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Liberal stereotypes

  1. PrettyPanther profile image85
    PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago

    I am a self-described liberal Democrat.  Here are some ways I don't fit the stereotype.  Please add your own to this thread, whether you are liberal, conservative, libertarian, or whatever.

    I believe in the right to bear arms.  I own several guns and know how to shoot them.

    I am a rural American living on a farm, and I promote and support small family farms.

    I make a living supporting small businesses, helping to create and retain jobs.

    I want our legislators to balance the budget, even if it means some cuts to social services, but only after reductions to programs that won't hurt the poor and middle class have been exhausted. 

    I don't hate conservatives, Republicans, or older white men.  In fact, they're some of my favorite people.

    I don't want a nanny state.  No, I don't, no matter how many times you tell me that I do.

    I didn't vote for Obama so I could live off the government teat.  I've been working since I was 15 and don't intend to stop; however, should I lose my job and not be able to find another one right away, I hope that my nearly 40 years of hard work would earn me a bit of a safety net in the form of unemployment.

    I don't drink lattes, but yeah, I eat arugula. 

    I'm not a pacifist, but I want our decisions to do battle on foreign soil to be based on more than power, greed, or blind revenge.  After all, we are sending our young people to die.

    No, I don't worship Obama.  Yes, I voted for him, flaws and all. 

    I am a strong anti-authoritarian.  That means that I don't respond well to dictators.  Any suggestion that I want a liberal President to govern as a dictator is, well, silly.

    1. Repairguy47 profile image61
      Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Is profit a bad word to you?

      1. PrettyPanther profile image85
        PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No, why would it be?

        1. Repairguy47 profile image61
          Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I can't think of a reason why it would be bad, but a lot of liberals don't seem to like it. Or at least they don't think others should make a profit if they can't.

          1. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Really?  How so?

            1. Repairguy47 profile image61
              Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              How so what?

              1. PrettyPanther profile image85
                PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                You edited your statement after I replied.  By "how so" I meant how is it you believe that liberals don't like profit?  And, since you added that last sentence, who, specifically, thinks others should not make a profit if they can't?  I don't think that, so who are you talking about?

                1. Repairguy47 profile image61
                  Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I'm talking about liberals who complain that oil companies, health care companies rake in huge profits! Are you saying that doesn't happen?

                  1. eternals3ptember profile image60
                    eternals3ptemberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Capital gains abuses, not profits.

  2. PrettyPanther profile image85
    PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago

    Well, that's not what you said.  You said liberals don't seem to like the word "profit" or that they don't think others should make a profit if they can't.  Again, who thinks this, specifically?

    1. Repairguy47 profile image61
      Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Are you intentionally missing this? L I B E R A L S, maybe not you but If we dug deep into these forums we could probably find you complaining about huge profits. L I B E R A L S!!!

      1. PrettyPanther profile image85
        PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No, I'm not intentionally missing this.  You said liberals don't seem to like the word "profit" or that they don't think others should make a profit if they can't.  Again, who thinks this, specifically?  You should be able to name some famous liberal and provide a quote, right?

        As far as complaining about huge profits here in the forums, that might be true, although I suspect there was probably some context involved.  You know, complaining about companies who make record profits while simultaneously spending billions of dollars on political campaigns to ensure they continue to receive tax breaks.  Something like that, maybe.

        1. Repairguy47 profile image61
          Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Stereotypical liberal. Google, its your friend.

          1. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Ah, isn't Google your friend, too?  I'm not helping you out by Googling to back up your statement.  Do it yourself.

      2. GNelson profile image84
        GNelsonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You really need to look at the facts.   If you let the factory burn with the workers in it because it is more profitable than providing safey measures like unlocked exits, there is something wrong with that thinking.  Profit is not more important than people's lives.

  3. John Holden profile image61
    John Holdenposted 4 years ago

    Pretty Panther, you sound exactly like a Liberal to me.

    The problem is that most people have lost the meaning of Liberal, or at least perverted it into something else. You only have to count the number of times that people say Liberal/ socialist to understand that they've lost the plot.

    I am proud to be liberal but would strongly object to being called a Liberal!

    1. GNelson profile image84
      GNelsonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      A liberal is simply a forward thinking person.

      1. John Holden profile image61
        John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I would add, one free from bigotry as well, open minded, but could that be covered by forward thinking?

        Really, I can't imagine why anybody should be proud not to be a liberal!
        Heck, could you stand up and say that you were in favour of oppressing people?

  4. Barefootfae profile image61
    Barefootfaeposted 4 years ago

    PP, what I am reading from you sounds a lot more Libertarian.
    Please accept my apology if you feel I have ever stereotyped you.

    1. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Barefootfae, join the dots, it's no accident that both words start with the same root.

  5. innersmiff profile image79
    innersmiffposted 4 years ago

    Classical liberalism was based in civil rights and free markets, but the modern left has ditched the free market part and now the civil rights part as well. Now both the left and right represent a different flavour of police statism, stunted economies and perpetual war.

    PP, this is all good, I'm just wondering why you voted for Obama whilst holding all of these views. Authoritarian states can come about through democracy too, you know.

  6. EsmeSanBona profile image87
    EsmeSanBonaposted 4 years ago

    "I don't drink lattes, but yeah, I eat arugula."

    Classic.

  7. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 4 years ago

    I eat meat and don't drive a Prius!

    1. American View profile image59
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      LOL Gotta love the meat eating MM smile

    2. profile image0
      SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      MM - I'm ashamed for you! No Prius! tsk tsk

      lol

      Happy Holidays everyone!


      P.S. I know this is Liberal stereotypes but just for the record, I don't hate homosexuals, I don't think you can "pray the gay away", I'm not rich nor male! smile

    3. Reality Bytes profile image92
      Reality Bytesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Are you smug?

      lol

      https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQxe9G0EFnWeteUuXttLLLiVZl8kmZv8rr-ZHk7O4g1WX6HXSZ9

  8. donotfear profile image89
    donotfearposted 4 years ago

    Are you sure you aren't a Libratarian?

 
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