02-21-2010, 06:25 AM
Join Date: May 2000
Why I am a liberal
I thought this was in interesting companion to the Conservative piece in the other thread.
By I donít know how many of you have the columnist Ron Hart in your local paper. If you havenít, you havenít missed much, if you do then maybe you saw his column on why liberals are liberals. Hereís a link
if you are interested in reading the whole thing (warning: donít eat first unless you like gagging.) or if you prefer Iíll sum it up for you: Liberals are liberals because we hate success and want to get something for nothing. And he can prove it, because the Mayors of Detroit, New Orleans, Oakland, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Memphis, Newark are all Dems and the cities suck.
No I am not kidding. Whatís worse, I donít think Ron Hart is kidding either. (if he is, he needs to learn how to write satire) He honestly has fallen hook, line and sinker for the old Liberals Just Want To Take Your Money and Give It to Lazy Poor (Minority) Folks line.
Ok, hereís my reply to Mr Hart.
Ronnie, are you kidding me?
I donít hate success, I myself am fairly successful, Iíve worked hard for since I got out of school and, except for a few weeks on unemployment when I was laidĖoff, have not taken anything from anybody. The amount of money I got while unemployment was roughly equal to the amount I paid in taxes during a single month. I own my home, on a 30 year fixed mortgage, I own my cars. I have an excellent job with a good company and people consider me a role model.
Why am I am liberal? In a nutshell, because I give **** about my fellow humans, thatís why. I know itís hard for you to grasp since you really donít seem to care much about the rest of the human race, because you seem to have divided the world into the ďWorthy, and Therefore RichĒ and ďUnworthy, and Therefore Not RichĒ.
Remember that Golden Rule? Iím a liberal because I live it and I believe it. I donít show up in church on Sunday and pay lip-service to the teachings of Jesus Christ then spend my week screwing over people. Ironic, since Iím pretty much an atheist. I do it because itís the moral and right thing to do, not because some Cosmic Father Figure is going to spank me in the hereafter if I donít.
Iím a liberal because I believe health care is a basic human right. Iím liberal because education and a chance to move up in the world is a basic human right. I believe I owe my fellow humans a certain standard of decency and dignity. Iím a liberal because I know that sometimes bad **** happens to good people, for no good reason. I donít believe life begins at conception and ends at birth.
Iím a liberal because I believe that a society that lets the mentally ill wander the streets and live under a bush is sucky society. Iím a liberal because people deserve a chance, and I, as one of the ďhavesĒ, would be failing in my duties as a member of the human race if I didnít give them that chance.
Are there people out there who donít deserve that chance, they are poor because they are lazy and /or criminal? Sure, there are, no one is denying that, least of all me. But Iím not willing to throw out the entire apple barrel because of a few bad ones. Iíve actually known a lot of poor and lower-income people, and guess what, they work harder than you and I do, Ronnie.
Iím liberal because I know that unregulated capitalism results in Enrons and mortgage meltdowns and poisoned air and water. Iím a liberal because I know there are evil people who will exploit the weak for a few bucks, and I have a moral imperative to not stand idly by mouth clichťs about what the market will bear.
Iím a liberal because I believe what happens in your bedroom between consenting adults is your own business and none of mine. Just donít do it in the street and scare the houses and we will be fine.
Iím a liberal because I believe that science, real science, belongs in science class, and religion belongs in church, even if it is one of the suburban mega-churches where the pastor drives a Mercedes thatís worth more than all 3 of my familyís cars combined. Iím liberal because I can tell the difference between science and religion. Creationalism is not science.
Iím liberal because I think itís a travesty that over half of all bankruptcies are caused by the high cost of health care. I think itís a travesty the people with health insurance still canít pay all the bills. I have seen firsthand how the successful people are brought down by a bought with cancer, and all of a sudden, they are not successful anymore, but just another scofflaw whoís trying to run out on paying their bills.
Which brings me to another point, Iím a liberal because I know how slippery my hold on success is. One bout with cancer, one bad accident, one lay off and there it goes. Iím a liberal because I recognize this and want the safety net to be around should I need it.
No Ronnie, I donít hate success, I love success, Iím successful. Iím just willing to share that success.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.