Monday, August 15, 2005

Liberal Agenda

Dear Average Republican,

There is NO "liberal agenda" but the shared interest of liberals who want to see things get better for everyone. You, your parents, and the guy who bags groceries down at the corner market. Liberals want to see you with enough money to buy groceries, pay off your house, and put at least one fuel-efficient vehicle in your garage.

It's not an agenda. It's people hoping for the best for other people.

It's about hoping that your Uncle John, who's been farming the same plot of land for the last 40 years, doesn't lose his farm because he falls off his tractor and breaks his leg and can't pay his doctor bill. It's about hoping that you have some options when your town's biggest employer goes belly-up because it can't compete with that textile factory in China.

It's about making sure you get paid enough that you don't have to take two or three jobs just to make ends meet. So you can spend more time with your you can play catch with your kids, or take them fishing on weekends, or take them to the local swimming hole or municipal pool to teach them how to swim.

It's not an agenda to want the best for people. It's just humanity. It's about being a good neighbor, even if that neighbor lives half a country away.

Ask a liberal what empathy's about understanding where someone else is coming from. And most of us try very hard, even if we don't agree.

Being a liberal isn't about making fun of God, or your beliefs about him. Most liberals take the Sermon on the Mount to heart. They try to live the teachings of Jesus, even if some aren't sure he's really the Son of God. Thomas Jefferson called him the World's Greatest Moral Philosopher. You'll find very few liberals who'd disagree with that.

It's because of liberals that your ten year olds get to go to school rather than being forced to work in factories for spare change. It's because of liberals that you can trust your workplace to be safe and free of unexpected dangers. It is because of liberals that, should you be injured at work, you can expect fair medical treatment and compensation for your lost work, and have money coming in if you’re laid off. It’s also because of liberals that you have reasonably clean water to drink and bathe in, and that the local swimming hole isn’t completely polluted.

That's what we do. We try to look out for everybody. Even the people who hate us. We don't have an agenda. We don't take marching orders from anyone. We do what we do because we believe in people. We believe in you.

All we ask is that you begin to believe in us..

Thursday, August 11, 2005

What the Right just doesn't get about Cindy Sheehan

When I hear some Repub standing in the RW echo chamber saying things like "Cindy Sheehan is a tool of the radical left" I am as disgusted as most other progressives.

You know what the problem is, right? The pundits and conservative bloggers are, in effect, little more than puppets of the regime, and can't really understand someone acting independent of outside controls. To them it's far more reasonable she's doing Michael Moore's bidding than coming up with this on her has to be a part of an agenda because they can't live outside THEIR agenda...there are no personal choices--it's like the Communist Party in China or the former Soviet Union. The Party comes first. Loyalty to the Party and State above all.

Cindy is about, for, and from the people--all the people who stand in opposition to the war, and all those who actually feel something for those who have fallen. People like Michael Moore are following her, not the other way around. She's in the vanguard now, with the "professional" activists rushing to catch up.I can understand their confusion. To them for whom authority is to be admired and emulated rather than questioned, the idea of someone stepping outside some form of authority and acting on their own is unthinkable.

See, people like Cindy prefer to think for themselves. Following a party line is for those who want to be told what to think.

Like Republicans.