Proud to say I’m a “Liberal”

“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, 1960

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  1. Which is funny b/c now people call him a conservative.

  2. True, Bearman! What was considered ‘liberal,’ and ‘conservative’ isn’t today. In fact, I have trouble getting accurate definitions of either word. Seems like there are many interpretations and everyone thinks theirs is the correct one.

    Both words have been used as weapons and turned into insults. Actually both words — in my interpretation — are fine good words describing fine good political philosophies. And, yes, I think my interpretation is the correct one. 😉

  3. GMC70

    In a real sense, all Americans are “liberals” by the standards of most of the world. We believe in individual rights and civil liberties. We believe in gov’t accountable to the people. We believe in limits on gov’t’s reach and authority (or at least most of us, hopefully, do).

    Conservatives, like Liberals (as we generally use the terms) care about their communities, their kids, their nation. We simply disagree about what policies are in the best interest of our communities, etc. And I simply cannot agree that massively growing the size and reach of government (which appears to be the underlying philosophy of this Administration), even with the best of intentions, is in the best interests of myself or the nation.

    • indypendent

      Since we are in agreement of growing the size of government, then can I assume Republicans would be willing to stop all tax cuts and subsidies to corporations and businesses?

      After all, if we truly believe in the free market and capitalism – then let the winners be winners and the losers be losers.

      Correct?

  4. This week (yesterday maybe?) was the first anniversary of the death of Edward Kennedy. That year went fast, like they all seem to go for me. My Mom once told me aging meant the days got longer and the years shorter. She was right, again.

  5. *** Surviving the Tea Party’s takeover of the GOP: One of the more profound changes in American politics is how much more conservative the nominees inside the Republican Party have become. The Tea Party and Jim DeMint are now closer to the representing the center of the GOP, not George W. Bush and his “compassionate conservatism.” This has presented longtime Republican moderates/centrists with a dilemma of what to do, and we’ve seen three different responses so far, which were on display in some form this past Tuesday. One path was demonstrated by John McCain, who decided to shift his positions (on immigration, Supreme Court judges) just enough to the right. He easily won his primary on Tuesday. A second response was exemplified by Lisa Murkowski, who essentially stayed as she was. She appears headed for a defeat in the too-close-to-call GOP Senate primary in Alaska. And a third trail was blazed by Charlie Crist, who decided to leave his party. He’s currently engaged in Florida’s three-way Senate contest. Who charted the right course?

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/08/26/4974458-first-thoughts-surviving-the-tea-partys-takeover-of-the-gop

  6. This is from the same link —

    *** Stuck in the middle with you? This rightward movement inside the GOP appears likely to pay big dividends this fall. Republicans are energized, Democrats are not (right now), and the economy is hardly humming — all of which are a recipe for significant Republican gains in November. But when we head into the 2012 presidential election, when the electorate expands, you got to wonder if a Republican Party that doesn’t have room for a John McCain of 2001-2007, a Charlie Crist of 2007-2008, or a Lisa Murkowski of 2010 can reclaim the center of American politics and the presidency, even if they gain control of Congress in the fall. Then again, the center will judge the GOP on not just how it conducts itself if they get the majority, but on the results.

    • indypendent

      But there will always be those on the right side of the aisle that will say it is Obama’s fault because he is still the president.

      I would like to see the GOP take the majority of both the Senate and the House and then we’ll expect them to reduce the deficit to zero, reduce the unemployment rate to zero and to balance the budget.

      But, as I said in the first paragraph, they will still have Obama to blame because everyone with an IQ higher than a gnat know exactly the GOP will never, and can never deliver on their promises.

      That is why I still think the GOP plans to reinstate their war plans that GWB started – to go after Iran and North Korea. They will continue to ramp up the hatred of everything Muslim – so a war with Iran will be palatable among Americans.

      And let’s just throw in North Korea for the hell of it.

      Our Chinese credit card is still good for it – isn’t it?

  7. tosmarttobegop

    I agree it is hard to define just who or what is a Liberal in most respect I am one.
    It comes from being some-what a true Social Conservative in that I would put people first though I think they are the worst of all of all species.

    But I do have my reservations abut how much people need to be helped.
    Too much and they lose their being and become nothing but mindless and not worth much to themselves.

    I read that the older Democrats were much like true socialist/ Democratic then today.
    In that they believed that the better the country did the better the people did and the two were inter-dependent. While the party moved more to the opposite philosophy of that people were more important then the country Social/ Democratic.