The Polite Liberal

A rant-free discussion of liberal philosophy and policies.


The Polite Liberal is the pseudonym of a "nontraditional" graduate student in mathematics (for nonacademics, "nontraditional," is a polite way of saying, "older than 25.") The Polite Liberal is an attempt to spur real policy debate, instead of partisan insults and conspiracy theories. Conservatives (and liberals, of course!) are welcome.

Friday, August 05, 2005

The term is "liberal Democrat"

Time for a rant, and a break from policy. Apologies in advance.

On my way home from work today, a substitute anchor on a liberal radio show was describing liberalism by some ludicrous, contrived term along the lines of "progressive individual-liberty promoters".

The term is "liberal", folks. Remember us? We're the ones that took the ruins of a country that unrestrained plutocracy had run into the ground and forged a superpower. We destroyed fascism and pinned communism down for forty years. We ended segregation. In California, we built the aquaduct, the universities, and the freeways.

Yes, we got complacent after too long in power. Yes, our wingnuts started trying to enforce ludicrous speech codes on campuses and were absurdly forgiving of left-wing dictatorships. For all that, I'll be damned before I abandon the proud term "liberalism" because the same nitwits that wrecked the country in the twenties have decided that it'd be fun to spit "Liberal" as though it were an insult.

So don't call me something nuts like "self-libertizing progressive." I'm a liberal Democrat.


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