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Many of these liberals fought for different causes, but what they all had in common was a love of some of the neediest of their fellow men and women that drove them to feel their suffering as though it was their very own and to fight with all of their being to liberate those victims of oppression and exploitation. And what did those oppressors all have in common? A desire to preserve and perpetuate their privileged status and/or unjust domination.
Americas 10 worst presidents:
The first table lists the kinds of people Conservatives don't want to be associated with. We liberals thank them for assembling such a great "honor roll" of liberals (although we might quibble over a few of the entries).
Their list of "conservative" heroes is hilarious, in that these people are so desperate for heroes that they include in their list some very famous LIBERALS, such as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr.!
of the Left :
Presidents & candidates : F.D.R., J.F.K., Hubert Humphrey, L.B.J., McGovern, Carter, Mondale, the Clintons, Biden, Obama and Sanders.
Senators : Ted Kennedy, Pat Leahy, Tom Daschle, Hillary Clinton, Paul Wellstone, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer,
Congressmen : Dick Gephardt, Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney.
Commentators : Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Alan Colmes, James Carville, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnel, Chris Mathews .
of the Right :
Presidents & candidates: Trump & Pence, the Bushes,Cheney, Reagan, Nixon, Ford and Goldwater,
Senators ": Bill Frist, Phil Gramm, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Trent Lott.
Congressmen : Paul Ryan, Boehner, Steve King, Louie Gohmert, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Tom Delay, Ron Paul.
Commentators : Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Mary Matlin, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck.
Leading Role in the movie classic
"It's a Wonderful Life":
|Capitalist Mr. Potter||Populist George Bailey|
We challenge anyone to take this brief quiz . It challenges the reader to guess which of 14 liberal-bashing quotations are from Adolf Hitler and which from Ann Coulter. In order to beat my own score all you have to do is to be right half the time!
"The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during recent years."
Adolf Hitler. ( in his first radio address to the German people after coming to power July 22, 1933; from My New Order, The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1, pp. 871-872, Oxford University Press, London, 1942.)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Just as the "Declaration of Independence" and the U.S. Constitution
(both based on the principle stated above), were extraordinary
triumphs of liberalism, so too is The United Nations'
Click here for the CONSERVATIVE alternative
to the liberal statue of liberty above.
"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. Suppose any party, in addition to whatever share it may possess of the ability of the community, has nearly the whole of its stupidity, that party must, by the law of its constitution, be the stupidest party; and I do not see why honorable gentlemen should see that position as at all offensive to them, for it ensures their being always an extremely powerful party . . . There is so much dense, solid force in sheer stupidity, that any body of able men with that force pressing behind them may ensure victory in many a struggle, and many a victory the Conservative party has gained through that power."
John Stuart Mill ( British philosopher, economist, and liberal member of Parliament for Westminster from 1865 to 68 ).
In 2002, was voted "the greatest Canadian of all time" by his countrymen.
(Of the ten other greatest Prime Ministers, #3, Pierre Elliott Trudeau & # 6, Lester B. Pearson, were also liberals .
I'm proud to say I'm a 'liberal.' President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume. When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated . . . As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come. So this bell calls us all; but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main . If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee ." John Donne (1572-1631)
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.- This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection to a few persons nearest to us. (the essence of "conservatism)
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." (the essence of "liberalism")
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."
"My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The '80s were about acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul."
"I was wrong to follow the meanness of Conservatism. I should have been trying to help people instead of taking advantage of them. I don't hate anyone anymore. For the first time in my life I don't hate somebody. I have nothing but good feelings toward people. I've found Jesus Christ It's that simple. He's made a difference." (in a February 1991 article for Life Magazine )
In the Fall of 2008, YES magazine published a great article on a great many issues on which the majority of Americans agree. Here's a great poster that summarizes all of these issues.
Although the article views the consensus on all of these issues as "non-partisan", I would argue that most of of the positions on these issues are more liberal than conservative.
See the whole article at http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=2836.