Liberalism, Defined

“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

Reader Response

Ron M said…

Ah, by those standards everyone is a liberal. But, the devil is in the details–the question is how to deliver those services…by bankrupting the government, by government programs or by another method. For housing, think Habitat for Humanity.

Buie Knife said…

No, I don’t think everyone is a liberal by that definition. A lot of people react rigidly and negatively to change and to new ideas.

I’m all for fiscal restraint. That’s a matter of setting priorities more than ideology. The last “conservative” presidential administration, which began office with a budget surplus and ended it with a huge deficit, certainly had no credibility when it came to fiscal restraint.

Ron M said…

Something else JFK said….do you remember: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

Too many people have their hands out looking for something from government…like the health care bill…orADM.

Not much out there going the other way…except maybe soldiers.

Buie Knife said…

A lot of people are inspired to volunteer. I guess you weren’t paying attention when Congress in 2009 passed the Kennedy Serve America Act, which increased the number of service volunteers from 75,000 to 250,000. It had the support of both Democrats and Republicans — passed the House by a vote of 275-149, and the Senate by a vote of 79-19.Click. Orrin Hatch was one of the chief authors of the bill. NY Times coverage.

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