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May 17, 2005
The Liberals Are Coming!

I know some people are terrified that if the Democratic Party coaxes the Liberals back in, all of the "moderate" voters will run to the Right, but that's just silly. You've let yourselves be brainwashed by the Right's false advertising.

Liberals aren't scary. They want clean air, clean water, and clean food. They want good schools, oversight of corporate shenanigans,a government no bigger than it has to be, worker protection, and a balanced budget.

Liberals do not want the military to have to hold a bake sale to build a bomber. They do want that military used when WeThePeople want it used. Liberals don't want their children, or anyone else's, sent off to die unless it's our last resort.

Liberals want more money spent on sustainable, renewable energy sources than on committing wholesale slaughter to retain access to Middle-East oil.

Liberals want Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, and other religions to have freedom to worship in their own way. They want those who don't choose to worship to have the freedom not to do so.

Liberals want a social and public setting that doesn't discriminate by posting the 10 Commandments on a public building, to the affront of Hindus, or putting "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance to the affront of atheists.

Liberals want city streets that any citizen can walk down without undue fear of crime or false arrest. And that includes women, children, people with brown skin, and people whose consenting adult sex partners are no one's business but their own.

Liberals want tolerance.

Liberals understand that variety is not only 'the spice of life', it's the strength of our country. Liberals understand that democracy is not homogenous.

Liberals want honest science, untainted by superstition, personal crusades, or politicking.

Liberals want an honest (not a Leftist) judiciary. Liberals want a penal system that pours more money into rehabilitation than it does into bleak, concrete cells used for solitary confinement.

Liberals want a fair tax system that gives a little break to those who have-not by taking a little extra from those who have-a-lot. They want a government that offers a helping hand to those who have no other way to climb out of poverty. They want a country where everyone understands that economic opportunity is the best crime-fighting tool available.

Liberals want a country where more money is spent on education than on bullets. Where good teachers are cherished and supported.

Liberals want a country where more money is spent on social programs than on prisons. Where we try harder to keep people out of prison than we do to pass more and more laws to send them there.

Liberals want a country where funding is higher for health care than for nuclear weapons. A country where the Department of Defense doesn't work with game designers to produce ever-more violent games to warp the next generation into high-tech soldiers.

Liberals want a country where the future isn't being seen through the crosshairs.

I'm sure there's more, but those are the main, and obvious things. I can't see that there's much there that most people would find scary. Clean environment, safe food supply, good education, lower crime rate, oversight of corporate and government activities, economic opportunity, and fewer young people dying in multi-billion dollar wars.

What's to be afraid of?

Posted by AnneZook at 06:06 PM


More to the point, for those people who use "liberal" as synonymous with "subversive terrorist fellow traveler": why aren't you in favor of these things? Why are these things a threat?

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 17, 2005 08:22 PM

Right on, Anne! You tell it!

Posted by: Dr. Fallon at May 18, 2005 06:50 AM


Posted by: natasha at May 18, 2005 05:32 PM

Thanks everyone.

My point, Jonathan, is (as I've said before) that the Left is largely at fault for allowing the Right to turn the word "Liberal" into a symbol of evil.

Posted by: Anne at May 18, 2005 08:43 PM

A heartfelt second to that BRAVO!

Posted by: Deborah White at May 19, 2005 12:20 AM

Liberals do not want the military to have to hold a bake sale to build a bomber.

Right. That's Republicans who want that.

Or, at least, they want local families to hold bake sales to buy body armor for deployed National Guard units. . .

Posted by: Ian Osmond at May 19, 2005 10:06 AM

I don't know... Liberals are at fault for people cussing out liberals?

Maybe we were dressed too provocatively? You know, like we were begging for it?

No, it was lies, mockery and scorn, and a complete absence of honor, that turned "liberal" into a bad word.

At the same time, you do have a point that liberals have been entirely too timid, and have forgotten the surprisingly accurate bit about how it's better to burn out than fade away.

The Democrats often resemble a pack of whipped dogs, and if they hadn't been whipped so thoroughly, so many times, I couldn't forgive them. As it is, it still bugs the hell out of me.

Posted by: John Palmer at May 19, 2005 09:44 PM

Well, who would object? I don't, but there are definitely those who would, most of them honest. Some people honestly doubt that government has any chance of accomplishing those good ends effectively, or that to do so it would have to get powerful enough to be a great threat to our freedom, or that it's flat-out immoral for it to do so, especially given its unequal power relationship relative to the individual citizen.

On the other hand, there are those who dislike those good ends precisely because they're afraid they _are_ achievable. There are those who believe that their interests lie in our being as ignorant, poor, afraid, and hate-filled as possible, as then we're more easily led and exploited. There are those for whom Heaven is no fun without the pleasure of contemplating the damned. And there are those who just see it as a zero-sum game, and believe they deserve everything they have and no-one else does, Social Darwinsism meets dumbe-down Calvinism.

I think a few of the latter sort are funding a lot of the former; to hack Pynchon a bit, the innocence of the servants can sometimes point to the guilt of the masters.

Posted by: Michael Turyn at May 22, 2005 11:58 AM