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I Confess, I am a Liberal

Today's NY Times has a wonderful Op Ed piece by Bob Herbert on Liberal Accomplishments.   http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/09/opinion/09herbert.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

A couple of years ago, on a whim,  I went to see George McGovern at a book signing.

George McGovern, the Democratic nominee for President in 1972, was called  a Pacifist.  He stated that he was never a Pacifist, he just never felt that there was a war worth fighting since World War II.  He, in fact, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II.  His illustrious military career is the subject of Stephen E.Ambrose's book The Wild Blue.

In recent years he has among other things been involved in Nutrition Programs and National School Lunch Program.   This is a very good man.   He is also generally considered a Liberal.

Why has Liberal become a dirty word?  I consider myself a Liberal.  I don't necessarily believe in limited government. I think there are times when the government should protect us from ourselves.

I think that before the government screwed them up, social services like Medicare and Medicaid were great programs.

I think that it's necessary to legislate to protect the environment, to limit access to guns. But I also believe that if you use a gun in a crime the penalty should be mandatory and strict. Not the death penalty.

I am pro choice.  It just would never be my choice.

I am a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union.  Why not?  Their mission of the ACLU, taken directly from their website is:

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
I think that the act of burning a flag is reprehensible,  but it is protected speech.  There should not be a constitutional amendment banning the act.   In fact there has only been one constitutional amendment limiting individuals rights.  That was prohibition, which was repealed.

I think Gays should have the same rights to marry as heterosexuals.  I don't know why anybody would oppose this.  I know who it helps.  I can't figure out who it hurts. as a heterosexual I am not in the least bit affected by two men or two women who want to marry each other.

I'm in favor of stem cell research.

I don't believe in prayer in the public schools.

I don't believe that we should have ever gone into Iraq.

Now if this makes me evil, so be it.

But be gentle in your responses as Shakespeare said "If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" 



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I am not a liberal
But I agree with a lot of what you have here. Only I'm for the death penalty, national health care, and paid time off for new moms.
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I am not a liberal
I agree w/ two out of three.
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
everyone wants to be self-reliant, but nobody can admit that it's not possible. Admitting that we need the government to protect us has be turned in to "hating America".

I mean screw the FDA for interfering in our lives and enforcing standards for safe foods...
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Look what happened largely due to the fact that the government deregulated the mortgage industry.
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