Thursday, August 18, 2005

Proud Liberals

James Moore wrote this fabulous article about being a proud left-wing liberal. I do not agree with every single point he made, but I loved what he had to say.

We have really internalized the smear nonsense that the right-wing radicals have engaged in for the past 40 years. The right wing spin machine has really done a number on us and have changed the word liberal to mean something very negative. It is hard to combat the image of left-wing, crazy, anti-everything, commie-pinko, hate America first liberals who are giving aid and comfort to terrorists and are selling out their own country, over and over again effectively all of the time. And a lot of that nonsense has creeped into the consciousness of many progressive, liberal, democrats. We are so afraid of being called liberal, that we run from the term and play into the impression that liberals have nothing good to offer America. We have even taken to parsing our words and deliniating the difference between liberals and progressives; or liberals and democrats. I saw an article on in which a writer said that the difference between liberals and progressives is that liberals 'think they know what is best for others and progressives believe that people can be trusted to decide for themselves.' And this was a progressive writer.

This simply is not true. Granted, the words are not exactly the same, but they are very closely related. According to, here are the definitions of liberal and progressive:

Liberal: 1.freely giving; generous.
2.respectful of individual differences; tolerant.
3.relating to democratic forms of government rather than monarchies or aristocracies. who favors progressive political philosophy, including government promotion of social change and the primacy of individual liberty.

Progressive: 1.moving steadily forward or onward; advancing.
2.proceeding in regular or ordered steps.
3.favoring social or political progress or reform; liberal.
4.a person who supports political or social progress or reform.

I see nothing in those definitions that indicates that liberals do not believe the citizens cannot be trusted to decide for themselves. In fact, just the opposite is true. Liberals believe in democracies, not autocracies, in progress not stagnation, in advancement not retreat, in individual liberty not autocratic tyranny. These are the goals and values our country was founded on and if they were good enough to Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, well they're good enough for me.

I am tired of being derided because I want to hold my government to the highest standards of our ideals and values. Liberals have nothing to be ashamed of. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Liberal values are American values. We are good people and we want our country to rise up to its fullest potential of liberty for all of its citizens regardless of race, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender or any other characteristic that is used by the extremist neocons to divide people.

I am tired of the neocon hate-mongers tyring to paint my values, the values of Jefferson and Washington, as somehow bad for America.

Monday, August 15, 2005

2006 Senate Race Map Coutesy of DCCC

This is a cool map that the DCCC has put together that breaks down the Senate races in 2006. There are several states where a republican is currently holding office, but where we have a very real chance to turn that around. One is Pennsylvania, where people have really tired of Rick Santorum's puerile poltical practices.

Find your state and see what you can do to make a difference on the local level! Our mid-term and non-presidential year elections as just as important as (if not more so) this time around. If we can take over either the House or Senate (hopefully both), we can really put the brakes on gwb's failed policies and demand full accountability for the problems our country is facing.

Get busy people!!

More on Virginia Voter Registration/Virginia Votes

Here is some updated information if people are interested in getting involved in local Virginia politics.

Virginia Votes is having more voter registration training sessions. Also, I have listed a few of the sites where the actual voter registration will be happening over the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 PM to 8:45
The George Mason Regional Library
Meeting Room
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Sunday August 28: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
7326 Tower Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

Voter Registration Sites
I put down the towns in NoVA where voter registration will be happening. If you're interested in helping out at one of these sites...please send an e-mail to one of the people below.

Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 and Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28. We will do voter registration from 1 to 5PM on each of those days. For each location we need two volunteers for each of the 1--3PM and 3--5PM time slots on each of those days.

Wellington Station Giant
10100 Dumfries Road
Manassas 20110

Virginia Gateway Giant
7575 Linton Hall Rd
Gainesville 20155

Bristow Safeway
12821 Braemer Village Plaza
Bristow 20136

Manassas Junction Giant
8819 Centerville Road
Manassas 20110

Sterling Towne Center Giant
21800 Town Center Plaza
Sterling 20164

So, please sign up and join in the campaigns! Look forward to hearing from you.


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