Why I'm a Liberal!

By Larry John

I am a Liberal and I know why. ď A Liberal is a person who has a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties. ďA person who believes it is the duty of government to ameliorate social conditions and create a more equitable society. Liberals exhibit a concern for minorities, the poor, and the disadvantaged and often see these conditions as a product of social injustices rather than individual failings.

Liberals are  concerned about environmental issues, the defense of civil liberties, and do not favor excessive military spending. Liberal signifies an openness to change and respect for individual liberties within a societal framework in which all have equal opportunity. Liberals want to remedy social inequities, and support freedom of personal choice and behavior. Liberals believe in some form of income redistribution, a social safety net, universal health care, progressive values, and a multilateral foreign policy.

Liberals are people who believe in individualism, freedom, equality, the social contract, and rational evidence-based (as opposed to morality-based) public policy. In today's world, liberals are the idealists, the people who still believe that they can make the world a better place for everybody. They believe that we have some obligation to our fellow human beings. They believe in personal freedom, in freedom of speech and religion. They believe in the common good, the things people cannot do alone. Liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.

Liberals support social programs such as welfare, medical care, unemployment benefits, and retirement programs and stand fervently for the rights of women and minorities, and the disabled. Liberals support strong environmental regulations. Liberals are in opposition to the death penalty. Liberals support abortion rights. Liberals support animal rights. Liberals also support gun control.  

A Liberal is someone who strives for individual freedom and liberty. Liberals believes in enforcing laws, free enterprise, and worker protection. Liberals believes in quality education, nondiscrimination, and environmental protections.Ē Liberals try to improve the world and the quality of life of every human living on it. Thatís why Iím a Liberal. How about you? What does your political philosophy STAND for?