We have been called godless, child rapists, baby-killers, idiots, morons, anti-American, un-American, terrorist sympathizers, Nazis. commies, socialists, un-patriotic, crackheads, stupid ... We have been called just about every name in the book. The names I listed above are just the ones that I have been called since I started this blog on this site over a year ago.
There is only one group of people in America hated more than liberals, and that's lawyers, but barely.
This isn't a complaint. In fact I wear the names like a badge. The reason is simple. If someone stoops to the level of calling me an obscene name it means that can't debate against my point. There are some that can debate the point but stoop down to the level of name-calling. Yes the name calling does come from liberals as well and from time to time I have stooped to that level, but I am making a hard effort to stay away from that because it ads nothing to debate, it cheapens it.
Some key issues that I will address today as my defense are abortion, the death penalty, torture, health care, wars, and politics in general.
Right off the bat is abortion. Opponents of abortion are very quick to paint liberals that are pro-choice as pro-abortion or baby killers. This simply is not true. I don't know if this comes from ignorance or trying to paint an opponent as inhuman but I don't know of any person, anywhere that is pro-abortion. Those of us that are pro-choice don't like abortion, period. What we realize however is that abortions are going to happen whether they are legal or illegal. That is a fact. Our aim is to make sure that abortions are safe but at the same time educate the women about abortions and what they will have to deal with as a result of their decision.
Most liberals are against the death penalty. I am in that group but probably for a different reason than other liberals. I would be for the death penalty if it acted as a deterrent to murder. But it just isn't. Someone that has made the decision to kill another human just isn't concerned with the end result of their decision. Not only that, but I believe a person should have to sit in a prison cell for the rest of their life and deal with what they have done. Putting them to death is far too easy on them. I also don't believe in an eye for an eye, never have never will. I have been asked would that change if someone came into my house and killed my wife and children. The answer is absolutely not. Every year for the rest of my life I would go visit that person and make them look in my eye and explain to me why they did it and no, simply saying I don't know would not be an acceptable answer.
Torture is never the answer for anything no matter who the person is. The main reason is that torture does not work and it never has. A human being tortured will give any answer to make the pain stop and typically they will give the wrong answer. The main sticking point today is with militant Muslims. Since 2001, every Muslim man woman and child has been painted as a monster incapable of human though. Most sane people don't buy that concept, but for too long the people in power making the decisions bought into that belief. The fact is in the cases where our interrogators have actually sat down with those we have taken into custody we have gotten far more reliable information than any information attained from torture. I will say this and most people (liberals, moderates, and conservatives) will agree, torture is inhumane and it is un-American.
Most liberals favor a single payer system for the health care reform debate that is occurring right now in the United States. I honestly don't know enough about the single payer system but I do strongly favor the public option. So much so, that any Democrat that votes against a bill because it has the public option in it I will not vote for them in the next election. The public option is a good idea and it will cover most if not all Americans. What it will not do, and the fact that this idea is even being mentioned is ridiculous, is bankrupt insurance companies. Most of those today that have the best of the best insurance and pay the most into insurance companies are not going to switch to the government option. In Arkansas they have a government run insurance for children called ARKids. Not every child in Arkansas is on that system, only those kids whose parents can't afford insurance. For most families that have their children on ARKids, the parents don't have any insurance of their own. Most liberals believe that all Americans should have affordable health care and if the insurance companies are unwilling (and they are) to lower their prices so that everyone can get insurance then we believe that the government should offer it's own insurance that people can afford. If it causes the insurance companies to go out of business (which it won't and it's rather silly for anyone to believe that it will) than so be it. They have had a chance to lower their prices and allow everyone to get insurance but they have not done it.
In the United States a lot of people have said that liberals have started the most wars. This simply is not true. As I stated in my last blog the presidents that started the wars that were Democrats (Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson) were not true liberals. They were for the most part left of center but they had several conservative viewpoints. Liberals ideology is not war faring. When it comes to foreign affairs we believe that the best way to accomplish anything is to talk things through. The prevailing thought in the United States since 2001 has been that some people are just not human enough to talk to. Everyone can be talked to. You don't have to threaten everyone you come across. I always preach to my children that they have to pick their battles, not every fight is worth fighting. In the United States our political hierarchy has to start learning how to pick their battles. We are not the world's policeman.
Just as a final note regarding religion. You will find higher numbers of liberals being atheist than conservatives but they are in no way indicative of all liberals. Most liberals are religious we may just not all be Christians, which in America, despite having an amendment guaranteeing freedom of religion it is now a negative not to be Christian. But we are evolving. Until John F. Kennedy became president the worst thing a national politician could be was Catholic.
When if comes to politics in general the bottom line is that liberals tend to want to compromise and get the best ideas from both sides into a final bill.
The bottom line to all of this is that liberals are still American we just have different ideas of how to improve the country. We can agree to disagree but no one should consider another person less of an American because of different ideologies.
Yesterday there was yet another Tea Party rally in Washington partly hosted by Michelle Bachmann in Washingtong D.C. While I won't discuss the ever dwindling numbers for these events, I will discuss a certain Representative from Missouri, Todd Akin.
In his zeal to attack liberals he completely butchered the Pledge of Allegiance. Not only was he using crib notes (as you can see him looking down at the podium several times through the pledge) he leaves out the word indivisible (you could venture to guess the real reasons he left that word out).
He says in the video that the pledge drives liberals crazy (yet another baseless attack). No Congressman the only thing about the pledge that drives liberals crazy are people like yourself who place yourself as being a better American yet you don't even know the pledge from heart. Actually I think this drives MOST Americans crazy.
Here's the video for those that think I am making this up: