One of the ways politicians and news media types like to mislead the voters is with false framing. Don’t be confused!
Most often, liberty is presented as a right-wing position, while control is presented as a left-wing position. The moderate compromise between them is thus considered to be a little control, some light regulation. This is totally wrong.
People can have many different opinions on a variety of issues: what movies are best, which foods are most nutritious, how to raise children, which funds to invest savings in, and so on. None of these have anything to do with politics…until someone makes them political by suggesting the power of the state be used to force on people one choice over another.
There is an extreme leftist way to run the country, there is an extreme religious way to run the country, there is an extreme nationalist way to run the country, and there is an extreme neoconservative way to run the country. There are probably other ways to run the country. The moderate compromise between all these options is to allow each citizen to decide for themselves – liberty. Any regulation, no matter how light, is a deviation from the libertarian center towards the interests of either one group or another.
Just to make it more confusing, the media will often frame the left-wing position as more regulation and the right-wing position as holding the status quo of light regulation within the same leftist paradigm. Liberty isn’t even on the scale! All alternative ways to run the country are ignored! Don’t be tricked!