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#1 – Why I am a “Liberal”

September 16, 2012

First, a quick explanation about why I consider myself a liberal. Actually, I don’t like that term anymore, because too many liberals, I’ve learned, are very -liberal- about where they stand on the issues. I voted for Obama to END the wars, end warrantless wire tapping, stop the torture and secret prisons, stop the hugely destructive and racist drug war, get healthcare to everyone, and, most of all, hold the big bankers and CEOs on Wall Street accountable for destroying this country with their massive fraud, because that’s exactly what they did. Obama has done none of that, and I hear too many Liberals say things like “well, we can’t just leave Iraq and Afghanistan,’ and we can’t have actual universal healthcare.” Where did all of the fire go? What about change? What about “yes we can?” Guess we can’t?

So, that’s what I’ve come to understand as “liberal.” I usually stick to the word progressive, because what I tend to philosophically value the most is progress with regard to social issues such as equal rights. Things like gender equality, marriage equality and racial equality are very important to me. But I’m not interested in new “programs” or PC propaganda paid for by our taxes. Those approaches do nothing. I’m interested in addressing social problems at their root, namely by ending the war on drugs along with the structural oppression of our monetary system, which is tremendously unfair to people of color and enhances our socially crippling racial divide.

I am strictly anti-war. Not pretend anti-war… Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing but gratitude for the soldiers who put their lives on the line for our country, but the fact that so many are willing to do that just makes the abuse of their sacrifice so much more unforgivable in my view. Nobody’s sons or daughters should be sent to fight and die in a banksters war. War is a geopolitical profit machine and has nothing to do with our freedom, our safety or 9/11 (even remotely). It never did. Period. Everyone knows this now, even if they’re in denial about it, or turning a blind eye with the rest of the public.

I also care deeply about the environment and I believe very firmly that we are destroying the planet very rapidly with all of our inefficiencies, which are inevitable in our current system. I don’t care what anyone believes about global warming. By the end of this you’ll see why that entire discussion has become largely irrelevant and a distraction to the point. The planet is in serious danger and something needs to be done. The question is what. It’s a very complicated and important discussion, but willful ignorance and emotional defensiveness will not get us anywhere. I want whatever will best address the problem, not what is “intended’ to address it, or more likely, just another profit scheme under the “green” label.

Poverty is the other biggy and sort of an all encompassing matter and it’s important to note that as a principle I do not blame poverty on the poor, and neither does Ron Paul as you will find out. Like Paul, I blame it on the system that perpetuates it and is tilted to favor the top 1%. I want whatever policies will bring the most progress to these areas, no matter what party or label they are associated with because you will see that it means nothing.

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5 Comments
  1. The Scarecrow permalink

    What you need is a REAL free market, not free market socialism, which means a free market for small businesses who get crushed by corporate socialism. Look at what’s happening in the NHL hockey lockout right now. It’s the same damn thing. The rich are colluding to protect themselves. Everyone else gets screwed. The game is rigged.

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