March 11, 2006

I'm a Liberal, are you?

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?"

If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal."

But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
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I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.


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2 Comments:

At 3/11/2006 9:04 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

That was said 46 years ago but it does not sound dated at all. One charge that JFK did not have to deal with but a liberal today would want to address is the idea that liberals are big spenders and fiscally irresponsible. It is amazing that you will hear Republicans still make those charges even after President Clinton wiped out the deficit and balanced the budget and then self-professed conservative George W. Bush spent even more and created an even bigger deficit and national debt than Clinton inherited.
Recent history shows that people who call themselves liberals are fiscally responsible and eager to reduce the national debt compared to people who call themselves conservative, at least the conservative elected officals.

 
At 3/11/2006 1:30 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope thanks for the inspiration. I listened to the tape and was thinking how badly we need a leader for today in the Democratic party!

 

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