~Sen. John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1960
Liberalism has been attacked by the Right in America and to some it has become a dirty word. Yet to attack liberalism is to attack the very foundations of American Democracy. American Democracy was born out of the liberalism that gave birth to the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment has been characterized “ in many different ways, but at its broadest was a philosophical, intellectual and cultural movement of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It stressed reason, logic, criticism and freedom of thought over dogma, blind faith and superstition.” Thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Montesquieu, Charles-Louis Secondat and Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, were just a few of the liberal thinkers of that era. The very thinkers that influenced Jefferson, Madison and Adams. They examined all areas of human existence and questioned the very fabric of society. Most importantly they questioned the prevailing system of absolute rule and the power of the Catholic Church. The thinkers of the Enlightenment and their philosophy were seen as a threat to the existing order of divine right of kings and the power of the church. Two of the most profound results of the Enlightenment was the American Revolution and the French Revolution.
Today in America “reason, logic, criticism and freedom of thought over dogma, blind faith and superstition” are under attack from the Right. Liberal thinkers of today remain dedicated to tolerance, equality, and fight for the rights of all people including gays, immigrants illegal of otherwise and people of color against the Right's extremism of the Tea Baggers, Birthers, Evangelicals and their supporters and apologists the Gay Old Party, GOP. Liberalism in America is not dead and it is the same liberalism of the founding fathers that freed us from oppression. Today liberalism is fighting to free us from the intolerance of the Right such as the Evangelicals, GOP, Tea Baggers. Liberal thought has always been attacked by those who would exploit the underprivileged and oppose true freedom, whether it be freedom of thought, freedom of actions or freedom to live free of oppression. The definition of liberalism is Freedom; freedom of thought, freedom to challenge injustice, freedom to challenge intolerance wherever it is and freedom to improve society for all citizens.
Bill Maher calls the birther movement what it is, racism. It is definitely worth watching. Thanks to Gryphen of the Immoralmajority.blogspot.com for posting it up.
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1. Preston said...
So maybe the Brit, Neil Sankey can succeed where the Russian immigrant (from the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic) has failed, bring it on.
Poor little Birthers (still in denial about their losses), Judge Land and now judge Carter, smack down the crazies (case dismissed).
Not even “Fake News” Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly believes the crazies, how funny.
To all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true (TOUGH WHEN YOU KEEP LOSING CASES), if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories. You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess they were in on it.
In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.
I wonder if she is a mail order bride, just like her law degree? She is perfect reporter material for “Fake News”, where unfounded rumors and innuendo reign supreme , unlike a our US courts of law. The way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked lies, then, and only then, you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called facts that they present. Let’s face it no one will go along with you until you guys win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. Keep plucking that chicken.