Horrors–you might be a liberal!!!!!

2 Oct

Since 1988, the Republicans in the US have been very, very good at making the term “liberal” into a club. When in trouble in the polls, accuse your opponent of being a liberal and watch him try to duck and weave around the word. Wouldn’t it be nice if, just once, a politician stood up and said, “Yes, I’m a liberal, and based on how a majority of the American people thinks, they are too.” The politician could then launch into a laundry list of public opinion points that are seen as “liberal” and how many people agree with that point.

In a prior life of this blog, I had a post called “How to tell if you are a liberal.” It ended up being rather popular. Hopefully this will resurrect that post. It will also hopefully remind you that there’s plenty of things in liberalism that we can be proud of.

  • Abortion: 57% of the American public believes abortion should be legal in all or most cases. An almost super-majority of 62% do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
  • Civil Rights: 86% of the American public say they agree with the goals of the civil rights movement. Four out of five Americans say it is important for colleges to have racially diverse student bodies.
  • Environment: 83% of Americans say they are in agreement with the goals of the environmental movement. Super-majorities say they worry about pollution in rivers and lakes, toxic waste and drinking water, air pollution, damage to the ozone layer. Four times as many Americans trust environmental organizations to do what is right for the environtment than they do the government.
  • Gun Control: 94% of the American public want federal safety regulations enacted on the manufacture and use of all handguns, and 86% want this even if it drives up the price of the handgun. Mandatory background checks are favored by 73%.
  • Health Insurance: 80% believe health insurance should be provided equally to everyone in the country. Another 52% would be willing to pay more in taxes or premiums to make that happen.
  • Gay Rights: 85% of the public supports laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Orgaized Labor: 58% believe labor unions are a good idea.

The polling data is pretty clear–strong majorities of the American public favor “liberal” ideas, even if they don’t think of themselves as being liberal people.

Take heart, my fellow liberals. Our fellow citizens agree with us. We just need to make them realize it and that the Republicans don’t share their values.

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One Response to “Horrors–you might be a liberal!!!!!”

  1. Paul Koloszar October 3, 2006 at 8:40 am #

    Excellent! Now, we need a bumper-sticker summary:

    “No more Liberal than you!”

    a color-it-in-yourself Liberal meter (bar graph form)?

    “As liberal as our founding fathers.”

    “Liberal; same root as Liberty. Coincidence?”

    “A majority of Americans are Liberal”

    “Think Liberal; everybody’s doing it.”
    Surely there are more

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