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LatteLibertine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:16 PM
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Who else is proud to be a liberal Democrat?
Edited on Sat Nov-08-08 01:26 PM by LatteLibertine
Honestly, I get tired of hearing people vilify the label. So kick and rec if you fit the subject line.

Why would anyone be ashamed of promoting empathy, tolerance and social justice?

Ann Coulter calls me "godless" and "brainless". I call her Ann Coulter. See the difference :)
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amyrose2712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:19 PM
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1. Greedy, anti-equality jerks?
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:20 PM
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2. Empathy, Tolerance, Social & Economic Justice, Understanding, Inclusion, Conservation, Posterity....

PEACE

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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:21 PM
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3. I remember the days before liberals were vilified.
20 years ago, being a liberal was respected. Then Rush Limbaugh came along. I'm not sure, but I think Rush Limbaugh singlehandedly started the hate campaign against the left.
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:34 PM
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17. Personally, I mark the transition where Reagan entered the White House.
Everything post-Reagan was different. Hell, you could argue everything post-assassinations was different. The whole country was torn apart by that war, and then all these leaders were gunned down. If they had all lived, I believe the US would've been a much different place. Frankly, I think America would've been a much better place had they lived.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:32 PM
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34. i look at reagan's presidency as a sea change
for this country as well. the age of "greed is good" and the needy can fuck off. rich getting richer, poor getting poorer. i'm at a loss to explain his popularity; he was never popular in my house.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 05:12 PM
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40. I agree our decline started with Reagan.
I couldn't believe that a moronic B grade actor was president. I couldn't believe that people were turning their back on Carter's message of energy independence & conservation. I often wonder, if we had continued with Carter's policies, where we would be today?

Trickle down economics? What the fuck? Who builds anything from the top down? Why would you build your economy that way? The repubs have been very successful at making the American people fearful of the word 'liberal' & resentful of paying taxes.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 05:30 PM
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42. I have always been a liberal and said so. I stand with other out liberals such
as James Garner, my Dad and Mom and the incomparable and outstanding Richard Widmark.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 09:10 AM
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52. Ohhh actors!
I have to add Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum and Sterling Hayden from Reagan's time. Liberals who acted circles around Ronny.
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StarryNite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:21 PM
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4. Liberal and proud.
Only ignorant people think being liberal is a bad thing.
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peruban Donating Member (888 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:23 PM
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5. Can I get a "wah-wah"?
Edited on Sat Nov-08-08 01:25 PM by peruban
Seriously, can I get one? :hi: :dem:
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:28 PM
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11. How about a . . . .

YYYYYYYeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - HHHHHHHHHhhhaaaaaaa



:bounce:
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:44 PM
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24. Upon reading your sig, how about a . . .
Om namah Shivaya!
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:23 PM
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6. Proud to be a lifelong Democrat and a lefty latte-loving
LIBERAL! :dem:
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:24 PM
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I am liberal, progressive, anti fascist and proud as hell!
I own a gun and a Bible and I'm a Democrat! :dem:
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:24 PM
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7. K and R from this proud liberal
The irony is that many of the national politicians today who are vilified as liberal aren't really even all that liberal.

Amazing to think that when I was young there was actually such a thing as a liberal Republican.

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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:36 PM
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36. there was?
i'm 53 and can't remember that far back...unless you're talking about people like my mother who described herself as politically conservative and socially liberal. she was indeed a die-hard republican who wept when nixon resiged (i'd come over to watch it with her and gloat, and her tears took all the fun out of it for me) and yet on a personal level was one of the least judgmental people i have ever or will ever know.
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 04:11 PM
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38. Yup.
It may just be a matter of labeling, but off the top of my head, I can think of a handful of people from not so long ago, who were considered "liberal Republicans."

  • Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill)
  • Sen. Charles Mathias (R-Md)
  • Rep. John Lindsay (R-NY)
  • Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-Ct.)
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    tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:26 PM
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    8. I've always been proud . . .
    . . . and always will be.

    :kick:

    We can thank Dubya's daddy for attempting to make "liberal" a dirty word.
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    NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:26 PM
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    9. Proud Liberal Here
    Move over Ghandi, I'm to the left of you.....

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    BunkerHill24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:27 PM
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    10. "Who else is proud to be a liberal Democrat?"
    Hear, Hear!...I am!
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    Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:30 PM
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    12. Me.
    I am a liberal.
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    Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:30 PM
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    13. Liberal just means Compassionate and Intelligent to me :D
    Yeah that's right :woohoo:
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    IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 10:40 PM
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    45. No better way to describe it
    :thumbsup:
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    magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:30 PM
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    14. I'm proud to be a liberal independent
    I won't become a liberal Democrat until they get back to championing social causes with a progressive spirit.
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    Native Donating Member (885 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 10:16 PM
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    43. Me too!
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    Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:31 PM
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    15. I'm just a liberal
    who just happens to be a Democrat.
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    Granny M Donating Member (182 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:32 PM
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    16. I am. nt
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    niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 02:31 PM
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    28. welcome to DU
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    defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:36 PM
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    18. ME---!!!
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    Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:37 PM
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    19. Another proud Liberal Democrat
    Liberal from birth, Democrat since the age of 14.
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    zehnkatzen Donating Member (769 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:37 PM
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    20. Not only yes, but HELL YES! n/t k/r
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    Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:39 PM
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    21. K & R.
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    ComtesseDeSpair Donating Member (529 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:42 PM
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    22. Who wouldn't be?
    It means you're a good person. Everyone should strive to be liberal.
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    Middle finga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:44 PM
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    23. Now I hope and pray that our side can rescue the country
    If the Dems are able to get this country back on the right track, make people feel good and have confident again, we can put the Republicans out of business. The repubs would be the minority party for generations to come.
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    bamacrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 01:53 PM
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    25. Oooh me me I am.
    Hopefully conservative can gaina negative moniker. Liberals are realists. as Stephen Colbert said reality has a well known liberal bias.
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    libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 02:21 PM
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    26. Yes, I am!
    Edited on Sat Nov-08-08 02:23 PM by libodem
    I am not religious but I think being 'liberal' means thinking of others in the same way that Christ meant us to think of others. With charity. To take care of the orphans, widows, sick and poor. Not to treat the disenfranchised as if their plight is somehow punishment for wrong-doing. ie If you are down on your luck or health you did something to deserve it...like being lazy. We are only as strong as our weakest links. If we start letting people die in the streets or in prisons because they have no home or can't go to the hospital I don't know how exactly but it will turn around and bite us on the ass. It is much better to be proactive and celebrate lives as worth protecting and assisting.
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    wickedweasle Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 02:25 PM
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    27. i am
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    yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 02:31 PM
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    29. right here! and proud of it. nt
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    goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 02:35 PM
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    30. I'm very proud to be a libral. Just hoping that Obama doen't go to the center.
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    bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:16 PM
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    32. I hope he doesn't go further to the right.
    I have to keep posting this:
    http://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2008
    "When examining the chart it's important to note that although most of the candidates seem quite different, in substance they occupy a relatively restricted area within the universal political spectrum. Democracies with a system of proportional representation give expression to a wider range of political views. While Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader are depicted on the extreme left in an American context, they would simply be mainstream social democrats within the wider political landscape of Europe. Similarly, Obama is popularly perceived as a leftist in the United States while elsewhere in the west his record is that of a moderate conservative. For example, in the case of the death penalty he is not an uncompromising abolitionist, while mainstream conservatives in all other western democracies are deeply opposed to capital punishment. "

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    bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:13 PM
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    31. Been a liberal Democrat since age 18. nt
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    barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:30 PM
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    33. absolutely
    bleeding heart here, since i can remember. my son made me take an online political test the other day. "hard-core democrat," as if there was ever a doubt. anti-sexist, anti-racist, humanist, and i believe in love and the transformational power of love.
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    Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:35 PM
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    35. Left of liberal, left of Democrat (but still supportive of Democratic candidates)
    and certainly proud. :)
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    Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 03:37 PM
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    37. Me.
    I gotta go buy some Birkenstocks and start drinking lattes. Ann Coulter is a Nazi. Yes, I can say it. Nazis were infamous for quashing dissent by accusing anyone left of them as being unpatriotic and godless.
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    Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 04:57 PM
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    39. I am.
    :hi:
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    CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 05:18 PM
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    41. Proud liberal here!!
    Back in early '04, I googled "when did liberal become a dirty word" & the below DU article was the first hit. It was how I discovered DU.

    "When Did Liberal Become a Dirty Word?"

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/02/11/23_...

    Liberal: adj. 1. relating to or having social and political views that favor progress and reform. 2. relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom. 3. giving and generous in temperament or behavior. 4. tolerant of other people. (Collins Concise English Dictionary)

    "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." So goes the youthful nursery rhyme, but as we grew older we discovered that it really wasn't true, that names indeed can be hurtful. Flex your memory and remember the times you heard (or used) someone use a racial or ethnic slur, and remember the pain they inflicted and the anger they provoked.

    Which brings us to the question of this essay. How did the term "liberal" become a dirty word in modern American political rhetoric? In so many Letters to the Editor, on radio talk shows, etc.?

    Initiating such a discussion as this may seem a little too academic or pedagogical, but semantics, i.e., labels, are important. Labels are too often used as weapons, used to smear another whose views we disagree with. But it seems self-evident that terms such as "commie pinko" or "femi-nazi" are applied to people only to discredit them and their viewpoints which may be quite legitimately held.

    --more at link

    ===
    It's an excellent article!
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    Juche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 10:33 PM
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    44. egalitarianism, science, compassion, justice, competence
    Yep, I'm proud of that.
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    Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 10:46 PM
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    46. Call me 'Liberal.'
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    BlueCollar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 10:47 PM
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    47. add me to the list..n/t
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    Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 10:49 PM
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    48. So liberal I left the increasingly-conservative Dem party YEARS ago.
    Proud to be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more liberal than them.

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    mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-08-08 11:06 PM
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    49. I was a card carrying member of the Liberal Democrats.
    Still vote for them when I can in UK parliamentary elections.

    Thankfully when the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged in the 1980s' they didn't go with Liberal Social Democrats... otherwise we would be the LSD Party.

    Mark.

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    Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 08:47 AM
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    50. I am TOTALLY liberal....completely!
    I am probably a Socialist in many respects ~~ particularly in the areas of medical/dental care and education. Everyone has a right to be healty and pain-free and everyone who would bring excellece to our nation, should be helped getting the education he/she wants and will use for the betterment of society.

    :hi:
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    OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 08:57 AM
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    51. Always Have Been And Always Will Be.
    To me, I've always associated being a liberal Democrat with simply being a decent human being. I think all truly decent human beings by default are liberal democrats, even if some of them don't even quite realize it. So yeah, I'm damn proud to be one.
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    Kansas Wyatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 10:14 AM
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    53. Late 30's, looks die-hard country, and people would presume I would be republican.
    I've always been a liberal and would NEVER ever vote for a republican. When people bash liberals, I promptly tell them to give up all that Liberal Democrats have given them in this country, which usually shuts them down.
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