I’m nothing special. I am in my 50’s, grew up on a ranch in North Dakota. I have a degree in Computer Science from University of North Dakota with some minors, including space studies and political science. I’ve worked for large companies and lost a lot of money in tech crash. Now I work as a clinical analyst in health care. I know data and how to make it tell the truth. I also recognize those who use data to tell lies. I see a lot of that these days. It disturbs me. What disturbs me even more, is that people have gotten to lazy to check the facts out for themselves. 2 minutes on Fox News and it must be right. Bull shit.
Politically, I call myself a Progressive Liberal. My hero’s …. the liberals who thought that they could come up with a new social contract that established the United States. They were Unitarians, agnostics, and many other religions. They felt that the government and religions should leave each other alone. They believe in rights for all men. We’ve since taken that even more literally and gotten rid of exceptions they had to live with. That is called Progress.
Teddy Roosevelt … who felt we had to control big business or it would harm the people in this country. The first real environmentalist. He said: “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today.”
Abraham Lincoln who advocated a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Franklin D. Roosevelt who thought that the governments job was to help people when the economic system failed them. People were more important than business or capitalism. He said: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”
John F Kennedy … for accomplishments in the civil rights movement, the initiation of NASA’s moon mission and social programs at the time. He stated: “What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” …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.”
Martin Luther King Jr and his embrace of non violence as he led the civil rights movement. He fought for equality, not just for blacks, but for everyone. He believed that a country that spent more on the military than on its people was on the path to spiritual decay. He was an antiwar, anti-materialist activist. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Robert Kennedy was for racial and economic justice, non-aggression in foreign policy, decentralization of power and social improvement. He pursued a relentless pursuit against organized crime. Quotes I think reflect the man:
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”
For reasons I will explain later: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
So I claiming to be a Progressive Liberal. What does that mean? This is my journey to define what I believe in and why.
I think the Tea Party is as bad as the Taliban. I used to respect the Republican party. Now, I don’t. I feel they are a bunch of rich people who have gotten some different single issue voters (who are blind to all but one fanatical belief, mostly based on fear) into a group to vote together against all who would change the world. They claim to be the only patriots and the most like the founding fathers. They are wrong on both accounts. We will explore that in some of my posts.
Liberalism does not belong to the intellectual elite. Its a set of beliefs that founded this country and its a set of beliefs that any true patriot should embrace if they take the time to read the documents and history of our country.
Warning, I have no tact and very little political correctness.
So, this is my journey to explain myself. I’m hoping to explain myself, get others to understand why I believe the way I do. And just maybe, somone might find something of use in it.