Liberal

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label
Liberal? If by Liberal they mean, as they want people to believe,
someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local
government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar,
then … we are not that kind of Liberal. But if by a Liberal
they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone
who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who
cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their
housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and
their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break
through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies
abroad, if that is what they mean by a Liberal, then I’m proud
to say I’m a Liberal.

— John F. Kennedy

The above quote by the 35th President of the US, should be heeded
by the right-wingers, and the so-called Tea Party politicians. Sadly
it is not their want. They rather see people lose their jobs, deny them
health care, food and other necessities of life.

They get their jollies off, bashing the current president, repeatedly
lying for just about everything he says and does. It just doesn’t make
any sense at all.

I could go on, but I’m sure you’ll get what I am saying.

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12 Comments

  1. Thank you…….

    My latest entry on my blog is about me being a liberal. So, I’m pleasantly surprised you have this post too. !

    Cheers !

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  2. As a socially progressive, fiscally conservative, believer in the need for local solutions to individual needs (vs. mass government “help” that I feel creates dependency and encourages fraud on the part of many without real need), I find that neither my “liberal” nor my “Republican” acquaintances are ever satisfied with my opinions. I hear blatant lies from both sides. I haven’t heard anything said about President Obama that doesn’t compare with things said about President Bush. Yet both sides get angry over “those idiots” and are sure “they” are against “the people” when BOTH sides are really pretty certain that their ideas are more “realistic” and “better” for everyone. I know that I am personally very compassionate about those who are out of work – but fully aware of many who take seasonal jobs and jump onto unemployment doles in the off season year after year because they enjoy a season off work and don’t want to hunt for full time work unless they have to (and they don’t have to under government handouts that continue for years). I know homelessness is horrible, but also know that the folks I’ve personally met living that way were ALL either 1) mentally ill and refusing medication, 2) addicted to drugs or alcohol and refusing treatment, or 3) enjoyed the “bush” lifestyle and freedom and refused any push to become more “normal”. I am eager to see left- and right- wingers find ways to work together, but not sure how to get to that point when both sides are so deeply stuck in the belief that the other side is stupid and/or power-hungry and/or uncaring of “the people”. Your own words indicate that you do not see, and will not consider, any reason or logic behind the opinions of those who disagree with yours. So how do you take the first step? And which side will take it?

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    1. First of all, I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I’ve been an Independent for over 40 years. Second, for you to say that most people are homeless are drug addicts, mental problems, is only half true. More people including families are homeless, either by loss of a job, something catastrophic happened to them, and numerous other reasons. And since you have never been homeless, then you don’t know what its like to walk in their shoes. I could go on about other things you point out, but at this point I choose not to.

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