Sharon (moonshaz) wrote in ontd_political,

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I love this piece so much, I just had to share it here! I don't agree with every single word of this piece (although I'd say I probably agree with upwards of 95% of it), and I don't know if anyone else here will, either. What I love about it is the way it strikes out at all the negative stereotypes of what being a liberal is supposedly about, not by arguing with them directly, but with clear and eloquent statements about "liberal" really does mean.

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then ... we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal." [September 14, 1960]
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I am a bleeding heart liberal, and I don't believe in a larger, more reckless spending Government. I believe in a competent, efficient Government. A Government that has the good of every man, woman and child of this country in mind and heart. A Government that doesn't discriminate toward race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex or sexual preference.

I am a bleeding heart liberal because I believe in spending more money on education for a system that is broken and producing disenfrachised and under achieving teens. An education system with an ever increasing drop out rate. An education system that has made it nearly unaffordable for the average high school graduate to attend a higher learning institution.

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I am a bleeding heart liberal because I believe that we are all entitled to full and effective health care coverage. That means every man, woman and child who is an American citizen and has to spend the predominance of their paychecks monthly just to be under insured under our present system. A health care system where no person, NONE, are turned away from a physician's care or from needed medication.

I am a bleeding heart liberal because I believe that when our Government starts a war and sends our men and women into harms way, they are entitled to be taken care of to the utmost when they are maimed or disabled and sent home. I believe this must include the many mental disabilities that are inflicted in times of war, both now and from wars past.

I am a bleeding heart liberal because I believe that every American of age is entitled to and has an undeniable right to marry the person they are in love with, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, religion or color.

I am a bleeding heart liberal and I do NOT believe in either Communism nor Socialism or any other type of Government that forces itself on its citizens. I am a bleeding heart liberal who lived through that for the subsequent past 8 years.

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