I did a Google blog search on SolSaves and came up with a hit on "S.O.L. Save Our Labor", on a blog called Ramona's Voices. Not exactly the ego stroke I was looking for. But the blog is pretty interesting. It is written by a woman, a life long liberal, who is even older than I am. She was eight years old when FDR died. So I browsed around her site a bit and found a post I really like. The subject is how Rush and his ilk have turned the word liberal into something insulting. Well, Ramon isn't buying it.
L-B-R-L: Not a Four-Letter Word
I've always been proud to be a Liberal. I've never gone the "Progressive" route, and I never will. I see the word "Progressive" not as the definition of an enlightened liberal, but as a cowardly cop-out.
I don't know where that word started, but I know why it did. The Right Wing has spent years trying to convince anyone who would listen that the Liberals hate America. The Liberals are all that stand in the way of true economic success (Oh, yeah. . .that's right. . .). The Liberals want to hug terrorists, and hug trees, and hug Welfare moms driving Cadillacs. The Liberals want Big Government, a Nanny State, and the abolishment of all signs of Christianity, including slogans on tee shirts saying things like, "Jesus Loves Me, How About You?" (No, I don't love you and I think you look silly, but I'm a Liberal, so. . . .whatever.)
All that hate! All that flak! It's enough to make a wannabee Liberal turn Progressive. Not us True Liberals. We consider the source(s), shake our heads, turn the other cheek, (take that any way you like) and get on with the busy business of being a Liberal in these times.
We have a country to save and there's not much time. We got wimpy for an unconscionable number of years--I admit it--but now we need to work hard to make up for it. I'm not good at numbers, but I know enough to be terrified when I read that over 600,000 people lost their jobs in one month, or that more than 80 million people have health insurance that ranges from inadequate to none, or that home foreclosures doubled last year from those in 2007: From 404,000 in 2007 to 861,000 in 2008.
Those are big, big numbers, signifying abject misery for every single American affected by them. If you've got any Liberal leanings at all, start thinking of those big numbers in terms of real people. Get on the damned bandwagon and do something, for God's sake! Nobody else is going to do it.