Wakey, Wakey

I am dismayed by the overheated political rhetoric on Facebook and other media. So many Trump supporters attack “the left” or “libs” or “libtards” (my favorite) with sweeping and false generalizations.

Wake up folks. Liberals do not all think alike. To cite a personal example, I support gay rights, reproductive rights, and immigrant rights. But I don’t want to take away your guns, I think welfare cheating (what little there really is) should be prosecuted, and I don’t foam at the mouth when I hear the word “corporation”.

My parents raised me to support the weak and the powerless. My liberalism is based on a lifetime of studying social problems and their solutions. If you read carefully my opinions on Facebook and this blog, you may notice that I base my objections to Trump on my values, which derive from my sense of morality and my relationship with God. When I read the Bible I see justice and equity. (News flash: some of us are deeply Christian and practice our faith 24/7.)

In case you care about dictionary definitions, “liberal” is identified as: Willing to respect or accept behavior or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas… Favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms… Favoring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate political and social reform… Concerned with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience.*

Please explain exactly why you find objectionable.

I am tired of being stereotyped. I can’t speak for all liberals, but I don’t think Trump supporters are universally evil and stupid and uncaring. (I have a friend who reveres Trump, but pursues other interests as well. We get along just fine.) You would not like it if I stereotyped you, so extend to me, please, the courtesy of seeing me as an individual. Thank you.

 

 

* When you gather a large enough number of snowflakes, you get an avalanche. As insults go, this needs work.

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