Dear Conservatives, Here Are 16 Reasons Why I'm a Liberal
Despite what you’ve been told, liberals don’t want to control your life, take your guns or redistribute your wealth to people who refuse to work. We don’t hate capitalism or want the government to run people’s lives. We want the same things you want but we see different ways to reach the same goals.
1. Liberals want more freedom for everyone.
We want people to have control over their own health care. Women should have complete control over their own reproductive health.Your employer should not get to choose what medical procedures you can have.
We want people to be able to marry whoever they want and to serve their country in the military regardless of their sexual orientation. We want the government to stay out of people's private lives.
We want to ensure every legal citizen has the right and the opportunity to vote which is why we oppose conservatives' many attempts to make it more difficult to vote.
Liberals believe people should have more rights than corporations.
2. Liberals want to save us all money
Liberals know there are times when it is far more cost efficient and practical for us all to work together for our common good than it is to leave everyone to fend for themselves.
For example, most communities realized long ago that it is more cost-efficient to have a fire department maintained by tax dollars than to expect people to put out their own fires or hire private firefighting companies. It benefits you to have a fire department even if you never have a fire in your home.
Health care works the same way. Experience has shown that single payer healthcare systems cost far less and get better results than strictly private, for-profit systems. Medicare is a good example of this. Medicare has only 2 - 3% overhead costs. Compare this to most private insurance companies which have 15 to 20% overhead.
This is not government run health care. It is simply a way to ensure everyone gets access to the healthcare they need.
3. Liberals know how to get people off of Welfare.
Most people who are on government assistance are not lazy freeloaders who refuse to work. They are people who work low-paying jobs for companies like Walmart. These companies pay such miserable wages that they teach their employees how to apply for federal aid.
Liberals believe your tax dollars should not be subsidizing multi-billion dollar corporations like Walmart who refuse to pay their employees a decent wage. We want those companies to be profitable but to pay their employees enough so that they don’t have to get Welfare or food stamps.
4. Liberals want you to be paid better for your hard work.
For decades the cost of living has been rising but employee wages have not been keeping up. People used to be able to support a family with non-skilled labor jobs but that is no longer true. The wages for those jobs have not kept up with the cost of living. This is why liberals want to raise the minimum wage to put more money in the hands of hard working low-income people.
This will not only get people off of government assistance, but it has been proven to be the very best way to stimulate the economy since low income people will most likely turn around and spend that money on goods and services, thus increasing demand and creating more jobs.
5. Liberals are more successful at stimulating the economy
It’s not a coincidence that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 41 million jobs were created during the 20 years of the last 3 Democratic presidents (Carter, Clinton and Obama) and only half that many (21 million) jobs during the 20 years of the last 3 Republican presidencies (Reagan, Bush and Bush).
The most successful way to stimulate the economy is to get more money into the hands of low and middle-income people. Those are the people who are most likely to spend that money, creating more demand for consumer goods and services. That increased demand results in more production of goods, more jobs and more profits for corporations.
The conservative strategy of creating jobs by giving more money to the very rich and hoping it will trickle down to everyone else has been a proven failure.
- Link - US wealth inequality is worse than you think - Business | The Guardian
Not since the Great Depression has wealth inequality in the US been so acute, new in-depth study finds.
6. Liberals want to stop the redistribution of wealth
Up until the 1980s, whenever the economy expanded or contracted, it affected everyone, the poor, the middle class and the rich alike. But since the 1980s, the very wealthy have been inoculated from the effects of an economic downturn. When the economy does well, almost all the new wealth that gets created goes to the very wealthy while the poor and middle class see almost no improvements in their standard of living.
Working class Americans are more productive now than they were in the 1970s but are not benefiting from their hard work. Their wages often don't even keep up with the cost of living. Meanwhile, taxes for the very rich have dropped much faster than for anyone else and all the country’s wealth is being redistributed to the wealthiest 1%. Everything is rigged to benefit the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
Liberals simply want to stop this redistribution of wealth to the top 1%. We want everyone to benefit when the economy is doing well and not just the very rich. We want corporations to be profitable, but we also believe American workers deserve their fair share of the new wealth that is created.
7. Liberals love capitalism but realize it’s not perfect for every situation.
Capitalism is a great way to distribute most consumer goods and services like TVs, automobiles, laptop computers, etc., but it is a terrible way to distribute health care, for example. When healthcare is treated like any consumer good then people only tend to get the medical care they need when they can afford it. As a result, people will continue to die simply because they do not have the money to pay for necessary medical care.
This is why health care needs to be treated like a basic right of everyone instead of just another consumer commodity to be bought or sold.
8. Liberals want a strong military for the purpose of defending us, not to generate corporate profits.
The United States spends more on Defense than any other 10 countries combined. In fact, the Pentagon has actually complained that Congress insists on appropriating money for weapons systems that the Defense department doesn’t even want.
This is because big corporate defense contractors give huge campaign contributions to politicians who, in turn, award those companies with multi-billion dollar defense contracts for systems that the Pentagon says we don’t need.
Liberals believe we can eliminate much of this unnecessary spending and continue to have the best equipped and best trained military on Earth.
9. Liberals believe the government has a role in protecting us from corporate abuse.
Liberals believe clean air, clean drinking water, workplace health and safety standards and consumer protection standards are all more important than maximizing corporate profits.
Conservatives routinely try to roll back EPA regulations, workplace health and safety standards and consumer protection standards because they say these things inhibit the profits of big businesses.
Liberals believe that the lives saved by these regulations are far more important than the small costs to corporations of complying with these rules.
- Link - How Exxon paid zero taxes in 2009
Exxon Mobil made $35 billion in 2009, yet paid $0 in Federal Income Tax.
10. Liberals want to put an end to corporate welfare.
In 2009, the most profitable company in the world, Exxon/Mobil, made $35 billion in profits. But thanks to special subsidies and loopholes for corporations, they managed to pay zero dollars in US income taxes.
In recent years other hugely profitable companies like General Electric and Bank of America also had profits in the billions and paid no income taxes.
Liberals believe that these extremely profitable companies should at least pay some kind of minimum tax on their income. We want corporations to be profitable, but they should not be given special treatment or wield special power over Congress just because of the massive amounts of money they have.
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11. Liberals want America to once again be a champion of human rights.
The US has always had a reputation for opposing torture and treating prisoners of war humanely. Toward the end of World War II, enemy soldiers fought to the death against the Russians but were more willing to surrender to American soldiers because they knew America does not torture or mistreat POWs. This fact probably saved many American lives.
Professional interrogators know that torture is the most ineffective and unreliable means of getting information from POWs.
Conservatives have destroyed America’s once stellar reputation on human rights by authorizing torture of suspects. This has undoubtedly put American soldiers at greater risk. By legitimizing torture, conservatives have increased the likelihood that American POWs will also be tortured.
Liberals want us to use the best and most reliable methods of getting important information from terrorist suspects, which does not include torture. We also want to protect our military by eliminating the use of torture as a means of getting information.
12. Liberals want to defend our country, not go looking for new wars to fight.
While there are genuine threats to our country and our allies that we need to address, we don’t believe in politicizing those threats or using them as an excuse to start an unnecessary war with other countries.
It's easy for Chicken hawks who've never served a day in the military to talk tough about "carpet bombing" terrorist groups or crushing our enemies when you're sending someone else's kid off to fight.
The United States should work with our allies in addressing any threats from radical militant groups of any kind, but America should not be the world’s policeman. It is not our role to get involved in every war or overthrow every dictator we don’t like.
War should always be a last resort.
1st Amendment to the US Constitution
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
13. Liberals believe in religious freedom for everyone.
Our Founding Fathers made it explicitly clear that our government should and will always be independent of any particular religious belief. Everyone has the right to enjoy their own religious beliefs or none at all.
Our government is not based on any one religion. Your freedom to practice your religion, does not give you the right to discriminate against others or to force anyone to follow your religious beliefs.
14. Liberals want our tax dollars invested in our country’s future in ways that benefit us all in the long term.
There are ways that we can invest our tax dollars so that it benefits all Americans.
For example, many Americans would like to go to college but cannot afford to do so. Many who do go to college are left with massive student loan debts that take decades to pay off. This system prevents millions from getting a college education and those who do cannot get out from under the suffocating burden of college debt.
Liberals believe the government could subsidize college education for all Americans so more people can go to college and nobody will be left with massive student loan debt. This will result in millions of Americans being more productive and more prosperous while reducing the number of people on Welfare or food stamps. This increased prosperity will stimulate the economy and generate billions in tax revenue that, in the long run, would more than pay for the cost of subsidizing college education.
This is the difference between spending and investing. This type of investment by government ultimately improves that standard of living while saving the taxpayers’ money and getting people off of government assistance.
15. Liberals want to put an end to class warfare.
Due to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, it is more true now than ever that money equals power. Big businesses can spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns and benefit those politicians who work on their behalf. Billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a single election cycle to elect candidates of their liking. This causes members of Congress to pander to the rich and powerful who can help them get re-elected.
The more money you have, the more influence you have in Congress and the less you pay in taxes.
As a result, politicians protect corporate subsidies for companies like Exxon/Mobil who make $40 billion in profits per year while proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Liberals want Congress to be accountable to the American people and not pander to the most wealthy and powerful among us. We want to restore the limits on political spending. Corporations are not people and should not be given the rights of human beings. We want Congress to do what is in the best interests of the American people and not sell their services to the highest bidder.
- Link - 21 Truths That Prove Conservatives Have Been Wrong About Everything
There are a multitude of examples that prove conservatives have been consistently wrong about virtually everything over the past 30 years.
16. Liberals have been proven right and conservatives have been proven wrong again and again.
Let’s look at some conservative beliefs that liberals disagree with.
- Tax cuts for the rich are the best way to stimulate the economy
- Tax increases always hurt the economy
- Iraq was actively producing weapons of mass destruction in 2002
- There was no chance that the Iraq War would erupt into a lengthy civil war
- Deregulating the finance industry would create more economic prosperity
- Obamacare would kill jobs
- Failure to approve the Keystone Pipeline will destroy jobs and raise gas prices sky high
- Raising the minimum wage will kill jobs and hurt the economy
History has shown that liberals were right and conservatives were horribly wrong about all these things and much, much more. You can read about this in greater detail at this link: 21 Truths That Prove Republicans Have Been Wrong About Everything
Here's the bottom line.
I am a liberal because I believe in economies of scale. Sometimes when we work together and pool our resources for our common good, it is far more cost-efficient and mutually beneficial than leaving everyone to fend for themselves.
The private sector has its place but there are some things that only government can do. Only government has the resources to put a man on the moon, fight a war, respond to massive natural disasters, save millions of lives during the Great Depression or manage programs like Social Security and Medicare.
The policies that conservatives enact tend to use our resources to protect the very rich at the expense of everyone else. They give special tax cuts, subsidies and bail-outs to big corporations and cut any programs that benefit the middle class.
I am a liberal because I want a government that responds to the needs of the people, regardless of their wealth, power or influence.