That “Liberal” Smear


…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, their civil liberties..if that is what they mean by a “liberal” then I am proud to be a liberal.

          —    John F. Kennedy


In the conservative world, the word “liberal” is often used as a smear and an epithet in an attempt to denounce anyone who they dislike or who stands opposed to their ideas and idiot ideology. But now, after seven years of utter disaster at the hands of a conservative Administration — one that inherited a conservative Republican majority in Congress, only to lose it six years later — the nation and Conservatives have seen the disaster that their beliefs and policies lead to in terms of economic, political, military and social debacles, any one of which should give any sane citizen pause.

Conservatives, however, are not ones to reflect or reconsider failed positions or evidence that their flawed approach to government, to money, to military and political strategy and to social reform are simply bad policy.

Instead, they and their pundits surge forward, attempting to control the dialogue and re-write reality using any circular logic and propaganda stunt they can. One of the favorites is, of course, to project their failings upon their opponents and ignore facts and evidence to the contrary.  At all costs, they avoid engaging in any meaningful dialogue based in verifiable fact and substance.

They also apply and change the meaning of words in an effort to convey negative emotion on positive change and to paint rosy pictures on the charred, smoking ruins that their failed philosophy and policies have created.

One of their most popular “epithets” is to accuse someone of being “liberal” and to repeatedly act in a childlike manner when engaging their opposition by inserting their favorite shortened form of the word — “lib” — into exchanges. That’s their way of attempting to bring about a reaction and apply a label that in their mind conveys a derogatory spin upon their opponents. This is an apparent attempt to “demoralize” or emotionally upset anyone who takes a counter-Conservative stance.

What they fail to realize, however, is the laughter that usually greets such tactics.

In grade school, name-calling might have been popular and effective. In adult life, it’s rarely seen as anything other than immature and foolish, with the rare occasion where it crosses into hate-speech and serves to stir anger, antipathy and violence against others.

Hate-speech is, essentially, the adult form of name-calling — “adult” meaning that full-grown humans engage in it, but not in any method or manner can they be regarded as “mature” along mental and emotional lines. They may have achieved physical maturity, giving them the capability of breeding, but their minds remain dangerously simplified and childlike. They are unable to work through the twisted neuroses1 that constitute their mental workings, and part of the reason for this is that they are genetically predisposed toward a stubborn inability to “get the message” when their fail, and fail spectacularly.

Although they may be incapable of learning, or of recognizing progress, or of avoiding the same mistakes from the same tired old philosophies and rhetoric, we can look back approximately forty years and see that their easily-recognized message (still unchanged) already met with an accurate counter-message — the words of John F. Kennedy, as quoted above.

No matter what they say or how they spin it, Conservatism is unpatriotic and has devastated our nation and the world. The only way to fix it is to reject Republicans and Conservatism in total, and move forward toward a more liberal, progressive world.

Be proud to be an American, a true US Patriot and to be liberal; have pity on the conservatives, but try not to listen to them cry, whimper or whine. They had their chance to prove themselves worthy of influence, and “succeeded” by implementing their policies almost entirely unopposed — and nearly destroyed our nation.

Once again, they’ll need the Democratic party to pick up the pieces.

Let’s not let the immature, incapable Conservative Republicans play with the levers of government ever again. We can’t afford to clean up any more messes. After all, they’ve nearly bankrupted the nation.

Crossposted from ePluribus Media.


1. “twisted neuroses” -> look it up here.


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    • GreyHawk on January 29, 2008 at 03:44

    Feel free to demote it if you think it shouldn’t.

    …I forgot how, and didn’t want to pull then repost it.


    • Edger on January 29, 2008 at 03:54

    “conservatives” (really radical RW nutbars) who try to call themselves “liberal” just to try to stay on the scale at all.

    Operation Comeback

    TO: My Fellow Neoconservatives

    FROM: Joshua Muravchik

    RE: How to Save the Neocons

    We neoconservatives have been through a startling few years. Who could have imagined six years ago that wild stories about our influence over U.S. foreign policy would reach the far corners of the globe? The loose group of us who felt impelled by the antics of the 1960s to migrate from the political left to right must have numbered fewer than 100. And we were proven losers at Washington’s power game: The left had driven us from the Democratic Party, stolen the “liberal” label, and successfully affixed to us the name “neoconservative.”

  1. studies and bans from boards left and right I have come to embrace as fact influences far higher than political ideologies.  People having the real power are largely unknown to us.  They can buy off things and ideas causing themselves grief.  I submit embracing the conspiracy brings forth another viewpoint.

    These political ideologies merely serving as focus group sessions to filter out the most acceptable means to advance the current agenda of those in control. and following some overseas news outlets give a glimpse.  Add to the mix Democrats who are really Republicans and vice versa.

    The sad part about embracing the hattery however points toward deliberate design in current events.  We have all the convieniences of modernity, even to a rather profane extent.  We think we are “free”.  We claim a high moral stature the entire rest of the world has soundly rejected yet our own people are kept deliberately in the dark about it.  We are energy hogs to the nth power.

    We are 300 million.  The world 6 billion.  I saw somewhere that 500 million Chinese have never brushed their teeth yet the powers that be saw fit to create an unparalled industrial gold rush in that very country.  Why.  Because their degree of control and exploitation of people is unquestioned and total.   Every lead laced toy, every five axis automatic milling machine, even every Intel processor chip you buy endorses and supports that mechanism of totalitarian control.

    All I asked the Lord for was a last glorious horsie ride.

    Am I good enough to write the book?

  2. considering the power of such a “smear” campaign!

    Since I was a little kid, I’ve always been upset by “name-calling”… and not much about recent trends has been more upsetting to me than the name-calling by the pundits (idiots) and co. They make believe that they know me, my family, my friends, my values, etc… and think they have the right to use OUR airwaves to malign those they disagree with.

    Smearing – slandering – lying – hurting – destroying – whatever – it’s all the same. Sadly, it’s just so obvious that the name-callers are bullies… you know, with large investments they might lose if they participate with us in supporting that old-fashioned concept called democracy.

    If I was like the name-callers, perhaps I’d smear them by calling them anti-American, anti-democracy, self-serving, divisive … oh wait a minute – that wouldn’t really be name-calling, that would actually be calling it as it is!!

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