Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I'm a Liberal.

At least I still feel like a Liberal and not ashamed to say so if someone asked. It's just, much like Joel Engel in this essay titled Take Back the Word, Liberalism isn't what it used to be, I don't feel very much at home with the people calling themselves liberals now a days. Oddly they don't often call themselves liberals either because they think Fox TV has corrupted the word, so they say progressive instead. They're not a very open minded bunch in my experience; as progressives or liberals. Here's the start of Engel's list. Read the whole link though,

BUT ALAS, somewhere over the last two decades or so, liberalism lost its root as the word liberal was perverted to the point of Orwellian inversion--and therefore rendered meaningless.

For example, rooting against the United States and for "insurgents" who delight in slaughtering innocents is many things (stupid, for one, also sad, evil, and short-sighted), but it is assuredly not liberal.

Decrying the American "religious right" for advocating a "culture of life" while simultaneously praising the neck-slicing Islamofascists is many things (start with pathetic), but it is not liberal.

Calling 3,000 workers who died when the buildings fell "little Eichmanns" is many things (vile, as well as repulsive and morally repugnant), but it is not liberal.

Protesting the painless execution of a sadistic murderer while cheering the removal of a feeding tube from a brain-damaged woman whose parents very much want her alive even if her estranged husband doesn't, is many things (incomprehensible, indefensible, and unforgivably cruel), but it is not liberal.

The list keeps going.


DownLeft said...

This looks like a Rush Limbaugh list of things conservatives claim liberals believe. It doesn't have any resemblance to what liberals I know are advocating. The list doesn't look like something a real liberal would write.

Bill Baar said...

You don't find many who would call themselves Liberals these days. They tell me the name's been hijacked and discredited. So they use a different label.