I AM A LIBERAL
Recently while scanning that most recent posts my friends had made to Facebook, I noticed a posting that looked to be made up of small pictures, like a pane of postage stamps. When I enlarged it, I got a sudden and dramatic shock to my system. I was nearly sick to my stomach. No, the pictures were not child pornography, but was a poster titled “typical liberal” and the six smaller pictures each had captions indicating what originator thinks of the liberals in general. Since I have been painted, by whoever decides these things, into a box labels me a liberal. I was quite offended by what I read. Actually offended is not the proper word; a better description would be to say that my feelings were really hurt.
The posting was made by a gentleman who I worked with had a very good working relationship with. During the time we worked together we had many discussions about a lot of different issues and always respected each other’s opinions. He is someone I would have introduced, and still would introduce, as a friend. As I looked at pictures and captions, I wondered what it was that I had done that would make this man, who I considered a friend, have such a low opinion of me. I took the insults very personally because I felt like they were meant to be personal. I just closed Facebook and went on about my business and tried to forget about it because I did not know how to respond; or even if I should. The words just kept repeating in my head and I knew I had to try to set the record straight.
The captions in the picture indicate that liberals are anti-Christian, are against free speech, except his or her own, believes that all corporations are evil, hates capitalism, hates wealthy people, and discriminates against conservative straight white people. I noticed that this particular picture was part of a set of perhaps one hundred more pictures with the same theme. They were produced by an organization, I’m guessing, called the Republican Revolution. I don't personally have the time or the energy to make a response to each of those many bumper sticker type posters, but I can respond to these first six. Since I am sure my friend didn't post this to offend me personally, I will not use his name in my responses. As I said, I consider this man friend and will continue to do so.
My method for responding to these first six accusations against liberals will be through a series of essays. I will post the new material every day or two and hope that I can change the perception that some people may have of liberals. I don't apologize for my political beliefs nor would I ask my friend to apologize for his. I think by responding through a series of essays, my friend may better understand my positions and hopefully will try to help me gain an understanding of his.
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