It says a lot about the supposed thinking of the Republicans that they can't use the word "liberal" without associating it with the most vile obscenities, epithets, expletives and vulgarities. To the Republicans, the word "liberal" is all those things and the same as taking the Lord's name in vain, condemning you to God's eternal damnation, questioning the legitimacy of your birth, referring to your canine maternity and asserting that you are a practitioner of the Oedipal Complex.
In a GOP diatribe published here on OEN on June 4 by Rob Kall, the Republicans said that liberals elected Obama. No kidding? Did they think that we might have thought that the Republicans elected him? Rob said that, "The GOP will be calling him liberal and vilifying his supporters." This is undoubtedly true, and begs the question, "Why is calling someone a liberal considered the worst possible thing that a Republican can call someone?" And, "Why don't liberals attach the same connotation to the word "conservative"?
The answers to those questions are all but clear, but we can come close to finding out why Republicans are that way. Republicans practice the ideology of conservatism. Their ideology is to make up your mind about how you want things to be, then distort reality until it fits. What the Republicans call the "values" of Republicanism, as so ably demonstrated by the number one Republican, George Bush, are first and foremost, hypocrisy, followed by what they are hypocrites about, corruption, cronyism, bribery, corporate welfare, manipulation, deceit, outright lying and the general attitude that what's good for Republicans is even better if it can be made bad for everyone who is not a Republican.
Liberals don't have an ideology. Has any one ever heard of "liberal ideology"? What really chaps the ass of Republicans is for liberals to point out the obvious fact that the United States was founded, prospered and became the most wealthy, powerful country in the history of the world, based on liberal principles. That came about because of the most liberal document ever to be written about how to govern a country, giving the people of our country the most liberal rights that any people have ever had. That document is the Constitution, and the liberal writers included in that document the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing that the people would have the rights of a liberal democracy.
The Republicans hate that document. It is the antithesis of everything they believe. Yet, the conservative Republicans owe everything they are to that document. They have parasitically attached themselves to the products of the liberals who built the country with liberal principles and manipulated, deceived and cronied their way to wealth, all the while deriding the very thing that made it possible, liberal principles.
Just ask any conservative Republican who hates liberal principles, if, when he's arrested and jailed without charge, deprived of counsel, deprived of habeas corpus, has all his property confiscated without due process, he's willing to stick to his conservative principles and give up those very liberal principles that prevent that from happening to him. Until it actually happens to him, he'll lie about it and say, yes. But when it actually happens, he'll squawk and scream and yell and holler and beg for some of those liberal principles.
I'm really, really tired of having the word "liberal" applied to me as if I were a maggot. Especially by people who have lived off of and benefited from liberals all their lives and who, hypocritically, profess to hate those liberal principles. By people who, when it comes right down to the nut cuttin' and they get their ass in a crack would give anything for just some of those liberal principles.