By Connie Schultz

Praise Be, I’m Liberal — And Just Like You

January 31, 2013 3:15 pm Category: Memo Pad 49 Comments A+ / A-
Praise Be, I’m Liberal — And Just Like You

Recently, a reader wanted to know whether I was aware that Creators Syndicate, which distributes my column, identifies me as a “liberal” on its website.

Is this really the first thing you want readers to know about you? she wondered.

Her intentions were kind. I assured her I’m fine with it.

I already had been a columnist for five years when, in 2008, Creators started identifying all of us by our politics to give newspaper clients a better idea of who we are. At first, I bristled. I was afraid the label would alienate conservative readers who think liberal women hate God, men and marriage — a prevalent theme of angry mail. I also thought it defined me too narrowly. I’m a lot of things, I whined to nobody interested in listening. “Liberal” doesn’t begin to tell that story.

My editor helped me get over myself. He said I could drop the label. Like a recalcitrant teenager who crumbles in the face of parental largesse, I decided to let it be.

Really, it’s truth in advertising. I grew up in a working-class family that praised God, Democrats and union benefits. I am a liberal, out of gratitude and with no apology. Declaring that upfront is either an assurance or a warning, depending on your point of view, but at least you can’t accuse me of a bait-and-switch.

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address has sparked a lot of discussion about what it means to be a liberal in 2013. Amazingly, he sounded like one, which made a lot of us happy and others wail like the wounded.

Much of the commentary has focused on this passage of the president’s address:

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.

“Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.

“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.

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  • FredAppell

    Perhaps the best way for us to describe ourselves would be to say, yes I am a _ (fill in the blank) but let me tell you what I am not. We are all like onions with so many layers and nuances that it really does make labeling one another rather moot and diminishes the person. The older I get, the more this point becomes evident. I personally loved this article because it points out the futility and shortsightedness of what we have all become.

    • foolsdance

      So well said, Fred. I am ever amazed with the prejudices those labels inspire. I am so much more than just that one label, but an unbelievable majority stop there once that is known. Beautifully written piece.

      • FredAppell

        Thank you for your kind words. Believe me when I say that your comment is no less eloquent and you nailed the very essence of what I was describing. Earlier today I was listening to NPR and a conservative Republican female caller from Tennessee was saying that the Republican party is a disappointment to her because they deny science and global warming and another conservative caller said that he opposes trickle down economics. None of us really fit into the supposed categories that we are placed in. Like you said, many people don’t want to know beyond the dreaded label.

  • RobertCHastings

    Once again, Connie Schultz takes a pointed issue and makes it poignant. For those of us who enjoyed the Shrek movies, this article makes me think of onion analogy used by Shrek. We are all onions, layer upon layer of consistencies and contradictions.

    • FredAppell

      You’re so funny. That is exactly what I wrote at first. If you look at my comment below and notice that it was edited, the onion remark was what I changed. I didn’t think anyone would take me seriously if I left it in.

    • http://twitter.com/LFreeland1 L Free

      Maybe we should skip the movies and go to the source:
      “Man is an onion made up of a hundred integuments, a texture made up of many threads. The ancient Asiatics knew this well enough, and in the Buddhist Yoga an exact technique was devised for unmasking the illusion of the personality. The human merry-go-round sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask is the same illusion that the West has labored just as hard to maintain and strengthen.”

      ― Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

      • RobertCHastings

        Isn’t it interesting how movies imitate philosophy imitating life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    My deepest sympathies at the loss of a dear friend, Connie. God bless.

    (He needs something to do away from the really odd characters espousing faith in Him as their manner of building themselves up striving to reflect His glory.)

  • lessthantolerant

    stupidity like this is what helps grow parasite nation.

    • WhutHeSaid

      So I guess that explains your presence, Ultra-conservative-hoping-for-a-nice-prison-cell.

      • lessthantolerant

        Hmmmm…. sounds like a typical socialist threat, don’t like disagreement so we must silence it.
        I am frightened.

        • amazonfan

          So says the person who refers to liberals as enemies of America. What a hypocrite!!!

        • WhutHeSaid

          Nah — you’re too stupid to be frightened.

          • lessthantolerant

            Now my feeling are hurt. Poor silly libbie, had to take the cock out of its mouth to come up with a reply.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Well, that certainly sounds like projection to me. I’ll just bet you’re the pride of your trailer park.

          • lessthantolerant

            I doubt either of my homes could be described as trailers. and since both have more than five acres of surrounding land, they don’t quite fit the park mode.
            What does your mommies basement look like?

          • WhutHeSaid

            Yeah — that’s what every redneck sissy says. The chicken coop doesn’t count as a home (well, at least not to you).

          • lessthantolerant

            Wow, how concise. I’ll bet you look around your mom’s basement and wonder what the outside world must hold then shudder and go back to your xbox.

          • WhutHeSaid

            ‘Concise’, eh? Well, at least you TRY to sound intelligent. It’s not at all convincing, of course, but we must encourage rednecks who make an effort to exercise their inbred brain cells (both of them). Let me guess: You’re one of those Southern sissies with big mouth, yes? It always makes me happy when I run into one of you. I do enjoy beating down rednecks — you squeal so pretty!

          • lessthantolerant

            Big talk from such a little pussy.

          • WhutHeSaid

            … squealed the redneck sissy.

          • lessthantolerant

            My but the little girls talks big.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Lordy, you just squeal so pretty!

          • lessthantolerant

            So, you like little piggies.

    • highpckts

      lessthan tolerant – I too am intolerant! Intolerant of people like you that go around spewing hate & bigotry! It’s too bad you have to live your life in such agony!! What a terrible waste!!

      • lessthantolerant

        LOL! you poor libbie, can’t stand being treated like you treat conservatives and republicans can you. My days of tolerance are over, I have no patience for enemies of America.

        • WhutHeSaid

          Gee that’s too bad. Perhaps you should go have a good cry about it.

          • lessthantolerant

            Crying is for liberals and children. It is my hope enough tragedy befalls you to have that cry.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Rednecks like you are my favorite – you always squeal like a little girl when you get beat down.

          • lessthantolerant

            And I suppose you are the one to give me this beat down? little girl I don’t see you as much of a threat.

          • WhutHeSaid

            You know, that’s the problem with you redneck sissies — every time you hump your sisters it makes you overly brave and mouthy. I like it when you get mouthy — beating you down is just that much more fun. After all, God put rednecks here for the rest of us to have somebody to slap around.

          • lessthantolerant

            Beating me down? Wow, now there is a concept I would like to see attempted. You poor libbie, you are so busy doing your mom you have forgotten what real men do. Your mother isn’t one of them, I save skanks like that for my Dobermans.
            try and sound more convincing.

          • WhutHeSaid

            That’s the difference between me and you, I guess: I wouldn’t inflict human garbage like you and your family on my pets. I’d rather take care of you myself, with my bare hands. I know you rednecks don’t feel pain like real people, but I still like to hear you squeal.

          • lessthantolerant

            I would gather you have smaller stuff than I in your hands while you one hand type this silly drivel.

          • WhutHeSaid

            You seem to have some sort of sexual hangup that you can’t help expressing in every post. Something you need to get off your chest?

          • lessthantolerant

            Yes, pussies like you amuse me.

    • amarquez647

      It us so easy for people with your malady (ILLNESS) to judge and believe that what others take for truth are actually lies. I would not go as far as calling you stupid, what you are is ignorant with extreme prejudice. I believe that you call yourself a good Christian, how could you be when the first thing you lack is charity. The true parasites are those who live in glass houses and run companies like Monsanto, Bank of America, AIG and Verizon. I want you to understand that when that revolution that you desperately crave comes, if it comes, there will be true patriots ready to put it down. How dare people like you threaten this country with sedition?

      • lessthantolerant

        I do not believe I professed to be a good Christian, however, since it seems to you that a good Christian has charity, I will profess that I lack that weakness. I have watch for years how you liberals have through the guise of charity addicted the poor black race into servitude. This same guise is working on whites and Asians now that your pathetic education and entertainment system have dumbed them down.
        Sedition to you is liberty to others. What you really fear is what will happen to your ilk when it happens, trust me, it will not be pretty for liberals.

        • WhutHeSaid

          What will not be pretty us what Bubba does with your ass when you are locked into that prison cell. All of the pitiful squealing in the world won’t help you then.

          • lessthantolerant

            Bubba? So all prisoners in jail are southern rednecks? Goodness little girl but you better look at the stats, according to the DOJ our prisons are filled with groids and other minorities.

            But since I am sure my expensive lawyer could easily defeat any “gubermint” attempt, I guess this silly scenario would never come into play.
            But keep dreaming, oh by the way, since you didn’t deny the cock theory, I guess its safe to assume you acknowledge it. Shame on you little girl for wishing a man could give you man meat so you would justify your girly feelings.

          • WhutHeSaid

            ‘Expensive lawyer’, eh? Does that mean his pickup truck has new tires?

            You just keep on with your sissy-talk — nobody squeals louder than a mouthy redneck bigot when they’re snatched up out of their bigot-hole and tossed in with Bubba. Bubba just loves your type — literally.

          • lessthantolerant

            Oh how cute, I bet you are a howl at all the OWS meetings in you mommy’s basement. Do you have a Che shirt too?

          • WhutHeSaid

            Gee, you’re up kind of early. What happened — did your sister kick you out of bed or something?

          • lessthantolerant

            had to feed the dogs they like chewing on useless liberal pussy.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Oh — I get it: You give them the female parts and save the male parts to chew on yourself. Figures.

          • lessthantolerant

            No when I use your mother I leave her whole for my dobies, they enjoy her so.

          • WhutHeSaid

            You seem to have an odd relationship with your dogs — is there something you aren’t telling us?

          • lessthantolerant

            No, I let my dobies eat liberals whenever they need a good bowel movement.

  • bchrista

    Based on his comments I would advise lessthantolerant to jump on a slow boat to China maybe he would like it better there, he sure as hell couldn’t possibility like it here with a liberal President and his buddies the Republicans in total disarray,and his conservative bullshit doesn’t stand a piss ants chance in hell of convincing anyone to follow the Republicans to their doom, their lies is starting to come back and bite them in the ass.

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