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Why I Am a Liberal: An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I'm a liberal I've always been a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does.
Some of you suspected. Some of you were shocked. Many of you have known me for years, even the majority of my life. We either steadfastly avoided political topics, or I carefully steered conversations away from the more incendiary subjects in the name of keeping the peace.
But then the election happened, and staying quiet wasn't an option anymore. I'm one of those bleeding heart commies who hates anyone who's white, straight, or conservative, and who wants the government to dictate everything you do while taking your money and giving it to people who don't work.
Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines: I believe a country should take care of its weakest members.
A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative.
I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.
I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn't necessarily have to be free though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the USbut at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.
I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor.
Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.
I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. I'm retired and on a fixed income, but I still pay taxes. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.
I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes.
What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water.
Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live. I am not anti-Christian.
I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules.If liberal states were to secede, we have a better chance to make reforms that would keep America from going bankrupt.
On the other hand, if conservative states were to secede, we’d be less likely to stop America from going bankrupt, but we’d have somewhere to go after it all falls apart.
Why I’m Not a Liberal. By Robin Marie Averbeck.
To many liberals, injustice is a product of misunderstanding, the result of faceless processes that no one really benefits from.
(National Archives and Records Administration) Our summer issue has shipped from the printer and will be out soon! The following is a list of beliefs that I hold. Nearly every one of them was a liberal position until the late s. Not one of them is now.
Such a list is vitally important in order to clarify exactly what positions divide left from right, blue from red, liberal from conservative. What follows is the first installment in a three-part series by Liberal leader Bob Rae on the resilience of liberalism. Read part two here.I am a Liberal because I believe in the dignity and.
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He masterfully addresses educational5/5(18). Evidently, several iterations back this was started by a woman named Lori Gallagher Witt, the brilliance is hers: An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I'm a liberal.