Tuesday, November 29, 2011
"The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy."
~ George Washington, Founding Father of the United States of America
“I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. “And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.”
~New York State Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith during Occupy Wall Street
Senator Sanders, who describes himself as a Democratic Socialist, is a former Representative from Vermont and proof, if proof be needed in the wake of that remark, that some few but courageous members of the U.S. Congress are still working hard and intelligently.
I thought they were all silly. I mean, liberal was always a good thing. All those things that O'Donnell listed. Liberal arts education. Liberal = generous, as in "liberal portions." How could such a deliberate campaign to tarnish a very good word, a very good idea, and the very foundation of our nation, succeed?
Liberal. Freedom and justice for all. All men are created equal. A nation of laws, not inherited power. Representative government. Government independent of religion. Minority rights.
All those things were liberal, if not radical, ideas at the time of the founding of the United States. And they remain liberal ideas and values today.
I'm proud to be free thinker, a liberal. And I'm reassured that there are still people, prominent people, out there who aren't afraid to call themselves liberal, too.
P.S. I don't have your e-mail address. Please e-mail it to me > firstname.lastname@example.org ?
I have kissed the crypt of Oscar Wilde.
I have noted that the Republicans are getting worst & Goldwater, Nixon & even Reagan seem reasonable. That is how bad things have turned.