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I am proud to be a liberal and this is what I believe

<b>I am proud to be a liberal and this is what I believe</b>I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other, that we share this planet and its resources
I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. 1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. I believe that government has an obligation to the disadvantaged. Democratic presidents bequeathed to America the minimum wage, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. 2. I believe in universal healthcare. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen. 3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt. 4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist. 5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare. 6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multi billion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live. 7. I believe in secularism. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine. 8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you. 9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should go anywhere and have the world at their feet, but I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices like detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc. I believe the arc of American history has been one of generosity toward immigrants. America is a land of immigrants; America was built by immigrants. The United States became the world's leading industrial power at the turn of the 20th century, due to an outburst of entrepreneurship and industrialization in the Northeast and Midwest and the arrival of millions of immigrant workers and farmers from Europe. Immigrants work at high rates in jobs that are important to the American economy and communities. In 2018, the labor force participation rate of foreign-born adults was 65.7%, higher than the 62.3% rate for the native born. 10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation. 11. I believe the Trump administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can't get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past. 12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, billionaires, etc. -- need to start listening so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized. 13. I believe in gun control. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common sense gun regulations. 14. I believe that Global Warming presents the gravest threat to life on Earth in all of human history. I believe that it's science and not fiction that the planet is warming to a degree beyond what many species can handle, altering or eliminating habitat, reducing food sources, causing drought and other species-harming severe weather events, and even directly killing species that simply can't stand the heat. I believe that if we keep going along our current greenhouse gas emissions trajectory, climate change will cause more than a third of the Earth's animal and plant species to face extinction by 2050. Therefore, I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. 15. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn't they be? The bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved. I am a liberal because I believe that only liberalism creates a stable social order, promotes true democratic principles, equality and progress. I reject conservatism because it's regressive. I am a liberal because I don't believe in trickle-down economics. I believe in a stronger economy coupled with a fairer society. I reject hierarchized societies, which protect only the rich few and the powerful and in which a class warfare is the norm. "If by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people ---their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties ---someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'Liberal', then I'm proud to say I'm a Liberal" - JF Kennedy Copy and paste if you want, or share


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Cathy Vikulchik 2020-01-30 at 11:05

Why I am a liberal? I'm a liberal because I believe that government has an obligation to the disadvantaged. Democratic presidents bequeathed to America the minimum wage, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. This is a legacy that must be nourished and protected; indeed, it is a legacy that must be conserved. Capitalism, competition, and free trade are vital to a prosperous nation, but they will always result in winners and losers. It is the government's job to insure that the losers don't fall too far.

Why I'm A Liberal

Democrats are more in line with the will of the American people than are the Republicans
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