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    Oh hell yes!  Proud to call myself a liberal and have done so for many years.

    Nope, not one of those liberals who was afraid to say so and hence, it has led to many political arguments and discussions. Oh the scorn that was heaped upon me for being a...liberal.

    Progressive, liberal, either way, I am open minded and damn proud of it and I wear that like a badge of honor.  

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 06:56:34 AM PST

    •  Right on brother!! (13+ / 0-)

      I always tell people I'm a liberal, and than qualify it by saying "Hell, I'm practically a socialist".
      That gets a rise out of a lot of people!

       Socialist

      Socialist
      A human being who believes that the most harmonious state of affairs would be for all to get a fair shot at financial sucess. This belief is not motivated by his own selfishness as a capitalist would have you think, but is in actuality an honorable difference of opinion. In the 1930's farmers in the mid west were plowing their corn under because it was unprofitable, and at the same time millions across America were starving. Capitalists see this as logical, while socialists find it abhorrent. In short, socialism is about production for use, not profit.
      Everyone calls me a socialist because I think universal health care is more important than Ross Perot having 28 cars.

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    •  "lifelong liberal" has been in my profile (3+ / 0-)
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      since the day I joined dKos

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:30:35 AM PST

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    •  During the Bush reign we had dinner (2+ / 0-)
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      with a nephew raised in a Fundie household, taught in  christian schools, who casually used "liberal" as a negative  adjective, as if it was a common and universal truth.  My husband and I looked at each other and turned back to the nephew in puzzlement. I said "I don't consider being a liberal to be a pejorative". The nephew looked shocked as if it was simply inconceivable that we wouldn't agree that "liberal"  was not the worst thing a person could be accused of being.
      He teaches science in San Francisco. I wonder if he has evolved yet.

      The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

      by JenS on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:12:18 AM PST

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      •  Always my favorite (2+ / 0-)
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        assumption, that I was "anti liberal."

        Then I would spring it on them and watch the color drain from their face.

        Standing firmly in my liberal thinking drove them more nuts than the fact I was a liberal.

        "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

        by wxorknot on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 01:42:08 PM PST

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