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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:39 AM
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Where did the phrase "bleeding heart liberal" come from?
I have heard it before and it is kind of offensive. Where did that bullshit come from?
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:40 AM
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1. Maybe Pierre Trudeau
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Skarbrowe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:52 AM
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6. When you feel the pain of other people, it's as if

your heart bleeds.

I know. A bit over the top. It was the first thing that popped into my head. I have no idea where the expression originated. O8)
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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:41 AM
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2. here's one answer:
Edited on Fri Oct-29-04 12:42 AM by flowomo
Reply Re: Bleeding-heart liberals Here is our old friend Lewis Joplin II quoting Safire:

...' The expression was introduced into political usage in the thirties by columnist Westbrook Pegler...Its origin may be the Order of the Bleeding Heart, a semireligious order of the Middle Ages honoring the Virgin Mary, whose 'heart was pierced with many sorrows.'...

http://p066.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm1.showMessage...
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:53 AM
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7. In the thirties!
It's hard to imagine a lack of compassion for people during that era!

I wonder whatever happened to Westbrook Pegler...
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jdots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:43 AM
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3. 19th. century Fox News
Probably a put down by some shmuck to put down people who care.Stary eyed idealist, Peace Freak.,damn those conservaseniles are clever !
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Kusala Donating Member (864 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:44 AM
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4. What's offensive about it?
Proud bleeding heart here.

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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:49 AM
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5. Me too!
I am a proud Bleeding Heart Liberal. The difference is that I have no compunction about sharing the bleeding part with the neanderthals. In the interest of comity and fair play, mind you. ;-)
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vinnievin777 Donating Member (735 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 12:59 AM
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8. It is a term used by right-winged Christians to criticize
Edited on Fri Oct-29-04 01:03 AM by vinnievin777
true Christianity and the compassion that it permeates and the others who share this compassion. They contend that it is weakness but they are wrong because it takes more strength to be kind.
Vinnie Vin
http://www.vinnievin.com
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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 01:06 AM
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9. Remember when we used to be called "egghead liberals"?
don't hear that much anymore.
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 01:51 AM
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10. Now it's "tax-and-spend liberals"...
It's all about money, now.

"**Your** money -- don't let them dad-gum tax-and-spend lib'ruls take your hard-earned dollars an' hand 'em out to welfare cheats!"

One of my life-goals is to get the word "liberal" back into some kind of respectability. That's a big order, considering all the decades it's been dragged through the mud.
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