The world is a bad place. There are many wonderful people, but on the whole, humanity basically stinks.
There was a time when liberalism was identified with anti-Communism. But the Vietnam War led liberals into the arms of the Left, which had been morally confused about Communism since its inception and had become essentially pacifist following the carnage of World War I.
The whole American experiment has been predicated on giving individuals as much control over their own lives as possible.
If anything, we older people yearn for a peaceful world even more than young people do. We are the ones who lost friends or relatives in some war. We are the ones who have lived a lifetime of seeing and reading about human suffering.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe