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  •  That was rude and wrong (2+ / 0-)
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    samtx, joynow

    the poster is right.  This is how people self-identify, not how they believe on the issues.  This shows nothing but how much conservatives have managed to poison the word liberal.

    If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupid costs

    by Sychotic1 on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 06:41:26 AM PDT

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    •  It's not the word. Other words poll just as low. (2+ / 0-)
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      Imhotepsings, wishingwell

      It shows how the image of liberalism has been harmed, certainly, but it's not just the word.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 07:02:53 AM PDT

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    •  And that poisoning means nothing (1+ / 0-)
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      You say the word liberal has been poisoned.  So what?  That has no effect at all, on anything.  All it means is it affests polling questions like this one.  That is its one and only effect.

      Do I understand you correctly?

      Don't panic. Demonstrate.

      by Quicklund on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 07:18:24 AM PDT

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      •  why do you say it doesn't affect anything? (3+ / 0-)
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        Sychotic1, Quicklund, wishingwell

        anything labeled "liberal" will be defacto rejected on its face, without even attempting to find out what it is about.  It's shorthand, and its harmful.  I'm finally beginning to understand how people who believe in one thing might vote in a way that's different.  It's tribal/herd politics.

        "Without viable unions to serve as a counterweight to corporate power, America's working people and their families are at the mercy of the largest and most powerful economic organizations on the planet."

        by billlaurelMD on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 07:54:48 AM PDT

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