Liberal and Proud Of It

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    “How come liberals never admit that they’re liberal?” he asked. “They’ve now come up with a new word called ‘progressive,’ which I thought was an insurance company but apparently it’s a label.”

    Here’s my response to Marco Rubio.

    Say it loud and say it proud,

    I’m proud of being a liberal and I won’t back down.

    Here is what I believe.

    I believe that every American should have the chance to lay the golden egg of economic prosperity. At present, we are nowhere near this goal. For all of the Rubio’s of America who have made a cozy place for themselves, there are thousands of others who, through no fault of their own, have not had the same opportunities for success.

    I believe that a woman’s body is her own temple to do with whatever she pleases.

    I believe that unions are a benefit to society, imperfect as they may be.

    I believe that the federal government has an important role to play in ensuring healthy environments and preventing runaway capitalism.  

    I believe that those on the right choose to strip down one giant for a potentially more dangerous one, the multinational corporation.

    I believe that sensible welfare policies are a reasonable way to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

    I believe universal health care is a right and that every American should be able to retire at 65.

    I believe in the rights of consumers just as much as the rights of sellers.

    I believe in the freedom of individuals and the sanctity of communal bonds.

    I believe that religion and politics should remain separated.

    Liberalism has a heart.

    Liberalism sustains and promotes pluralism.

    Liberalism promotes capitalism while remembering that not everyone is a capitalist.

    Liberalism has proven itself to be the only viable way forward for our country.

    I AM A LIBERAL and I AM proud to be one.  

    • Uh, Rick? Actually, the word “progressive” has been around in American since…well, practically the beginning. There was even an “era” of American history called the Progressive Era:

      The Progressive Era in the United States was a period of social activism and political reform that flourished from the 1890s to the 1920s.[1] One main goal of the Progressive movement was purification of government, as Progressives tried to eliminate corruption by exposing and undercutting political machines and bosses. Many (but not all) Progressives supported prohibition in order to destroy the political power of local bosses based in saloons.[2] At the same time, women’s suffrage was promoted to bring a “purer” female vote into the arena.[3] A second theme was achieving efficiency in every sector by identifying old ways that needed modernizing, and emphasizing scientific, medical and engineering solutions.

      Many people led efforts to reform local government, public education, medicine, finance, insurance, industry, railroads, churches, and many other areas. Progressives transformed, professionalized and made “scientific” the social sciences, especially history,[4] economics,[5] and political science.[6] In academic fields the day of the amateur author gave way to the research professor who published in the new scholarly journals and presses. The national political leaders included Theodore Roosevelt, Robert M. La Follette, Sr., Charles Evans Hughes and Herbert Hoover on the Republican side, and William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson and Al Smith on the Democratic side.

      Initially the movement operated chiefly at local levels; later it expanded to state and national levels. Progressives drew support from the middle class, and supporters included many lawyers, teachers, physicians, ministers and business people.[7] The Progressives strongly supported scientific methods as applied to economics, government, industry, finance, medicine, schooling, theology, education, and even the family. They closely followed advances underway at the time in Western Europe[8] and adopted numerous policies, such as the banking laws which became the Federal Reserve System in 1914. They felt that old-fashioned ways meant waste and inefficiency, and eagerly sought out the “one best system”.[9][10]

      That was over 100 years ago. Today, I proudly call myself a Progressive in that tradition. I also believe that “liberal” is a great tradition and one to proud of, with infinitely more accomplishments in this country than conservativism, that’s for damn sure. So, little Ricky, what the heck were you talking about exactly? Perhaps next time, before opening your mouth and inserting foot, you might actually care to have a tiny bit of knowledge in your head? Nah, what am I talking about, Rick’s a conservative, they don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

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    • I’ve always said that I’m a liberal Democrat.  Even when I’ve lived in places where I was the most conservative person that I knew!  🙂