Okay. I found this blog over at http://www.AddictingInfo.org. The topic is “You Know You’re A Liberal If…” I think that anyone who knows me already knows the answer to this question, but I’ve decided to take a look at each of the qualifications and see if they apply to me. Is it possible that I’m actually a liberal? I know that on social issues, I tend to lean to the left, but on most other issues, I’m more on the conservative, right-wing side of things. So let’s find out for sure. Let’s do this…
You Know You’re A Liberal If…
You can discern the geographic distance between Kenya and Hawaii.
I know where Hawaii is. I know where Kenya is. That just means I know geography and has nothing to do with my political leanings. I get it that this is about whether Obama is a citizen of the U.S. or not, but that’s a dead issue to me. His father was Kenyan, but his mother was American. Thus, dual citizenship. It’s that simple. Now as to if that birth certificate is real and trying to explain why he has a CT based social security number, that’s another issue altogether.
Bernie Sanders is one of your favorite senators.
Bernie Sanders? Nah, I don’t think so.
You’re seriously considering dropping Verizon and switching to Credo Mobile.
I don’t use Verizon. I don’t use Credo Mobile. I just use a piece of crap Tracfone. And all of the phone companies are intertwined where it counts. The Feds and the Obama administration are still going to be illegally monitering the calls and invading our privacy so the brand doesn’t matter.
You get much of your news from Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher and/or Jon Stewart.
Rachel Maddow doesn’t cover news. She does opinion based commentary. Bill Maher is a comedian (and not even a funny one). And Jon Stewart – he’s funny and pretty cool most of the time. But I get my news from actual newspapers and from on the web and occasionally TV (Shep Smith on FOX – actually a journalist and not just a talking head). The shows on Fox and MSNBC don’t actually cover news very often. Fox does more than MSNBC, but both are extremely biased and tainted. CNN is better than either, but they’re so damn boring. The written media (daily newspapers) are generally the best way to get real news, where you can read and make up your own mind and opinion.
You’re in favor of tax increases to support the common good even if you have to pay more yourself.
If the tax increases were actually used to help people (with real accountability), I’d be happy to pay my “fair share”, but when all of these tax increases are just used to pay for higher government spending and promotion of agendas that I don’t agree with, I have a problem with that. And why does this person pay one rate, this person pay another and then this other person pay yet another rate. To hell with “income tax” – how about either a national sales tax where everyone pays the same based on consumption or else the “flat tax” where everyone pays the same percentage… period. Abolish the IRS and make things truly equal and fair.
You recognize that marijuana is physically less harmful than either cigarettes or alcohol.
This is true – marijuana should be legalized and regulated, just as cigarettes and alcohol are. It’s not good for you, but it’s better than the other two “cash-cows” that the government loves so much so why pick on the potheads? It’s messed up!
You understand Citizens United is about 5 conservative justices who are united against citizens and who favor the corporate control of elections.
Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. I know who they are, but I don’t know enough about the organization to actually agree or disagree with such a far-reaching statement. I don’t agree with the unlimited spending that the PAC’s are allowed in political campaigns and I think there should be a cap on what corporations are allowed to contribute. But from what I know about CU, they’re no better, or no worse, than any other PAC organization, be it conservative OR liberal.
You get that Ron Paul is no better than the Tea Party.
Ron Paul is a very intelligent and capable man and we’d be much better off if we had more Ron Paul’s in the world. He uses common sense and logic rather than pandering or playing games, like most other politicians do. I’d much rather see Ron Paul in the White House than the current occupant.
You’ve pissed off a conservative in your life by railing against Fox News or Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin was not a good choice to be the VP candidiate in 2008, but I don’t necessarily think that she’s all that bad. She did do a good job as the Governor of Alaska and if she hadn’t gotten pulled into that circus that was the 2008 election, she would probably be one of the top Republican figures and much more powerful and credible than she currently is. It was the wrong time for her and she’s still paying for that fiasco of an election. Fox News? It’s definitely more fair and honest than the other news organizations (MSNBC, CBS) and while it does lean too far to the right sometimes, it actually makes an effort to cover and report the news rather than just ignore any bad things that happen in Washington and act as the Obama cheerleading squad. At least no Fox reporter was ever reported to have a “tingle” up his leg because of the President.
You have an “Obama ‘08” or “Obama 2012” logo riding on your bumper.
You are a fan of a dozen or more liberal pages on Facebook.
If you count the GLBT pages and the hot man pages (not the mention the smart-ass pages), I probably do have more than a dozen liberal leaning pages on my Facebook. I like to hear and learn from all points of view.
At some point, you wore dreads or went barefoot in public – or you know a few people who fit this description.
I know several people who fit this description. I don’t like going barefoot and I have the wrong kind of hair to do the “dreads”. I like to wash my hair at least twice a day and be clean. The thought of dreads? Uugh! I did once have a long-ass rat-tail that could circle around my neck. That was pretty cool.
You read food labels.
Sometimes, when I’m bored.
You have gay friends and you respect them.
Hell, I am gay and yes, I have some gay friends who I respect a great deal. I also have some gay “associates” who I think are a bunch of idiots. And I have straight friends, who I like and respect a great deal. And I know some straights that aren’t (in my opinion) worth the air that they are allowed to breathe. Gay or straight has nothing to do with if I respect or don’t respect a person. How they act towards me and others has everything do with it.
You probably graduated from college and your degree probably isn’t in marketing or business administration.
I didn’t graduate from college and the classes that I did take were in accounting and book-keeping.
You post to Facebook and Twitter in support of liberal causes. A conservative friend may have un-friended you because of your posts.
I post about several causes and the only person that unfriended me because of my posts was a very liberal gay guy who got mad because I don’t like the person currently in the White House. So who’s open-minded and tolerant?
You support the middle class.
I am the middle class. Well, the lower-middle class (I’m a poor, broke, single white guy), but yeah, I support anyone who works for a living and pays their own way.
You don’t think NPR is biased.
NPR is extremely biased. They make MSNBC look “fair and balanced”… lol
You think the Koch brothers are evil.
Of course they are. They’re billionaires. But then again, so is George Soros.
You’ve been following the dogged and brave uprising in Wisconsin.
You mean the cowards and union-stooges who don’t want to allow a free and competitive market in their state and would rather see companies go out of business rather than focus on supplying a need and actually trying to be successful and make a profit. Or are you talking about the idiots who tried to repeal and take their Governor out of office because he did exactly what he said he would do if elected and was working to make Wisconsin stronger and more healthy? I kept up with the stories, but I think they’re a bunch of ass-clowns. Nothing brave about them.
You prefer to breathe non-cancer-causing air and drink non-toxic water.
I’d prefer it – yes!
You value a good standard of living for the public over corporate profits.
If the company isn’t allowed to make money and be profitable, they’re not going to hire people and they’re going to cut jobs. And everyone loses. There’s no reason that companies can’t make money and pay their people fairly, but when everyone starts getting greedy, everyone gets screwed and hurts. It’s pretty simple – if the company doesn’t make money, there are no jobs. People need to use some common sense sometimes.
You believe people should be able to choose, in private, the family planning option that’s right for them.
To have a family or not have a family is a decision that is for the mother and father. The rest of us may have an opinion one way or the other, but we need to step back and MYOB! It’s their call – not ours.
You use hash tags like #p2, #p21, #topprog, and #taxtherich on Twitter.
Nope! I actually think they’re kind of stupid!
You are serious about recycling.
I recycle plastic, cans and pretty much everything else. I also do the compost thingy. Not really sure if it helps or not, but it can’t hurt.
You actually care that the ice caps are melting, coral reefs are dying and bio-diversity is diminishing.
No – not really. Global warming is a myth!
You can find Iraq on a map while realizing that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
I know where Iraq is. And while Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, I do think that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world. He did kill hundreds of thousands of his own people and the world is a better place without him. And getting rid of that walking personification of evil is and was a good thing.
You’ve been called a hippie, a bleeding heart or a tree hugger.
My BFF calls me a “hippie” sometimes, but I think that’s just a “Mod Sun” thing. Bleeding heart or tree hugger? Nah!
You believe education and health care should be subsidized for the common good.
Education? Yes, but the government needs to back off in the schools and quit trying to over-regulate everything and rewrite history. Don’t editorialize. Just use simple and basic facts and let the kids make up their own minds. Let the teachers actually teach instead of forcing them to go by a mandated agenda. Public schools can be a good thing if the government backs off and we forget about political correctness and get back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. As for health care, socialized medicine does not work and the people suffer. Obamacare (subsidized medicine) is NOT the answer to solve our health care problems and if anything, it’s only going to make things worse and worse.
GOP voter suppression is ticking you off enough to mobilize the vote within your circles.
What GOP voter suppression? The only supression I’ve actually seen was when the Black Panters stood outside a voting center and intimidated voters (something Eric Holder and the DOJ refuse to prosecute and follow up on.) Requiring people to show ID to vote is not supression. It’s common sense. We need an ID for everything else in our lives and everyone should have some form of ID. They need it to buy alcohol, pay bills, open accounts, visit people in hospitals, write checks, walk into a bar or club, rent a place to live, get a job, get government assistance, cash checks, etc. So who doesn’t have one? Again, the only people that would be supressed are those with something to hide.
You’ve given to a homeless person – ever.
I have done this… yes!
You cringe when you hear Obama referred to as a “one-term president.”
I cring when I hear him referred to as “The President”. How did America get this stupid. And then, they re-elected his corrupt butt. What the… ? Our national anthem shouldn’t be the “Star Spangled Banner”. It should be changed to “Baaaa Baaaa Baaaa” becaue this is a nation of mindless sheep.
You have gotten into a heated online debate with a Republican troll and even though you didn’t change their mind it still felt good to defeat their logic.
I’ve debated both Republican trolls and Democratic sheep online. And it was fun… yes!
And there you go. My thoughts on each “qualification” to be a true liberal. So do I make the grade? Hmmmmm! I don’t think so. Oh well.. lol
Talk at you later…