Thursday, March 02, 2006

Dear Average Republican,

If you have 5 minutes, 10 if you were educated in a red state, read the following (stolen from democraticunderground):

Dear Average Republican,

There is NO “liberal agenda” but the shared interest of liberals who want to see things get better for everyone. You, your parents, and the guy who bags groceries down at the corner market. Liberals want to see you with enough money to buy groceries, pay off your house, and put at least one fuel-efficient vehicle in your garage.

It’s not an agenda. It’s people hoping for the best for other people.

It’s about hoping that your Uncle John, who’s been farming the same plot of land for the last 40 years, doesn’t lose his farm because he falls off his tractor and breaks his leg and can’t pay his doctor bill. It’s about hoping that you have some options when your town’s biggest employer goes belly-up because it can’t compete with that textile factory in China.

It’s about making sure you get paid enough that you don’t have to take two or three jobs just to make ends meet. So you can spend more time with your family…so you can play catch with your kids, or take them fishing on weekends, or take them to the local swimming hole or municipal pool to teach them how to swim.

It’s not an agenda to want the best for people. It’s just humanity. It’s about being a good neighbor, even if that neighbor lives half a country away.

Ask a liberal what empathy is…it’s about understanding where someone else is coming from. And most of us try very hard, even if we don’t agree.

Being a liberal isn’t about making fun of God, or your beliefs about him. Most liberals take the Sermon on the Mount to heart. They try to live the teachings of Jesus, even if some aren’t sure he’s really the Son of God. Thomas Jefferson called him the World’s Greatest Moral Philosopher. You’ll find very few liberals who’d disagree with that.

It’s because of liberals that your ten year olds get to go to school rather than being forced to work in factories for spare change. It’s because of liberals that you can trust your workplace to be safe and free of unexpected dangers. It is because of liberals that, should you be injured at work, you can expect fair medical treatment and compensation for your lost work, and have money coming in if you’re laid off. It’s also because of liberals that you have reasonably clean water to drink and bathe in, and that the local swimming hole isn’t completely polluted.

That’s what we do. We try to look out for everybody. Even the people who hate us. We don’t have an agenda. We don’t take marching orders from anyone. We do what we do because we believe in people. We believe in you.

All we ask is that you begin to believe in us.


Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

I have never understood why it is 'conservatives' can't see the forest for the trees! If you tried to take even one of those 'expected' rights away form them, they would scream bloody murder. Yet they work feverishly to ensure exactly that happens. Is it lack of education? Some ill-conceived class jealousy created by amoral Republican assholes? Conservatives scream about God, and Jesus and morality - do they think ensuring clean drinking water is anti-Christian?

I just don't understand. Frankly - most of the conservative posters I have run into - whether on liberal or right-wing sites - seem to be racist, homophobic knuckle-draggers. But that can't represent all of them - can it? I mean - why, in the face of all that has happened - torture, Katrina, Cheney, Libby, Abramoff - why do some people still slavishly defend Bush? I have actually heard people say he's a good man because he's a Christian. What in the name of all that’s holy has that man ever done that represented Christianity in the least?

You could post that article on the front door of every church in America; and I guarantee you it would be torn down and shredded within 30 seconds. And that, my friend, is a motherfucking shame!

8:47 PM  

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