March 15, 2012

If You're A LEFTIST You Believe:


If You're A LEFTIST You Believe:

1. You have to believe the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of funding.

2. You have to be against capital punishment but support abortion on demand - in short, you support protecting the guilty and killing the innocent.

3. You have to believe that the same overpaid public school idiot who can't teach 4th graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

4. You have to believe that trial lawyers are selfless heroes and doctors are overpaid.

5. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than nuclear weapons in the hands of the Chinese and Iran.

6. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the brilliance of the Sun, and more affected by yuppies driving SUVs.

7. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial but being gay is natural.

8. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.

9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about nature, but pasty-faced, fey activists who've never been outside Seattle do.

10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

11. You have to believe there was no art before federal funding.

12. You have to believe the military, not corrupt politicians, start wars.

13. You have to believe the free market that gives us 500+ channels can't deliver the programming quality that PBS does.

14. You have to believe the NRA is bad, because it stands up for certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good, because they stand up for certain parts of the Constitution.

15. You have to believe that taxes are too low but ATM fees are too high.

16. You have to believe that Harriet Tubman, Cesar Chavez and Gloria Steinman are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee or Thomas Alva Edison.

17. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides aren't.

18. You have to believe that second-hand smoke is more dangerous than HIV.

19. You have to believe that conservatives are racists but black people couldn't make it without your help.

20. You have to believe that the only reason democratic socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in charge.

6 comments:

  1. I am a liberal. Political rhetoric from the right has posited that I am un-American and stupid. None of these points accurately represent me.

    I could go point by point and refute these ideas. They are straw man attacks at best; attacking caricatures of the blind liberal moron. Granted, I am sure that SOME liberals, the extreme far left, believe tenets of these ideas. Probably not their wording, but some of their positions may reflect these views. However, they do not speak for the vast majority of the political left.

    I could make a similar list about conservatives, and it would be just as absurd as this list (and in my opinion more so). However, I know the vast majority of conservative Americans (as well as liberal) are good people who mean well. Sure, our ideas may be different on several aspects, but I know that we can come together on a lot of things. I do not claim that the KKK is the antithesis of a Republican. This post sets a tone similar to that.

    I am a liberal. I am an American. I am for free speech, freedom of and from religion, pro-second amendment (I am a gun owner), pro science, pro-education, anti-war, and pro-environment, and so much more. I bet most of the nation agrees with these positions.

    Here is what I have to say:
    The world is not black and white. Almost every situation is more complicated than a yes or no answer. No one side has all the right answers! Each can be correct at different times! This nation of over 300 million people is going to have different ideas.

    Stop the rhetoric and awful attacks, both sides! This language is ruining the country. Screaming at each other, calling names, making baseless or overreached claims is getting us nowhere. We need to work together to prosper.

    Conservatives and liberals, stop caricature attacks and insults.

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  2. Most liberals I know don't really have a full understanding of what it means to be liberal today. Classic liberals of yesterday are not today's liberal. Sad but true.

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  3. I genuinely would like to know your definition of a classic liberal. I imagine most people have a similar view, but I really don't know. I am not trying to argue, I am just curious. Also, what does it mean to be a liberal today?

    I really don't look to the past that much and define people as liberals or conservatives. It doesn't really add much to the conversation of today. People had positions and made actions, and modern people define those as belonging to a certain side or characteristic. What you may see as a conservative position I may see as liberal, and vice versa.

    We are all Americans, and we share many positions, why can't we compromise? Neither side has a monopoly on what is good for the country.

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  4. Why don't you explain to me what makes you liberal.

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  5. Here is a quote from John F. Kennedy, which I state gives a good summary of what is a liberal and why I am a liberal:

    "...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'."

    Personally, I am a liberal because I know the world is not black and white on issues. I am a liberal because I am pro-science. I am a liberal because I am pro-education. I am a liberal because I am pro-Bill of Rights. I am a liberal because I do not want a theocracy in America. I am a liberal because I am for equality. I am a liberal because I am open-minded, and I can change my mind given evidence and support for the other side. So many more reasons, I just can't say them all.

    I can sympathize with many conservative positions. We have a lot in common. My best friends here in town are conservatives. We share all the same ideas. They just differ on a few points, and hate Obama. That is their right, and we do not bring it up and get along great. Conservatives and liberals can have a lot in common, and I do not think you can see that for some reason.

    This may anger you and be a generalization on conservatives, but I also do not want to be conservative for reasons such as this: http://www.domesticdivapalooza.com/2012/02/what-are-your-thoughts-on-iran.html

    Disgusting. This is what you posted. You, a conservative. It makes me sick.

    Why does it seem to be that MOST of the people advocating for the murders of millions tend to be conservative.

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  6. I think it is sad that I have to point out what is real and what is posted in jest. I do find it fascinating that you gravitate to the fun forward type posts or the posts that are meant to be humorous. I think it's probably safe to say that you don't appreciate the format of my blog. That's not my problem. You have choices to make as do I. You don't like my blog then don't read it.

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