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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:10 PM

"Liberal" Is Not a Dirty Word

Of the many colorful words that come to my mind when thinking of conservatives, dumb is usually not one of them. In fact, the way in which the rhetoric of the political right targets the mainstream's thoughts and slips away without anyone seeing a source to shoot back at is a constant source of amazement to me. A good example of this is how so few Americans in a recent poll knew next to nothing about the Affordable Care Act except the lies promulgated by the Republican think tanks; this stealth rhetoric is responsible for qualifiers such as "tax and spend" and "bleeding heart" that are on the lips of most Americans when the word "liberal" is brought up. While everyone knows that President Obama has increased the national debt more than anyone before him, few people seem to know that President Reagan, the conservatives father figure, increased the national debt more than all the previous administrations combined by initiating the largest military build up the country has ever seen in times of peace. And, while we were at war during the Bush years (and we won't even get into the efficacy of those decisions), cutting taxes while spending those prodigious amounts of money, which doubled the debt once again, was a strange form of economics, to say the least, but the American people castigate Obama for wanting to raise taxes back to levels before the Bush fiasco. The point of all this is that no one is calling the Republicans "spend and spend" conservatives, and only liberals get a derogative name tag.

The adroit verbal maneuverings of conservatives have to be admired even beyond the economic arenas with the "bleeding heart" label, which elicits feelings of disgust toward those on the left. Notice how it is a bad thing to take an active interest in the disadvantaged in our society but a good thing to say "I've got mine, now, you get your own." In today's political climate, candidates have no qualms saying they are conservatives, while others are bending over back-wards to prove they are not liberals. And, while the cut-throat politics of capitalism have to be as far from the the teachings of Christ as a Satanic ritual, even most Christian groups are proud to call themselves conservatives.

The main difference between conservatives and liberals in not how much money each spends, but what the money is spent on. Should we cut money on Welfare and Social Security programs while we spend billions on corporate welfare? The true strength of a country comes from within, and I do not believe the market place can or will solve our deepest social inequities, but please forgive me -- I'm a liberal.

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Response to Left Turn Only (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:27 PM

1. Liberal is an awesome word.

I like it!

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 01:25 PM

2. the values behind the word are not in favor in DC these days, sadly nt

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Response to Left Turn Only (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 02:13 PM

3. The Bible seems to invoke it as a wonderful way to be.

So why do so many self-proclaimed Christians imbue it negatively?

None of these verses do:
Liberal (11 Occurrences)

Acts 10:2 He was religious and God-fearing--and so was every member of his household. He was also liberal in his charities to the people, and continually offered prayer to God. (WEY RSV)

Romans 12:8 or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Root in WEB WEY ASV NAS RSV)

2 Corinthians 8 : 7 Yes, just as you are already very rich in faith, readiness of speech, knowledge, unwearied zeal, and in the love that is in you, implanted by us, see to it that this grace of liberal giving also flourishes in you. (WEY)

2 Corinthians 8:20 For against one thing we are on our guard--I mean against blame being thrown upon us in respect to these large and liberal contributions which are under our charge. (WEY RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 9:13 seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all; (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)

1 Timothy 6:18 They must be beneficent, rich in noble deeds, open-handed and liberal; (WEY DBY RSV)

Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to be kind and liberal; for with sacrifices of that sort God is greatly pleased. (WEY)

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat. He who waters shall be watered also himself. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Proverbs 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of the liberal man; And every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. (ASV JPS)

Isaiah 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. (KJV JPS WBS)

Isaiah 32:8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand. (KJV JPS WBS)

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