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What Is Liberalism?

tjones113 Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 10:03 AM
While what you say is true, it also very true that we win elkection by appealing to African-Americans, hsipanic-Americans, Labor, Women, Seniors, and Liberals. Since we won in 2008 and 10 2012 with this colalition why should we stop? Instead you Republicans need to learn to pander to us. Maybe you would win some national elections. The Republicans criticize people and then want us to vote for you. That is stupid. Do not criticize me and then ask for my vote. That is Moronic. My Vote is My Vote! Only a Foold dare criticize someone and then ask for their Vote idiot!!!
Pistol Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 11:47 AM
Solid truth from the left, tjones113, and I thank you for it. You bring up ongoing problems. One is that most people interpret criticism of their actions, as personal criticism. Not so. Every criticism of Barry's spending is branded racism. Everyone is susceptible to this, but those on the left seem more defensive, and less willing to defend their ideas, as ideas. The other problem is that it is not easy to tell someone they are wrong, that their solutions to obvious problems will not work, and have them thank you for it. As a conservative, I don't criticize those who vote Democrat personally, I criticize their values and decisions as unworkable and counter-productive. Pandering, by its very definition, is an appeal to the lowest
Pistol Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 11:56 AM
of human values. It is a lot easier to sell Pie in the sky and victimization, than sell education, hard work, and reward of merit. In the end, the results will demonstrate the workability of trying to spend oneself rich, of penalizing the creation of wealth, and rewarding victimization. America did not become a super power by pursuing these values, and it will not remain one if these values remain predominant much longer.
President Obama is said to have made the case for a liberal public policy agenda in his State of the Union speech the other night. But what is liberalism?

The conventional view is that liberalism is an ideology. In fact it is a sociology.

An ideology is a set of ideas that cohere. Socialism is an ideology. So is libertarianism. Suppose I told you that socialists believe the government should nationalize the steel industry and the auto industry. You would have no difficulty inferring what their position is on nationalizing the airline industry. Right? Suppose I told you that libertarians...