March 4, 2006
by Katherine Brengle
right-wing says that there is a "Liberal Agenda." This
agenda is chock full of evil. Liberals want to make Christianity
illegal, kill babies, abolish the military, and advance the other
agenda--the oft-cited "homosexual agenda"--onto our nation's innocent
and impressionable children.
Too often the left responds by saying, "There is no liberal agenda,"
and calling it quits.
But guess what campers--there is a liberal agenda. Oh yes, there
really, really is.
The great liberal agenda, the object of the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy,
is to make life better for every individual in this country.
The Liberal Agenda is based on a truly simple concept, one that
every American can understand with no interpretation whatsoever.
We're good neighbors.
Very simply, we want the best not only for ourselves, but for
everyone around us. We want this because we believe that every person
deserves a life in which they can be healthy, free, and happy. (Those
three should ring a bell--life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,
We believe that people are healthiest when they have access to
quality, affordable healthcare, food and an environment free of
toxins, and access to educational resources regarding health-related
issues. We believe that people are free when they have a voice in
their government, when that government is transparent, when voting
rights are upheld and cherished, and when our national security
is strong and discerning. We believe that people are happiest when
they are economically stable, able to spend time with their families,
and able to express themselves freely.
What makes us good neighbors is that we do not just want these
things for ourselves, or for our friends and family. We want them
for everyone. We want them for the people in the next house, the
people down the street, and people 2,000 miles away. We want them
for George W. Bush, and we want them for Dick Cheney, and we want
them for you.
The conservative agenda aims to take these things away from Americans.
Conservatives aren't good neighbors. They have demonstrated this
again and again, and we are complicit to a degree because we have
allowed them to do this to you. We are sorry, and we see the cost
of this mistake, and we want to do better. We can do better, because
we're good neighbors.
A good neighbor is there with candles and a hurricane lamp when
your power goes out. A good neighbor helps you jump-start your car
when you accidentally leave the headlights on. A good neighbor is
there to watch your kids when you have to run out for a gallon of
milk, or to an emergency. A good neighbor shares tools, and cups
of sugar, and jokes over the fence. A good neighbor will pick up
your mail every day while you are on vacation and help you install
your air conditioner when you aren't.
In government, liberals can deliver as good neighbors. We can
keep your taxes low so you hold on to more of your money and simultaneously
cut the national deficit so your kids don't inherit our debt. We
can make sure you, and everyone you know, have access to healthcare
so if you get sick, you won't be left hanging. We can make sure
you have a job, and that if you lose your job you won't get left
out in the cold. We can make sure that you are able to retire you
are still young enough to enjoy your golden years. We want you and
your kids to get the best possible education--hell, you're paying
for it, you deserve it. We just want your quality of life to be
the absolute best it can be, because we care about your well-being.
We want all of this, and we will do all of this, because we're
Katherine Brengle is a freelance writer and activist. She is
also a columnist for The American Liberalism Project (http://americanliberalism.blogspot.com),
a regular contributor to OpEd News (http://www.opednews.com),
and a member of Military Families Speak Out (http://www.mfso.org).
Her husband currently serves in the US Marine Corps in Iraq. Contact
her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.