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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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