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Why I am a liberal.

Original post made by Alice Smith, Green Acres, on Oct 24, 2008

I would like to remind people that being a liberal means according to Wikipedia: By voting No on 4 and No on 8 you would be supporting individuals' right to be left along by government, limiting the power of government over your individual freedoms.

"Liberalism is a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that consider individual liberty to be the most important political goal.[1]

Liberalism emphasizes individual rights and equality of opportunity. Different forms of liberalism may propose very different policies, but they are generally united by their support for a number of principles, including freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, an individual's right to private property[2], free markets[2], and a transparent system of government.[3]All liberals — as well as some adherents of other political ideologies — support some variant of the form of government known as liberal democracy, with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law.[4]

Modern liberalism has its roots in the Age of Enlightenment and rejected many foundational assumptions that dominated most earlier theories of government, such as the Divine Right of Kings, hereditary status, established religion, and economic protectionism[5][6][7]."

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Very clearly stated. One can easily see why self-styled conservatives hate liberalism.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm

"supporting individuals' right to be left along by government, limiting the power of government over your individual freedoms"


I take it then, that you do not believe in:

1. Confiscatory taxation, especially that which disproportionately taxes at rates higher for one segment of the population vs. another.

2. Government power to punish people and organizations that do not agree with the cause of the day (e.g. gay marriage).

3. Government forcing banks to issue subprime loans...leading to a financial collapse.

4. Government preventing parents from having the right to know what their childrens' pregnancy status is.

5. Government forcing the majority of people to accept gay marriage. Do you also support polymgamy? Incest?

6. (I could go on and on, but you would probably disagree).

You seem to be defining 19th centruy liberlaism, yet you clearly support the 20th century version, which is quite the opposite.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2008 at 5:07 pm

The term "liberal" has become corrupted in the US, it now equals socialism at best, communism and national socialism at worst.

It is completely different from Traditional Liberalism.

Pioneers of traditional liberalism such as Adam Smith conceptualized free markets, free trade, invisible hand, spontaneous order, and how they lead to prosperity.
Traditional liberals argued that economic systems based on free markets are more efficient and generate more prosperity.

Those these days true to the traditions of liberalism are the Libertarians and the Western Republicans, like Mitt Romney.

I look forward to his presidency when we can get back to the basics that made America great.
Unfortunately anti Mormon bigots got in his way this time around.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Libs believe in though contol?

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 25, 2008 at 10:58 am

Romney, a "liberal","Western Republican"? He equals socialized health care in Massachusetts.
(BTW, many Libertarians are anarchists which is not traditional liberalism.)

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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 25, 2008 at 10:40 pm

I find it disquieting that people use labels to characterize a person. Since all labels mean different things to different people, this does not help communication.

For example, my definition of a conservative does not fit our current government leaders. Using fear as a tool, they have created an overriding Homeland Security Dept. which has carte blanche to invade our privacy without a warrant. So far citizens still have habeas corpus, but who knows when that may disappear.

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Posted by Browning
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 10:46 am

"Why?" Because all I haply can and do,
And that I am now, all I hope to be, -
Whence comes it save from fortune setting free
Body and soul the purpose to pursue,
God traced for both? If letters not a few,
Of prejudice, convention, fall from me,
These shall I bid men - each in his degree
Also God-guided - bear, and gaily, too?
But little do or can the best of us:
That little is achieved through Liberty.
Who, then, dares hold, emancipated thus,
His fellow shall continue bound? Not I,
Who live, love, labor freely, nor discuss
A brother's right to freedom. That is "Why."

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 26, 2008 at 11:15 am

Wall Street Journal, by John Fund todayWeb Link

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- or Acorn -- the troubled left-wing activist group, has new headaches.
Last week Michael Slater, head of its Project Vote, admitted that some 400,000 of its claimed 1.3 million newly registered voters were rejected by election officials as either duplicates or fraudulent --
i.e. it doesn't sound as if Acorn's vaunted "quality control" efforts were all that effective.

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