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In Defense of Liberalism

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. " That bit of wisdom has been known and cited for centuries, yet too many Liberals stand by and let right wing extremists intimidate and slander people who do not think exactly as they do.

The title of this piece is actually a misnomer. In a Democracy, Liberalism should need no defense.

I am a veteran of the Korean Conflict. I love my country and served it for almost thirty years. I was born before Franklin Roosevelt became president and have lived through thirteen presidents. I am a political Independent and have voted for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. I do not belong to and do not support any political party.

I am sick and tired of right-wingers accusing those of us who want more democracy and individual freedom for all Americans, of being unpatriotic. Their smear and sneer tactics have influenced the opinions of some citizens to the point where they automatically equate dissent with treason. The accusers do not seem to realize that dissent is the essence of Democracy. Passive or submissive people are not truly free.

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I refuse to be passive or submissive and encourage others to stand up for their beliefs, also.

For fifty years or more the American public has been bombarded with attacks on political Liberals. It is about time that these attacks are answered.

Spiro T. Agnew, that great American who barely avoided prison, sneeringly spoke of "pointy-head Liberals " and "do-gooders ". These and other epithets were used to deride and degrade the efforts of those people who have tried to improve the lot of all Americans.

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Simply reading a dictionary, [something the right-wing seems unwilling to do] gives the true definition of a political Liberal. For instance; my dictionary says that a political Liberal is "One who advocates more individual freedom and democracy and believes that government can and should have a positive effect on the lives of the people. " Further definitions say that "Liberals are favorable or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom; especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression and encourage representational government rather than monarchies or dictatorships."

There is more in that same vein, but I think that sums up the true definition of a political Liberal.

Throughout the history of this great nation, and the world, the Conservatives have always defended the status-quo. That is what conservative means. For instance;

At the time of the birth or this nation the Conservatives opposed independence from Britain. After independence they offered George Washington a crown to be king of the United States. Of course he refused.

The Conservatives also tried to set up a system of landed aristocracy. I can see it now. "Duke of New Mexico " or "Margrave of the Ohio Valley " or some such idiocy. The Liberals of the time opposed this.

The Conservatives of the time also thought the first ten amendments to the Constitution were unnecessary.

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These same people thought that only men who owned a certain amount of property should be allowed the vote. Again, Liberals opposed that. They said that any man, no matter how poor, should be allowed to vote in all elections.

Later, the Conservatives defended slavery and called Lincoln Republicans "radicals ".

In the slave states a plantation owner was given an extra vote in all state and local elections for every male slave he owned. That is the main reason public education was almost non-existent throughout the South.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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