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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:23 PM
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Are you a 'gut' liberal, a 'heart' liberal, a 'head' liberal, or a ..........
Let me explain that crappily written thread title.

Some definitions I've made up:

'Gut' liberal: a person who instinctively takes a liberal position on most things, without even having to think it through. It centers mostly on reaction to policy rather than its impact on real people.

'Heart' liberal: Pretty close to a 'gut' liberal, but distinct in that in comes more from an emotional concern for people rather than policy.

'Head' liberal: Takes a position only after having given a matter a great deal of thought and/or done a great deal of research.

I recognize that quite likely no one is purely one or another of these, but broadly speaking, where do you see yourself?
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:24 PM
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1. I'm a liberal by intellect and natural instinct. I know what is right by
both these means.
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:25 PM
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2. I'm an "ass" liberal,
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 12:25 PM by iconoclastic cat
which means I spend most of my time sitting and complaining about conservatives.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:31 PM
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7. My ass "is" liberal, therefore I bust may ass for the libs!
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mother earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:26 PM
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3. The first two combined & always the third, because it's the right
thing.
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pooja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:27 PM
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4. Heart all the way... You feel what's right in the core of your soul..
We aren't here to fight against humanity, but to bring it to a peaceful tranquility. No soul should know hunger and pain. No soul should suffer the atrocities that man can think up. Its terribly disruptive to the continuity of what life is about.
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:27 PM
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5. Hmm, from these choices, I pick mostly "head" liberal, with a good
share of "ass" liberal. Not to be confused with the mythical "head-up-the-ass" liberal that Repubs like to talk about.
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rep the dems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:30 PM
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6. Probably a heart liberal.
But there's a little bit of all 3.
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SaveOurDemocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:35 PM
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9. Basically ...

Heart liberal, backed up by head.

Leave my ass out of this! :rofl:

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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:33 PM
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8. All 3 but mostly
2 and 3. My heart pretty much rules my brain. It is impossible for my brain to convince my heart that something is right when it seems to hurt others then the gut kicks in and my brain is overwhelmed. I use my brain mainly for evaluation because of my heart and gut. I have learned to trust them, they are more often right than wrong.

I think we all need all 3 to work together but each of us will have different ways we use them. That is what makes this all so wonderful even if frustrating at times.
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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:44 PM
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11. Guess I'm a head liberal - perhaps an activist
I research the issue and if I find it worth a fight I'm in there with both feet with my fingers on the computer. Have a blog!!!

http://nativeunity.blogspot.com
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BrewAz Donating Member (147 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:38 PM
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10. It 's a combination...
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 12:39 PM by BrewAz
At the "heart of it"...is a gut instinct that when you hear a Repub say something...it sounds off. Just listen to anything they say...this includes any current member of congress...the RushLimbo, O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter......and of course VPer and The Shrub. Virtually any and everything they say is a "spin" or a half truth...and my gut tells me they are hiding something.

I then do a little research...that proves my gut is correct...which then raises all kinds of concerns for people who are affected. They could be our soldiers, the people of a country we attack, the poor, the middle class....those with kids, those without jobs or those who are about to lose them...among others...and maybe most of all my kids and gkids.

Result...Even though I consider myself a conservative thinker....I guess I am a liberal. WHich makes me then ask: How can ANYONE be a Republican today?

BrewAz
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vixengrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:52 PM
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12. I guess I'm a "gut" liberal--
what I think they call a "knee-jerk lefty", most of the time.When I come to DU, I often find people saying the same things that occured to me when I've heard the latest Republican outrage.

I like the idea of 'foot' liberal, myself. Walks their feet right to the polls and votes their views.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:59 PM
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13. I'm not sure one is even a true liberal unless one is all three.
Nor am I sure where I'd place myself. Though I was never neocon, I started out as a Disraelian conservative. Disraeli once declared, "Power has only one duty, to secure the social welfare of the people." I became troubled with what conservatism was turning into, so I left the movement and, as I observed the horrors and inequities of unchecked capitalism throughout the world, was so repulsed and sickened that I moved progressively left, until I'm pretty much a social democrat verging on socialist now. I firmly believe that a liberal is primarily a social democrat who is dragging his feet, while a socialist is a liberal in a hurry. The difference is in the urgency.

Now, I don't know whether this change came about as a result of work from my head, heart, or gut, but since the head controls everything including emotion and instinct, and since it happened over a period of years, I'm theorizing that it was my head.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:32 PM
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14. I'm probably --mostly-- a gut liberal...
...but I usually find that my instinctive liberalism holds up pretty well to intellectual scrutiny and to moral consideration.
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heidler1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:54 PM
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15. I seem to be a function Liberal. I like to think of myself preferring
what I see as functional politics with a max liberal trend. What I hate about Bush's policies is they lack functional qualities because they are consistently minimally liberal/Democratic. IMO this leads to hate and more war sooner or later.
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Totally Committed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:32 PM
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16. While I classify as a "heart" Liberal, according to your definition...
Every iota of my being is Liberal, as far as I'm concerned. I got more pragmatic for a few years, but then the reality of Katrina brought me back to my roots in a nan-second. I believe I am, today, more radically Liberal than I have been in my whole life.

TC
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:16 PM
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17. All of the above.
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:44 PM
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18. Mostly Heart...
But some gut also. I find myself nowadays being for anything the thugs are against and against anything they're for.
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DuaneBidoux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:01 PM
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19. Head liberal with a brush of heart and of gut
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:12 AM
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21. Me too.
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Debs Donating Member (723 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:00 AM
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20. I am pretty much
A head liberal but I overanylize everything.
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