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‘Proud To Be A Liberal’

Posted on | October 25, 2011 | 31 Comments

by Smitty

This cartoon is a hoot, but I’m not dealing with its copyright restrictions. Check the cartoon for a list of things for which we’re supposed to, somehow, thank these fellows.

Cartoon Snark
Civil Rights Wikipedia does a fine job of airbrushing the Democrat Party resistance.
Women’s Right to Vote Don’t forget to claim Margaret Sanger.
Social Security Do you really want that albatross about the neck? Really? Even Krugman the Risible admitted it’s a godforsaken Ponzi scheme.
National Parks Point.
Clean Air No, environmental conservation is a perfectly conservative point. Note the first two syllables: “conserve”.
Clean Water See above.
Minimum Wage As long as Economics has no meaning, liberals can take another victory lap on this one.
Worker Safety Wait. Without liberals, no workers would be safe? Really?
Consumer Protection Protection as in “Sure would be a shame if you didn’t vote a certain way. . .” protection?

In the first place, the liberals stole the notion of classical liberalism. That, apparently, occurred at the end of the Progressive Era. As the internet is increasingly used to point out what a sad little confidence game these ‘liberals’ are playing, look for them to test a new label in focus groups.
In any case, the modern liberal/Progressive remains a sad by-blow of an intellectual encounter between Rosseau and Marx.
Just keep on pluckin’ that chicken, liberals.


31 Responses to “‘Proud To Be A Liberal’”

  1. Kimcheetwo
    October 25th, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    “Point” on the National Parks?  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought they were the brainchild of Teddy Roosevelt, Republican.

  2. smitty
    October 25th, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    Many parks, e.g. Shenandoah, date to FDR.
    And Teddy was a Progressive, helping getting that ‘screw federalism’ thing going, for all Wilson was worse.

  3. Wilbur Post
    October 25th, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    They shoulda quit while they were ahead.  Instead, they kept going and now they have “given” us the non-scientific cult of global warming, 1930s-style anti-semitism, destructive multi-culturalism, a huge poverty-inducing slush fund they called a “stimulus”, bankrupt “green energy” investments which profit cronies, numerous states and cities teetering on bankruptcy due to pension and entitlement costs, a climate by which they basically demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them (VERY tolerant), the densest, most useless political class in history and to top it all off, their Keynesian economic masterpiece, Europe, is about to collapse in debt-laden flames and take who-knows-what-else with it.  Shoulda. Quit. While. You. Were. Ahead.

  4. Brian D Paasch
    October 25th, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    As soon as I read “civil rights” I assumed the next line would be “lie like a rug”.

  5. CalMark
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    The premise is narcissistic, foolish, and a big, fat lie.  Just like liberals.

    So in that sense, it’s appropriate.  Being immune to irony, they can’t see it, either.

  6. Joe
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Yellowstone predates Teddy Roosevelt being president, and Beck likes to call him a dirty progressive.  Still, I like Teddy and I like the parks he helped to create.  And he was a Republican, albeit a squishy one on some issues. 

  7. Joe
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    If I recall Nixon was president when the CWA, CAA, ESA were passed.  Okay, we may not want credit for the ESA. 

  8. Joe
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    AN ACT to set apart a certain tract of land lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone River as a public park. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the tract of land in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming …. is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people; and all persons who shall locate, or settle upon, or occupy the same or any part thereof, except as hereinafter provided, shall be considered trespassers and removed there from…Approved March 1, 1872.
    Signed by:JAMES G. BLAINE, Speaker of the House.
    SCHUYLER COLFAX, Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate.
    ULYSSES S. GRANT, President of the United States.

    Republicans.  Fuck you Libtards. 

  9. newrouter
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    “Women’s Right to Vote”

    from wiki:

    On November 18, 1872, Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election two weeks earlier. She had written to Stanton on the night of the election that she had “positively voted the Republican ticket—straight…”

  10. Adjoran
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    “Progressive” lost its attraction after Wilson’s follies started coming home to roost, so they stole “liberal” and rode that horse for decades until they finally made it pretty much toxic as well, whereupon the old “progressive” label was dusted off because only our great-grandparents remembered how bad the progressives were.

  11. CalMark
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    Their “new” name is recycled, just like their policies. 

    Which used to be called “tyranny,” before they took over our schools.

  12. McGehee
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    The Devil doesn’t need me to act as his attorney, but in the 1870s the Republican Party — the party of Emancipation — would have been the liberal one.

    And frankly, I haven’t seen much that was genuinely liberal from the Left since before I cared about politics (I was 5 at the time so I may even have misunderstood what I did see).

    I do remember hearing John Wayne defending a definition of liberalism (on “Donahue,” maybe?) that would have caused heads to explode at the DNC if it were repeated to them today.

  13. Joe
    October 25th, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    It was more classical liberal than libtard liberal. 

  14. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    This is weak, even for you , Smitty. 

    Civil Rights:  Yes, most Democrats opposed such legislation.  But many Republicans supported civil rights legislation. 

    Women’s Right to Vote:  Nice non-sequitur about Sanger. 

    Social Security:  A Ponzi scheme that has worked pretty well for decades and which thinking people seek to abolish.

    National Parks:  Nice concession.

    Clean Air: Let’s discuss which ideological camp pushed that issue.

    Clean Water:  See above.

    Minimum Wage:  Has obvious costs and benefits.

    Worker Safety:  Well, liberals tend to support regulations.  Which conservatives wind up paying for.

    Consumer Protection:  See above.

    You can thank me for this little history lesson later.

    {When you escape from high school and graduate from a real college like the Naval Academy, get back to us sometime.}

  15. McGehee
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    I still laugh whenever I see some lefty claiming Teh Right has turned “liberal” into a dirty word. It was they, having hijacked the word and crapped all over it, who bear that responsibility.

  16. newrouter
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    “Women’s Right to Vote”

    from wiki

    On November 18, 1872,
    Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal for voting in the 1872
    Presidential Election two weeks earlier. She had written to Stanton on
    the night of the election that she had “positively voted the Republican

  17. newrouter
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    “But many Republicans supported civil rights legislation.  They were the
    liberal Rockefeller Republican types that people like you disdain,
    because they think they are better than you.  Because they are.”

    like the 14 amendment you progg idiot?

  18. CalMark
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    A barely-literate screed full of inaccuracies and outright lies.  Oh, and condescension.  Oodles and oodles of that.  Which is what you expect from a Leftist.

    Get lost, troll.

  19. CalMark
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    But one thing I just CAN’T allow to go.

    This leftist troll is saying that the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation were “conservatives” who became Republicans.

    Gee, I had no idea that Robert “KKK” Byrd was a conservative Republican.  As well as Fulbright and Gore, Sr. 

  20. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    I see my little history lesson has kicked up a bit of a storm here. 

    {Nothing enrages the commentariat like lies and idiocy. Carry on, oh feckless troll.}

  21. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    Copperheads hate being reminded that they’ve always supported slavery; changing “plantation” to “collective” doesn’t change that.

  22. SVT
    October 25th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    The cartoonist simply listed nine items that he considers positive achievements (several of which are so vague that they are virtually meaningless) then gives “liberals” (also undefined) credit for them.  Although not persuasive, he is succinct. 

    You are neither.

  23. CalMark
    October 25th, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    First of all, learn consistency.  Use Roman numerals or letters or both.  (If we’re gonna get all picky)

    Point (i)[sic]:  I see–anything that benefits conservatives/Republicans doesn’t count.  Shouldn’t be surprised a liberal scores things that way.
    Point (b):  the biggest bigots stayed in the Democrat party.  “Kleagle” Byrd & Co. became Democrat icons despite their opposition to Civil Rights.  That says more about Democrats than Republicans.
    As for (c), that’s a low blow, but what do you expect from a liberal.

  24. McGehee
    October 25th, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    I see my little history lesson has kicked up a bit of a storm here.

    Inigo Montoya would like to have a talk with you about the words “history” and “storm.”

  25. Curtis Handsaker
    October 25th, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    Clean water?  I used to work in the wastewater treatment industry.  The lack of knowledge about what it takes to turn river water to something potable and sewage into something you can dump back into the river is astounding.

    Of course, treating water is DOING something not just thinking about it while gazing at your navel.

  26. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    So in other words, your college education was paid for by the federal government, as was much of your work history. Keep on fighting that big gubmint!

  27. Bob Belvedere
    October 26th, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    The Left can have TR and most of Richard Nixon.

    Too much land is in the hands of the national government [over 80% of Nevada is possessed by the Federales].

  28. Bob Belvedere
    October 26th, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    The Left figures that The Big Lie will work for them again: if they keep saying what they’ve done has worked enough times, people will come to believe it.  Sadly, they’ve been very successful at this.  Just talk to the average self-described conservative; they accept many of these basic lies as truths.

  29. Bob Belvedere
    October 26th, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    What’s interesting is that a decent, but small, number of Leftists aren’t playing that game this time and openly declaring themselves Socialists.  I guess they feel that they no longer have to hide behine benign and false labels.  Interesting.

  30. DWN
    October 26th, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Granted, T. Roosevelt was a Republican, but he was a widely, loudly and forcefully self-proclaimed Progressive (and yes, he capitalized the word ;-)). Of course, TR’s progressivism differed a tad from contemporary progressivism, but it still featured robust federal government intervention in economic and social matters, and his establishment of “national parks” was by means of typical progressive lawyer twisting of the Antiquities act–enabling him to not establish /parks/ but to declare /monuments/–as he did with Devil’s Tower, a large stretch of the Grand Canyon and many others. 

    So, though a Republican, TR’s Square Deal and other initiatives are in the spiritual family of contemporary progressivism.

  31. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Wikipedia 101, Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone bill. But Lincoln signed one before him.

    Also, Republicans led the way on women’s suffrage: we elected female governors and Representatives first.