The Left HandLiberals can take a beating. In fact, some of us even enjoy it (although not as much as conservatives, according to a Dominatrix I know). However, it's high time we put some of the biggest misconceptions about liberalism to bed.
Sure we love the trees and might have even hugged one or two. And yes, many of us enjoy our arugula without shame. But there are some lies that need to be refuted. (Or refudiated, if Sarah Palin is reading this.)
Allow me to clarify, and disprove 10 of the biggest lies about liberals that you might even believe.
- Liberals Are Atheists
While some politicians try to blur that whole church and state issue, real Americans know that our Founding Fathers were incredibly clear that no one should be forced to worship in a way they do not choose. But we're talking about proving there are millions of liberal Christians here, not that whole pesky "Is America a Christian nation?" BS. For some thought-provoking reading on Christianity from a fab liberal, check out Godspam. Or, you know, get to know about 50% of the people in your congregation who voted for Obama.
- Liberals Want Everyone to Be on Welfare
Welfare is complicated. And good liberals know that if the money would be spent on early childhood education, drug rehabilitation, and sex education we'd be able to reduce welfare funding dramatically. However, since these "radical" ideas of giving people a great head start and keeping them out of jail, off the pipe, and free from unexpected pregnancies are rejected on a regular basis -- we need a safety net for those who fall through the cracks. Something I suspect about conservatives: If they had to watch a mother of five starve herself and her children because welfare was a thing of the past, they'd be supporters of a system as well.
- Liberals Hate White Men
I'm married to a white man, and I have it on good authority that many other liberals are as well. In fact, since almost 75% of Americans are white, unless we hate the majority of men (we don't), this is the easiest lie to refute.
- Liberals Think Homosexuals Deserve "Special Treatment"
One of my favorite crazy comments that gets thrown around is how liberals are always looking for that special treatment. You know, because women want some special treatment in making the same salary as men for the same job. Just like homosexuals want the special treatment of partner health benefits, being able to visit their dying partner in the hospital, and not being taxed more heavily than the straight couple across the street.
- Liberals Want to Steal Your Money and Give It to the Poor
This whole idea that liberals are out to Robin Hood all the rich folks is really a matter of perspective. If you're a gazillionaire, and you want to keep that extra million, you may feel that taxes for social services is ripping you off. But if you're not a gazillionaire and need to send your kid to public school, you might want stop yer bitchin' about your portion of the tax load. It's actually FOR you, and your child. This is not a "redistribution of wealth"; it's to ensure America retains that superpower status we've come to enjoy. Education is one of the most effective ways to bolster and maintain our nation's economic, political, and international stability. We're only as strong as our weakest link, so give it up patriots, or you might be speaking Chinese in a decade or so.
- Liberals Love Abortion
I don't know anyone who says, "Oh, I just love me some abortions! Abortions are the best thing -- I think I'll schedule myself for five!" And I know a lot of liberals. However, I do know people who believe that again, we do not have a perfect system where everyone can learn about birth control, or have perfect birth control that is 100% effective, nor a complete absence of rape, incest, nor hardcore coercion to do it without a condom. For these moments, as difficult and sometimes as horrifying as they are, women deserve to choose what happens inside their own body. But it doesn't mean any of us are happy about it.
- Liberals Are Socialists
Let's just define socialism, shall we? Merriam-Webster says:
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
We don't do this in our country. Making sure Americans have proper health care, public schools, and roads to get to the aforementioned doctors and schools is not socialism. It's being responsible to its citizens. As long as the 7-Eleven offers franchises that are privately run, we do not live in a socialist society. Please learn the difference, so we can stop having this tired argument. Thank you. Good night.
- Liberals Want Big Government
Again with the big government! Government exists to ensure our health and happiness, protect us in case some crazy country decides they want to take our land, and make sure people aren't getting away with murder because "he had a killing coming." I don't know about you, but knowing I won't lose my house if I'm unemployed for a little bit or have a major illness in the family is a big part of my health and happiness. That security, and the protection from murderers -- local and foreign. If you call that Big Government, well, I just hope you're able to maintain your food, clean water, and carbon flow after the ATF storms your compound to protect those kids on their fourteenth birthday/wedding day.
- Liberals Hate Conservatives
Must I trot out Mary Matalin and James Carville? Please don't make me, as I don't find either of them to be particularly loving and I hope they will forgive me if I'm not surprised when HuffPo announces the couple's split. With that said, if you don't know even one couple that lives in a mixed household, you must live in San Francisco.
- Liberals Have Crazy, Possibly Illegal, Sex
Okay, that one is true.