Marketing Liberalism

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Miscellaneous
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In response to your request for ideas…

Most people don’t understand the political meaning of the word “liberal.” Over the decades the Republicans have succeeded in connecting it to “tax and spend,” and they have done so with nary a fight. It is as though we are ashamed of being liberals. It is, obviously, up to us the redefine. To do otherwise is the allow the other side to continue doing it.

I recommend that a task force of liberal thinkers and communicators be assembled, its charge being to define “liberalism” for the 21st century, and to do so while being mindful of liberalism’s rich and glorious past. Liberals, after all, lifted the world out of depression, defeated fascism, and championed the cause of civil rights (a job far from done). And it will be liberals who husband our precious resources, clean up our environment, put more Americans to work, feed the millions who go to bed hungry every night, advance energy independence, provide health care to those least able to afford it, use military power more wisely, and educate our children…all our children.

And, most importantly, we need to connect our liberal mission with the same transcendent morality that gave direction to our founding fathers, one firmly rooted in the humanist tradition and directly descendent from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Under this mantle, America can, once again, become the world’s beacon of democracy as we lead by example, humbly, with the vision of a better life for all.

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