.
9/11 is a very emotional touchstone for Americans. And that's a severe understatement.
People know that. To which the answer is that they are clouded with ideology and you have to start picking it apart somewhere.
Clouded with ideology they are. And it does need to be worked on.
But given all the battles like that there are to fight, the last place to start is on the front where it is absolutely guaranteed you will be immediately mowed down if you venture out on the national stage with any defense of comments like the Rev. Wright made.