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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:26 AM

Column: The resurrection of liberalism

Column: The resurrection of liberalism
DeWayne Wickham

Liberals have not had a better year since 1965 and Voting Rights Act.


6:04PM EST December 10. 2012 - NEW YORK -- When Benjamin Todd Jealous stepped on stage last week to receive one of the ideological left's most prestigious awards, he was greeted with thunderous applause from the assembled audience, a collection of this nation's most unrepentant liberals.

Jealous came to the Nation Institute's annual gala to be honored with a $100,000 prize "for his unwavering dedication to civil and human rights." When Jealous arrived, he found himself in the midst of a fawning crowd of liberal icons that included former TV talk show host Phil Donahue, Nation magazine publisher Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Perry and Gladys Rosenstein, whose Puffin Foundation has championed more liberal causes than Al Sharpton.

But these people and the others who filled the small ballroom in New York City's Flatiron district this night were there as much to celebrate the resurrection of liberalism as to toast Jealous. The youngest person ever to lead the NAACP, this nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, Jealous was touted for his support of same-sex marriage, opposition to the death penalty and work to defeat voter suppression legislation.

As the recipient of the 2012 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, he was -- or this group, at least -- the most obvious manifestation of a liberal resurgence. While recent polls show that conservatives significantly outnumber liberals, liberal ideals and causes have not had a better year since Lyndon Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.

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macwriter Dec 2012 #1
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PoliticalBiker Dec 2012 #4

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:29 PM

1. We're Out of the Wilderness

For years it has bugged me that being "liberal" had a stigma attached to it. Too many of us spent years running away from that label. I have a feeling the term "conservative" is about to suffer the same kind of stigma -- except in this case it is so well-deserved.

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Response to macwriter (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:38 PM

2. It's time for revenge.

I say that we make the words "conservative" and "Republican" synonymous with "asshole" and "psychopath" in the minds of the entire country.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:59 PM

3. "Stingy" and "Inflexible" would be best

Remember...move FORWARD.

Revenge deals with the past.

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Response to BlueDemKev (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:01 PM

5. But revenge is fun! n/t

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:34 PM

4. Republicraps

are Terrorists.

Liberals and progressives move forward
Terrorists move backward

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