November 11, 2011
Hello Intrepid Seeker of Truth and Wisdom! Thanks for reading my first post, a list of maxims from a liberal viewpoint.
- Corporate influence in our government is at the crux of the struggle for our Republic. Corporate interests collide with the interests of humans in the areas of environment, consumer safety, fair markets and personal freedoms. Liberals believe humans should always trump corporations in these areas.
- Liberal economic policies (ie: regulated demand side trading with import tariffs) create rising living standards and sustainable growth while curtailing poverty at home. Fair trade creates personal freedom, a growing middle class. ‘Free’ trade creates poverty and wage slavery.
- Liberals believe in building, protecting and nurturing competitive free markets. This is the environment for diverse growth markets to thrive. Conservatives believe in protecting monopolies. This creates an environment for wealth to trickle up to the higher end of monopoly chain
- Liberal social policies (ie: social security, medicare, various welfare programs) curtail poverty and create opportunity for social mobility.
- Money does not equal speech, yet conservatives on the Supreme Court have ensconced this false equivalence in US Law.
- Corporations are not people and do not deserve the rights of individuals guaranteed in the US Constitution, yet conservatives on the Supreme Court have ensconced this false equivalence in US Law.
- In the past, American workers have had ‘carrots’ to offer in order to achieve concessions from the management. Mostly these carrots are gone as Americans settle into a 3rd world ‘free’ trade economy. As the social compact of the 1930s becomes more broken, the people must demand reforms from the ruling class and impose censures (social or financial). This is the only way to move back toward parity between the elites in power and the will of the people in the rule of law and the passage of law. What other way is left for the cream to rise to the top in this ‘land of opportunity’? “Power concedes nothing without struggle.” (Frederick Douglass, freed American slave)
- Conservative and Tea Party Leaders believe the general population is stupid. They are interested in keeping the general public uneducated and uninformed. This allows the use of lies and half truths to manipulate public opinion. How many bills have passed into law with innocuous or positive titles: ‘Patriot Act’ or ‘No Child Left Behind’ that are ultimately hindrances to progress and freedom? Information is still power if we can bring the information out at the right time.
- Conservatives love to attack on topics where they are weak and do not hold any moral authority. Typically this includes areas where hypocritical beliefs may be easily exposed. For example, conservative Christians love to berate the immorality of homosexuality instead of discussing the latest pastor or politician found to have homosexual tendencies. Here is a great example from the weeks news:
- Herman Cain, Amazing Grace Under Fire (americanheirs.wordpress.com)
Diversionary tactics are the name of their game.
- Conservatives tend to use fear to motivate their voters. Liberals tend to use hope to motivate their base. This makes Liberals better leaders and Conservatives better followers.
- Conservatives love to find topics that divide the electorate. Historically, their favorites have been homosexuality, firearms and religious freedoms. They love to set up ‘strawmen’, a fake controversy and claim the moral high ground in attempt to make their perspective more attractive. Witness the recent ‘In God We Trust’ legislation.
- Liberals can also be devout in a religion such as Christianity. Jesus Christ certainly believed in the principles of providing for common weal and care and love of common humankind. This aligns Jesus Christ against many principles of conservatism and in harmony with principles of Liberalism.
- Scott Stenholm: A Liberal’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Dinner (huffingtonpost.com)