The dearly departed Prince of Chappaquiddick was proud of his liberalism. “I am proud to be a liberal,” Senator Kennedy speechified as he received his honorary degree from Harvard in 2008. The DemocraticUnderground and OprahOverground proudly echoed that chant following Aquaman’s demise last month.
But, are they really proud to be called liberals, today? I mean, come on . . . liberal today does not connote the same meaning as when Jefferson, FDR, or even Kennedy’s big brother boastfully bore the brand. In fact, according to a recent Rasmussen Poll, only 15% of voters say they view the description of a liberal candidate as positive.
No problem for the modern liberal, especially for SecState Hillary, who during the campaign declared her preference of “progressive” as the new shuck and jive around the negatives encumbering the liberal tag. The problem though, is that only 32% find that to be a positive descriptive of their political leanings, and that is even down from 40% just after the ’08 elections. Seems more and more of the electorate are figuring out that when politicians call themselves “progressive,” what they really mean is, “liberal,” in a not-so-fond 21st Century sort of way.
So what’s a proud 21st Century Liberal to do? Well, I just so happen to have what I think to be a winning suggestion – assuming liberals actually care about “truth, social justice, and The People for the American Way.” They need to each come out of their political closets, and separate themselves into the two distinct groups they most genuinely resemble, today - Marxists on one side, and Fascists on the other.
Don’t click away from here in a huff! I’m not calling anyone bad names, or using those terms as pejoratives. Hang with me a bit longer. It gets better, so read on.