Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Is American Liberalism Dying? (new republic)
Liberalism has done its job. The blacks are free, the cops don't just beat the shit out of you for fun anymore, women are free to control what happens to their own bodies, free expression reigns, for the most part, and with the exception of the Republican-designed welfare program for the pharmacutical industry, the classic liberal programs of Medicare and Social Security work extremely well. Now the task is to defend these social gains, won by people beaten by nightsticks and bitten by Bull Connor's dogs, old ladies who refused to be starved or forced to die early by greedy pigs, and those of us who think Civil Liberties was the actual purpose this nation was founded ( as opposed to a paradise for the rich oligarchs and religious fascists ), with every fiber of our being, until these neo-facists are driven from government. The pendulum has swung, and it shall swing back.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address