Thursday, March 22, 2007

What have the liberals ever done for us?

"Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things...every one! So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, 'Liberal,' as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won't work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor."

Matt Santos, The West Wing

(h/t to Simply Left Behind)

2 comments:

  1. This doesn't work as a political strategy because 1/3rd of Americans don't regard and of these ideas as a good thing. This third makes up around half of all voters.

    The rest of the public would have voted D anyway or doesn't vote, period.

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  2. This doesn't work as a political strategy...

    Happily, I'm not a politician.

    ... 1/3rd of Americans don't regard and of these ideas as a good thing.

    The ideas in the quote are just what the liberal have done for us lately. Liberals are responsible for all the components of modern Western civilization: democracy, freedom of speech, etc., and most especially the fundamental sovereignty of the people vs. the divine right of kings.

    Unfortunately, it's probably true that a third of Americans don't have much esteem for even these ideas.

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