Last Friday, while reading the Tracy Press, I came across His Voice, wherein Charles Norton expounded on the failings and general evil of all liberal-thinking people (“It’s a republic, if you can keep it”).
As is the usual format, the right-wing apologist reviews many of the problems of the past (insert any time period here) and then awards the blame to “the liberals.”
It is not my intention to refute all of the items that were mentioned in the aforementioned screed, as the Tracy Press doesn’t allow us to get too wordy. I’ll mention only a few.
n “Liberal” and “progressive” are not terms that refer to Socialists, except in the fevered mind of certain right-wing reactionaries.
n Collectively, liberals are a lot of fun to be around and like to see people enjoying themselves. An exception is when those people are engaged in the bullying of those weaker or less powerful, and then most liberals would try to stop that. So would I.
n Most liberals who I know believe in education, while many of those on the right think educating the young influences them to disregard their “beliefs” in exchange for “scientific fact.” Yes, it is called “learning.” That is probably why so many of them think they are smarter — they review the evidence.
n How making a rule that helps us save energy by using a better light bulb became a rallying cry for the conspiracy-minded is confounding. We have become a country so divided that whatever Fox News or Rush Limbaugh comes up with becomes the current cause for the angry right-wing.
n President George W. Bush pushed the bank bailouts at the very end of his second term, and we were warned that if we didn’t pass them, we would be crushed by a Great Depression. The result is that the banks are bigger than before, and richer.
n This country will save tens to hundreds of millions of dollars by removing the student loan system from the banks.
I’ll end this with my hope that before the election in November, people will make an effort to learn the facts instead of just believing someone who writes a letter, or what they see on TV or hear on the radio. Most of it is lies.