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Thank A Liberal – Redux

Thank a liberal

From dKosopedia

If you do not have skin cancer, and have ever stood outside without having a peeling sunburn within moments, thank the ozone layer, thank the ban on CFCs, and thank a liberal.

If you have not died in a heat wave, drought, hurricane, flood, wildfire, or other climate change disaster, and like the idea of your children and grandchildren not living in desert wastelands, thank a liberal.

If you have ever breathed clean air or drank clean water, thank a liberal.

If no woman you know has died or been maimed in a back-alley Abortion, thank a liberal.

If you have never been lynched, or had your children firebombed in a church, thank a liberal.

If you are glad we don’t live in a right-wing dictatorship along the lines of what conservatives overtly and covertly created in IranGuatamalaNicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the CongoChileBrazilEl Salvador, the PhillipinesIndonesia and many others, thank a liberal.

If you have ever used Medicare, thank a liberal.

If you have not gotten cancer from radiation, thank the Nuclear test ban and thank a liberal.

If you have ever sat on a public seat, drank from a drinking fountain, stood on a bus, or done anything in public without worrying about being beaten up for being in the wrong section for your skin color, thank a liberal.

If you’ve ever driven on an interstate highway, thank a liberal.

If you grew up in a family of less than 12 kids, like the idea of being able to choose if you have 12 kids or not, if you don’t live in an overpopulated third world slum, or just think birth control is a good idea, thank a liberal.

If your family benefited from the GI Bill of Rights, FHA Mortgages, and so forth, thank a liberal.

If you have ever bought anything from Europe, and are glad the Marshall plan kept it from remained a bombed-out shell or falling to communism or neo-fascism, thank a liberal.

If you are glad that the Nazis don’t control half the world (conservatives opposed joining World War 2 until it was forced on them) thank a liberal.

If you have ever eaten food (agricultural subsidies), flicked on a light switch (rural electrification) or benefited from the Tennessee Valley Authority, thank a liberal.

If you ever drank a beer or a glass of wine without being thrown in jail, thank a liberal.

If you are not a land-owning white male, but have voted, thank a liberal.

If you have not died from tainted meat, been prescribed something useless or poisonous by a quack doctor, have not given your children cough syrup which turned out to have heroin as its secret ingredient, thank a liberal. (and Nixon)

If your workplace is safe and you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights without being lynched, thank a liberal.

If you’ve ever seen a national park, and it hadn’t been strip mined and clearcut into a desert wasteland, thank a liberal.

If you have never suffered from an economy of massive deflation, and have never even heard of an economic phenomenon called a “panic”, thank a liberal.

If your children go to school instead of working in coal mines, thank a liberal.

If you’re a Native American and have not been killed or died in a concentration camp, or if you live near Native Americans and are not at war with them, thank a liberal.

If you have an industrial or high-tech job – or really, any job other than those available in a slave-powered cash crop economy (ie, a third world economy) thank a liberal.

If you’re not a slave or “indentured servant” (white slave), don’t think protection of slavery belongs in the constitution, if you’ve never been chained to a boat where half the passengers die, been whipped, had your family split up, been forced to “breed” with another slave you’ve never met, been raped by your boss, or killed for not being profitable, thank a liberal.

If you oppose political parties starting massive wars to destroy America, just because they lost the election, and killing hundreds of thousands of Americans in process – if you just don’t have that much fanatical hatred of Lincoln’s policy of to restricting slavery to states where it already existed, thank a liberal.

If you’re part-Irish, Catholic, Jewish, or for that matter anything not Anglo-Saxon Protestant, and are allowed to live in America, and are not harassed and attacked for failing to be born Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or if you’ve ever bought or used anything built by a non-ASP American, thank a liberal.

If you kind of like freedom of speech, and don’t want the state government to be able to censor you – (you think the 14th amendment is a good idea) – thank a liberal.

If you have ever bought or sold anything transported by the transcontinental railroad, or eaten food from a farm created by the railroad, thank a liberal.

If you think the US constitution is pretty cool, and have ever traveled too or done business with a country whose democracy was inspired by the American revolution, thank a liberal.

If you have not been drafted and used as cannon-fodder in some war caused by some petty insult between nobles, clan leaders, or other various overfed dictators, or suffered rape or looting in one of those countless wars, thank a liberal.

If you have not been tortured to death in a religious inquisition, thank a liberal.

If you don’t have to walk though ankle-deep sewage in the streets (because sewers are big gummint), thank a liberal.

If you have ever done anything that is a religious or superstitious taboo (ie, done anything at all) without being stoned to death or cast out as a heretic, thank a liberal.

If you have never been raped, and then had the rapist escape punishment on the grounds that he marry you, thank a liberal.

If you are not a slave toiling to build a pyramid for some lazy dictator who’s so spoiled he thinks he’s god, and won’t even see it until he’s dead, thank a liberal.

If you have not been killed as a human sacrifice in the name of some god, thank a liberal.

In short, if you’ve ever enjoyed anything of the post-stone-age world, thank a liberal.

…And if not, become a conservative.

“Liberal policies made America the freest, wealthiest, most successful and most powerful nation in human history. Conservatism in power always threatens to undo that national progress, and is almost always frustrated by the innate decency and democratic instincts of the American people…” - Joe Conason

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‘You Know You’re a Liberal If…’ 33 Litmus Tests for Liberals

Addicting Info

  1. You can discern the geographic distance between Kenya and Hawaii.
  2. Bernie Sanders is one of your favorite senators.
  1. You’re seriously considering dropping Verizon and switching to Credo Mobile.
  1. You get much of your news from Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher and/or Jon Stewart.
  1. You’re in favor of tax increases to support the common good even if you have to pay more yourself.

This, of course, is an ironic look at how Republicans see Liberals. http://www.peoplescube.com

  1. You recognize that marijuana is physically less harmful than either cigarettes or alcohol.
  1. You understand Citizens United is about 5 conservative justices who are united against citizens and who favor the corporate control of elections.
  1. You get that Ron Paul is no better than the Tea Party.
  1. You’ve pissed off a conservative in your life by railing against Fox News or Sarah Palin.
  1. You have an “Obama ‘08” or “Obama 2012” logo riding on your bumper.
  1. You are a fan of a dozen or more liberal pages on Facebook.
  1. At some point, you wore dreads or went barefoot in public – or you know a few people who fit this description.
  1. You read food labels.
  1. You have gay friends and you respect them.
  1. You probably graduated from college and your degree probably isn’t in marketing or business administration.
  1. You post to Facebook and Twitter in support of liberal causes. A conservative friend may have un-friended you because of your posts.
  1. You support the middle class.
  1. You don’t think NPR is biased.
  1. You think the Koch brothers are evil.
  1. You’ve been following the dogged and brave uprising in Wisconsin.
  1. You prefer to breathe non-cancer-causing air and drink non-toxic water.
  1. You value a good standard of living for the public over corporate profits.
  1. You believe people should be able to choose, in private, the family planning option that’s right for them.
  1. You use hash tags like #p2, #p21, #topprog, and #taxtherich on Twitter.
  1. You are serious about recycling.
  1. You actually care that the ice caps are melting, coral reefs are dying and bio-diversity is diminishing.
  1. You can find Iraq on a map while realizing that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
  1. You’ve been called a hippie, a bleeding heart or a tree hugger.
  1. You believe education and health care should be subsidized for the common good.
  1. GOP voter suppression is ticking you off enough to mobilize the vote within your circles.
  1. You’ve given to a homeless person – ever.
  1. You cringe when you hear Obama referred to as a “one-term president.”
  1. You have gotten into a heated online debate with a Republican troll and even though you didn’t change their mind it still felt good to defeat their logic.

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The Truth About “Fiscal Conservatives” vs “Tax And Spend Liberals”

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Obama Booed at Netroots! Some Liberals Frustrated by Pace of Obama’s Change!

Unfortunately, the POTUS’ hope and change message will not be as effective in 2012 as it was in 2008.

The  reality for liberals is that President Obama is not a liberal president.   Most people in the media and most politicians see him as a moderate.  Of course the exception is Fox News Channel which peddles the incessant “Obama is a socialist” meme.

A significant amount of liberals/progressives may not vote for Obama in November 2012, making it highly possible for  Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain,  Sarah Palin or any other Tea Party wacko to become President of the United States.

Common Dreams

What’s a frustrated liberal to do? Democrats on the ideological left are grousing that President Barack Obama is just not that into them, and they’re soul searching at a big weekend meeting about the strained political relationship as he seeks re-election.

Might they stay home when he asks them to vote for him again?

“We were promised he would be our fierce advocate. And I don’t think he has been fierce and I don’t think he likes to advocate very much,” said John Aravosis, an editor with AMERICAblog who has written about gay rights issues.

But Obama’s advisers hope that between now and November 2012 the president can persuade this critical part of his base to turn out in droves again, and the wooing by aides was well under way Friday.

“I promise he is as frustrated as you are,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told about 2,400 bloggers and activists attending the annual Netroots Nation conference. He assured them they were “a very important part of the coalition that got him here.”

Not that it feels that way for many liberals who consider Obama’s record a mixed bag at best when it comes to championing their causes.

They see him as being too willing to compromise with Republicans on such issues as dropping the proposed public option for the health insurance overhaul and extending George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest. They’re pleased he signed a law to repeal the ban on openly gay service members, but many feel that happened only after incessant pressure on the White House.

Others complain that Obama has embraced big business, unimpressed by Wall Street regulation changes and annoyed that Obama appointed General Electric chief executive Jeff Immelt to lead a presidential advisory council on competitiveness even as the company avoided paying federal taxes in 2010.

One panel at the conference reflected the rift: “What to Do When Your President Is Just Not That Into You.” Moderator Joan McCarter jokingly called it “The ‘president isn’t our boyfriend anymore’ panel.”

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Election and Democracy Part III: Mark Crispin Miller (Video)

Prof. Mark Crispin Miller has something to say, but nobody’s listening, except his students and a few conspiracy theorists.

I believe folks should hear what he has to say and draw their own conclusions.

Here is a clip from The Left Forum 2011 in which Miller participated.

 

Watch the entire forum here…

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A Liberal New Year’s Resolution

From the website Republican Dirty Tricks.  Illustrations are from The Fifth Column photo archives.

It’s time to stop pretending that Republicans (and their DLC Corporate Dem enablers) want the American Middle Class to be strong, vibrant and economically-secure, but just hold different ideas than liberals on how to get there. THEY DON’T. Conservative ideology is quite simple, as old as recorded history and can be boiled down to 2 words: CHEAP LABOR – and they won’t stop inflicting their greed-centered policies on us until the middle class are permanently relegated to status Conservatives consider their natural “place” – compliant Serfs.

One doesn’t have to stretch their imagination too far to glimpse this Republican vision of our future – just turn back the clock to the “Gilded Age” – when super-rich robber barons controlled their operatives in government, lived in opulence while lording over the common people.

All we have to do is look around at the world Republicans have created to examine the fruits of their ideology – and their insistence to remain on that path despite the damage it does to the American worker, and the truth is plain.

Don’t take my word for it… take if from the Republicans themselves. In spite of Republican Pollster Frank Luntz’s directive for Republicans to stay on their fake populist message, the compulsively pro-corporate, GOP class war agenda can’t help but slip from their well-fed mouths – thankfully, many times on camera.

From Joe Barton’s apology to corporate felon BP, to Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle’s view that unemployment benefits are ‘spoiling’ the lazy citizenry, GOP staffers are kept petty busy releasing retractions every time one of these out-of-touch bastards comes out of their gated communities to spit in the face of the middle class, destroyed by 30 years of Reaganomics.

But the facts are staring us in the face. For instance, Conservatives may long for a 1950’s America for its rigid social and gender mores and racial hierarchies, but not for the top marginal tax rate of over 90% which had American industry investing in America to the benefit of all. The numbers speak for themselves. In the 1950s, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to 1. (for more stats, read the Business Insider article: 22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America)

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/22-statistics-that-prove-the-middle-class-is-being-systematically-wiped-out-of-existence-in-america-2010-7##ixzz19MIzLpxh

Concentrating more and more wealth into the hands of fewer people – the RIGHT people – is wonderful news for Conservatives! Alan Greenspan himself has boasted that his job as Fed chairman included the responsibility to create “worker insecurity”, so the plebs don’t get too uppity and pester their “betters” for a raise as their wages are driven into the ground for higher CEO profits. An appalling statement given the fact that real average hourly earnings (excluding fringe benefits) now stand roughly at 1974 levels. Meaning, there’s been no real wage increase in over 35 years despite an 86% increase in productivity. (Again, for more stats, read the Business Insider article: 22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America.)

So as John Boehner takes over the “People’s House,” to go to bat for his true masters – the rich and their giant transnational corporations – and the incoming chairman of the House banking committee, Republican Spencer Bachus, says Congress and federal regulators should “serve the banks,” let’s remember that nothing spells GOP recovery like a suffering American Middle Class. Despite the fact that the rich are doing fabulously well off of the sacrifices of the rest of us, Republicans will continue to demand more sacrifice from working people (Austerity! Austerity!) while shielding their rich benefactors from the repercussions caused by their own unbridled greed.

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I found this comment on Huffington Post under the topic: Beck Borrows Lines From Obama 2008 Stump Speech During DC Rally.

Since it speaks to so many of the ideals of the modern “progressive”, I wanted to share it on this blog:

“Joe gets up in the morning and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his coffee. The water is clean because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow he takes his daily medication with is safe because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure it’s safety.

All but $10 of his medications are a are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – so Joe gets it too.

On the shampoo label the ingredients are all properly labeled because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body.

Outside Joe breathes deeply of clean air because some wacko environmentalist fought against industrial pollution.

He walks the government provided sidewalk to the subway for his government subsidized ride to work.

Joe’s job provides him with excellent pay, medical benefits, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed workman’s comp kicks in because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of an injury or temporary situation.

At noon Joe goes to the bank to pay bills where his deposit is insured by the FDIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers.

He visits his father who survives on social security supplied because some liberals worked for it.

Etc. ETc.”

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