Liberal Maxims

November 11, 2011

Signing of the Constitution

Hello Intrepid Seeker of Truth and Wisdom!  Thanks for reading my first post, a list of maxims from a liberal viewpoint.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Liberal social policies (ie: social security, medicare, various welfare programs) curtail poverty and create opportunity for social mobility.
  5. Money does not equal speech, yet conservatives on the Supreme Court have ensconced this false equivalence in US Law.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

    Diversionary tactics are the name of their game.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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8 Responses to “Liberal Maxims”


  1. This post is still in edit. I welcome your thoughts and feedback.

    Joe Blunt

  2. osama yo momma Says:

    thom hartmann said we need to overturn Jessica’s Law.. that means he is sympathetic to child molesters. aclu members like child molesters also due to Namble Trial

  3. Bull Moose Says:

    I think the basic flaw in US politics is that we have to pick from extreme Conservatives, and extreme Liberals. I feel the moderation is in many ways the lost dimension of politics. I want to see the poor, the sick, the orphans taken care of, but I don’t feel like that means the government has to foot the bill in every instance and drive up spending and bureaucracy. Likewise I think it is foolish to assume that private industry can provide all of it.
    I was listening to a group of Repulicans complain that Democrats were trying to lower deductions for giving to charity- the irony was they expect charity donations to drop, which essentially means they believe the wealthy citizen would only donate if it is a write off. When you have to pay less taxes for giving to charity, the government is essentially giving to charity, and thus their complaints were that the government wouldn’t be providing welfare.
    Neither party really does what’s best, being liberal, being conservative neither one seems like they really want to give people free choice. That’s why America needs a new first party.


    • Hello Bull Moose and thanks very much for your discussion.
      Im going to go point by point with your first comment.

      “I think the basic flaw in US politics is that we have to pick from extreme Conservatives, and extreme Liberals. I feel the moderation is in many ways the lost dimension of politics. I want to see the poor, the sick, the orphans taken care of, but I don’t feel like that means the government has to foot the bill in every instance and drive up spending and bureaucracy. Likewise I think it is foolish to assume that private industry can provide all of it. ”

      Actually, when liberalism crosses into socialism and communism things get extreme. There is a Liberalism that is as American as apple pie and it has been castigated for too long. We owe the mess we are in to the fact that politics in our nation have swung too far to the right. There are market forces in play now that Teddy Roosevelt contended with in his day. By today’s standards, Teddy and the bull moose
      Party were liberals. Who has the balls to bust up today’s energy monopoly? I believe it will only be done by a liberal.

      “I was listening to a group of Repulicans complain that Democrats were trying to lower deductions for giving to charity- the irony was they expect charity donations to drop, which essentially means they believe the wealthy citizen would only donate if it is a write off. When you have to pay less taxes for giving to charity, the government is essentially giving to charity, and thus their complaints were that the government wouldn’t be providing welfare.”

      Todays dems are not very liberal. They are also sold over to corporate donors and corrupted by the influence of powerful lobbies. They have been playing lousy poker with the GOP which has forced us into an environment of austerity in budgeting.

      “Neither party really does what’s best, being liberal, being conservative neither one seems like they really want to give people free choice. That’s why America needs a new first party.”

      Both parties are caught up in a corrupt system where money chases the horseraces. The money has been filtering up the monopoly chain for 30 years in some sectors. It’s the corporate state of America seizing control.

      • Bull Moose Says:

        Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t Liberal, he was Progressive. The two aren’t synonymous. Theodore professed a Square Deal, where everyone got an even shake, he believed in building a strong military, and when settling the labor debate of 1901, Roosevelt fell on the side of Capital.
        You can point to some of the programs Theodore promoted and say they are liberal, just like you can point to some and say they are conservative. I actually think that it would be a man like Theodore Roosevelt who would bust up the energy dependency we have, but I don’t think that person would be a liberal. I think Theodore would be moderate in most sense of the word, he was very idealistically moderate. That’s why I reference him, certainly Liberals can point to some of what he did and say they promote similar legislation, but so can Conservatives, truth is Theodore worked with the progressives to stamp out corruption, and to give everyone a square deal.


      • Yes, I already knew Teddy was a Republican before my previous remark. I’m not arguing here but only to say, Teddy would be nowhere in today’s republican party which has shifted far far right from the moderate state of the Bull Moose era. He would have to be a democrat today to have anyone vote for him. I almost just compared him to bluedogs like Max Baucus and Joe Lieberman, but that is just not appropriate. If anything figures like Max and Joe would make someone like Teddy throw up in his mouth just a bit. Teddy lived in the days where you said what you meant and meant what you said. Maybe he’d just go fishing nowadays.

        For the record, the last politician to instrument the breakup of a monopoly was Jimmy Carter, so yeah, liberals can bring it with a hammer.

  4. okieprogressive Says:

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