Being a Liberal Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

There is nothing more steadfast, true and resolute in the political world than being classified as a LIBERAL.  If I may butcher a metaphor and  a soppy film line, “Being a Liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.” True, that.  Few liberals these days are going before the cameras to express their ‘deep regrets’ over what they said.  It seems quite clear that those who hang on the far-right end of the political spectrum are often forced to retract their statements and/or apologize for a stupid action.

I seldom need to apologize for any political position that I have held; there is no need to.  Here in America, especially, that sense of liberty written into both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution shout both liberty and liberalism as does Lady Liberty standing majestically in the New York harbor.

Life on the left-side of the political spectrum is bright, breezy and, well, liberating-  like the weather after the storm has passed.  So too our political philosophy.  The word ‘limits’ does not often pop up in our discourse. Our eyes are not myopic and neither is our vision. We like to look out of  a wide-open door rather than into a dark tunnel. We are welcoming and wish to open doors rather than close them. We tend to have great empathy for others, especially the downtrodden, marginalized and repressed.

We further believe that a government of the people is instituted to serve the people.  We put much faith and hope in our government to right wrongs, to protect the defenseless and to help guarantee the general Welfare of its citizens.

Conservatives and those jackasses posing as conservatives, especially, are limiters. They cannot tolerate a free and open society and a government that plays a role in the general Welfare of its citizens. They often believe that boundaries need to be drawn, moderations imposed, restrictions must be issued. I wonder what they fear?  Fear has to be a large motivating force in their psyche.  I ask once again, what are they afraid of?

The underlying message sent 24/7 by the right-wing media is fear- especially fear of  ‘the other.’ Those who sop it up must have an abnormal, virulent fear gene that we liberals have not inherited.  The only thing that we fear, I might say, is fear itself.

Enough.  The sun shines brightly today, the storm has passed and the opportunities for adventure are endless.

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14 thoughts on “Being a Liberal Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

  1. Liberals, unlike conservatives, have enough self-love and self confidence to face the world unafraid of and unenvious of everybody else. They are outer and other directed, genuinely care about others, and want the fairest and best of all possible worlds. They believe there is a place at the table for everyone, not just the biggest, strongest, loudest, or richest. They don’t fear what they don’t know about; rather, they try to gain understanding of it.They don’t fear the rest of the world. They feature outstretched hands, not clenched fists. They act after having first examined the facts at hand, doing whatever additional research is needed, and then making an informed decision, as opposed to relying on hunch or distortion. They are by far the most civilized and desirable of the two opposing ideologies.

  2. Hello Muddy,
    It is those who are claiming “Ultra Conservative Viewpoints” that are lacking the education that has devastated this Country. Liberal means a Progressive Mind Thought and the only way to progress or make things better is by a change of status quo in the way things have been done and are no longer working in the time you live in.

    Thomas Jefferson quote, “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”

    I am sorry I have not written in a while but I have just been too shocked and depressed. I have stopped by to read what you have posted and as always keep up the good work.

    I was thinking about the Gulf and the devastation but not just contained there. Where you see volunteers washing geese, pelicans, and other animals, which is a good photo op delivering the warm and fuzzy that something is being done….but I guess no one has given any thought to the plankton; the base for the food chain group for the rest of wild life is built on.

    This wiping out of the plankton plant life in the oceans is going to domino effect to the rest of life in the oceans from the largest whales to the lowest krill.

    The Gulf is just a large dead zone that will take a long time to recover.

    As you well know, being a life long and ACTIVE member of the Republican Party, I am ashamed where the Ultra-Uber, Mindless Sound Bite Driven, Conservatives that have taken over and shoved out the Moderate THINKING members of my political party. Teddy Roosevelt would not recognize his own Party and would be appalled at the direction it has taken.

    I am not going to call them “Corporate America,” but more accurately Multi-National Corporations have taken over the airwaves propagating inaccurate, twisted, self-serving messages that too many mindless have swallowed and regurgitating the same. There is no true interest of keeping and protecting the citizens interests of the United States but are more interested in the self serving aspects that benefit the Corporations only. The thought of being a good responsible Corporate Citizen of this country is not even considered by a Multi-National Corporation. There is nothing there any longer to motivate or act responsibly. The quality of life that Americans so once enjoyed is being sacrificed by the desire to make higher profits and annual CEO’s and others bonuses by the use of cheap labor, and yes to use a term from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, that Communist Slave Labor that we had to fight so many wars to protect ourselves from then…..NOW IT IS OK IF IT SERVES THE CORPORATIONS!!!

    How many people who watch, quote, and believe the propaganda from FOX Programming, or other paid conservative voices, realize the messenger is really a corporate manipulator of Australian birth, with a Chinese passport, telling how Americans what they should believe and push the political policies that are not really in any American Citizen’s interest. Lemmings and Lambs to slaughter chanting Drill Baby Drill, War On Christmas, or what every flavor of the moment Tea Baggers have been brainwashed to repeat. ALL OF THEM BE DAMNED!!!

  3. Looking over your site it would appear to me you are the ones who are unhappy. You constantly complain and gripe about everything not in synch with what you believe.

    You have just a few commenters and seem to like it that way because they all agree with you except for the person called Sepp.

    Why do you hate people who don’t have your philosophy on life? Isn’t difference what makes the world go round?

  4. Engineer- Thank you for dropping by and sharing your wisdom- especially helpful because you are an excellent representative of the Good Old Party.

    Your statement, Teddy Roosevelt would not recognize his own Party and would be appalled at the direction it has taken, is sadly true and just think how much further distant is Lincoln’s Party from the time he moved the Republican Party into the White House.

    Regarding FOX and blow-hards like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck- they are, as I said in an earlier piece, nothing but propagandists. They aren’t political party members guided by an ideology but pure propagandists with a singular agenda.

    It is a shame that your once-grand old party has fallen so far and has been so desperate to increase its membership that it has to encourage and showcase the extremes of ideology in order to appear relevant.

    Recall in the 60’s when the Democratic Party supported the extreme left-wing elements of the Party and the resultant loss of credibility by the mainstream public.

    I hope, Engineer, that you will ‘get your party back’ and all of us Americans will once again get the business of this nation going once more.

  5. Jane, let me explain a few things to you as it appears that you are a novice in the blogosphere.

    First, regarding “moderation”-WordPress holds a newcomer’s comment in a pending status until the blog owner can see it. Get it?

    Second, regarding “happiness”-it is abundantly clear to those of us on the left side of the political spectrum that the cry-babies and tantrum-throwers of this nation dwell in the poorly-lit, dank caves of the far-right end of that scale. Perhaps you’ve heard of Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck??

    Third, regarding the number of people who comment here- you ought realize, Jane, that this isn’t Facebook where one can accrue hundreds of ‘friends’ much like collecting leaves in the Autumn. Most of the people who regularly comment on this blog have marvelous insight, wisdom, years of life-experience and are quite bright. Do you qualify in any of these categories?

    Lastly, if you have something important that adds to the conversation here, come back and do that. If you’ve just come to lay a stinky turd, then do it elsewhere, will you?

  6. “What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”” -John F. Kennedy, Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party Nomination, September 14, 1960 (via http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/35_kennedy/psources/ps_nyliberal.html)

  7. Poet- thank you for that most timely quote in helping define what true ‘liberalism’ means.

    When the word ‘liberal’ rolls off of the smelly tongue of Limbaugh and his fellow propagandists, it is as if they are condemning a person to hell and putting them into a crate with Hitler, Satan, and Attila the Hun.

    This wouldn’t matter too very much, however, were it not for the millions of dumbed-down people who, as blank slates, allow these opinions to be absorbed into their not-so discerning brains.

    Masters of propaganda they remain and, as long as their is a need for hate to be absorbed, then they will continue to provide it.

  8. Why do you hate people who don’t have your philosophy on life? Isn’t difference what makes the world go round?

    Is this beyond lame, or what?
    It’s on the level of saying, “Have a nice day, now STFU” (to quote the nice blogger Jane whose children Jane would like to bear).

  9. Isn’t difference what makes the world go round?

    No. And I don’t hang with murders, rapists nor morons either [if I can help it].

  10. I think brother Sepp is on a roll here. Two Conservative? am I using the correct term? Babes show up here to tell us what a great guy he is. I think Sepp is a great guy, but he is missing a gold mine here, if you know what I mean. That squinty bo-toxed come hither Sarah Palin style conservative winky thing that these babes have got down gets me so damn hot!
    Sepp, get your studly ass over to the next town hall meeting and just hang out…You could end up in a cheap motel on the interstate with your hands full of more cheap silicone implants than any man deserves, the smell of diesel fuel , the sexy flash of the little device that electrocutes mosquitoes and flies, doing stuff that the republicans would never let you do in Texas…
    You Lucky Dog!

  11. Poet – like the quote of JFK. It is my understanding that the more often quote of Kennedy is when he went to the Baptist Convenion in Houston, I believe, in 1960. Try to locate that quote, it is the standard on what JFK meant by a liberal. I will be looking too…

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