Why Do So Few Admit To Being Liberals?

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    1. According to Pew Research Center, the culturally liberal make up about 40%, predominantly white, and of majority female, of all Democratic voters, but only 19% of all registered voters. So, why are so few Americans eager to identify themselves as liberals?

    2. According to Eric Alterman, it is because “well-funded foundations, newspapers, gossip columnists…[ almost all cable-news shows (p. 74)] have made a concerted effort to vilify and dishonor the term ‘liberal,’ associating it with all manner of weakness, treachery, and immorality….and paint cultural liberals as ‘effete,’ ‘elitist,’ ‘arrogant,’ and prone to meddle in the lives of those for whose values they feel contempt.” Alterman, “Why We’re Liberals,” p. 73-74.

    a. Of course, liberal linguist Professor George Lakoff compunds the problem, in his book “Don't Think of an Elephant!,” when he speaks of progressives framing policy in a ‘nurturing and cooperative” manner, as opposed to those mean conservatives who rely on a more competitive, ‘strict father’ rendition.

    3. As a result of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, “white middle- and working-class voters simply refuse to vote for a party they associate with black and brown people.” Ibid. Unlike much of Alterman’s book, this proclamation does not come with any links or data…

    a. Let’s not forget that starting in the early ‘70’s, liberals heralded that they were a coalition of victims, demanding redress from the system, rather than a movement that represented the interests of most Americans. The result was a degree of resentment from those who felt themselves forced to make sacrifices they could ill afford. That continues today. See Sotomayor/firemen: Judge Sotomayor and the Supreme Court's Firefighter Ruling - TIME

    b. “First, is there a better expression of what I called “checklist liberalism” than… most of the key inner constituencies, advocacy groups within the Democratic Party : the AFL-CIO, the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, Planned Parenthood PAC.” The Decembrist: A Last Few Words on Connecticut

    4. The championing of abortion in every permutation has proven a disadvantage: in vetoing the partial-birth-abortion ban, President Clinton defied majority public opinion. This has identified liberals with an unpopular position with voters who for reasons of religion or philosophy oppose it, and strengthened the perception that liberals are antireligious, antidemocratic, and indifferent to the views of the electorate. Edsall, “Building Red America,” p. 236.

    5. Since 1972, liberals have jettisoned any attempts to ‘mend fences’ with the religious community. In ’72 “only 5% of Americans [would claim] to be secular, 24% of first-time Democratic delegates that year were self-identified agnostics, atheists, or people who rarely, if ever, set foot in a house of worship. This activist base encouraged a growing number of Democratic politicians to tone down their appeal to religious voters…[and had] little regard for traditionalist sensitivities.” George Rodriguez. “The Democrats’ Unreligious Fringe,” LATimes, July 16, 2006.

    a. Is there some advantage to affirming views in opposition to the personal belief systems of so many voters? Consider, 23% of those polled on election day of 2002 described themselves as “born again or evangelical” Christians, who vote on “moral issues,” and chose George W. Bush 78-21. Again, no respect for the body politic.
     
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    Hey, PC. Did you know that certain 'liberals' (ok, WhineCrapper to be exact) can't tell us apart. How funny is that? I guess all right wingers must look alike.
     
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    Then who are the Progressives?

    I consider them all Dems, Liberals, Progressives (yeah, like there's a difference) Neo-National Socialists
     
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    For the same reason why Most Democrats will not admit to supporting their Agenda Items in Congress the last 2 years.

    Because it is EXTREMELY unpopular to admit to.
     
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    Does this thread honestly have a point to discuss or ask, or did you all have to use the facilities and come here to take a shit instead?
     
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    Kinda like admitting that you're useless. Can't blame them.
     
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    You also have to ask, if Liberalism is so popular, why do virtually all Liberals lie when they campaign?

    Why isn't Andy Cuomo running on higher taxes and more government spending? Why did he cut and paste Carl Paladino economic platform and take it as his own?

    Why did Obama run as a fiscal Conservative?
     
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    Coulter agrees with you, CF...

    "The common wisdom holds that 'both parties' have to appeal to the extremes during the primary and then move to the center for the general election. To the contrary, both parties run for office as conservatives. Once they have fooled the voters and are safely in office, Republicans sometimes double-cross the voters. Democrats always do."
    Coulter, 11-27-03
     
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    No prob!

    I take that as a compliment!
     
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    Because if he had been Honest, McCain would be president, or Hillary even.

    lol
     

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