Poll-itics: Number of liberals surge in U.S.



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Liberals rock. I say that because it's true, and of course, because I am one. I own it. I scream it proudly. I embrace it. So there.

Yet to some, "liberals" is a bad word, a label and association they don't want, because conservatives turned it into a dirty word. Until recently, that is.

For some time, "progressives" was the euphemism many on the left decided to go with. I tend to use the words interchangeably, but apparently they have different meanings. What the heck, I'm a liberal progressive. Or a progressive liberal. Or a liberal liberal, or a progressive progressive.

Shying away from the word "liberal" is a mistake, because liberals are responsible for so many positive changes in this country. For example, here are a few things liberals have done for us:

  • The GI Bill
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Environmental Laws
  • The Space Program
  • The Peace Corps
  • Americorps
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Women's right to control their reproductive future
  • Allowing citizens to view their own credit records
  • The Internet

And that's just for starters. Just link over for more.

Apparently, Americans are starting to see the light. Per the Los Angeles Times, the nation is leaning to the left:

Self-professed conservatives have long outnumbered liberals in America, but the gap has narrowed significantly in the last four years, particularly on social issues, a shift that could harm GOP prospects in future elections.

On social issues, the number of people who identify themselves as liberal is now almost equal to the share who say they are conservative, according to the latest polling by Gallup. For years, conservatives held an advantage.

It must be a Marxist Kenyan French gay thing. Or a failed GOP "outreach" thing. Remember that? I bet Republicans would like us to forget:

Republican strategists already worry about the gap separating the party from black, Latino and Asian American voters, and an ideological gap would add to their burden.

The Times goes on to say that, when it comes to economic issues, the trend is similar, "although the conservative advantage remains bigger in that realm."

We liberals will have to work on that realm. Meantime, as the old Magic 8 Ball says:

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  • When Bernie gets ahold of something he's a warrior!

    Thank you again for your kind words.

  • She'll be ready soon though. 😉 And making a mark in the Senate that will go down in histoire. The locals are getting the sense that Bernie has taken the VA overhaul on with such contagious passion and vigor, that he may go balls-to-the-wall with that worthy crusade.

    And non non, thank You for battling every day for the cause like Laffy and the ab fab posse here at TPC.

  • Gosh, I love Bernie Sanders. In a perfect world we'd see a Sanders/Warren ticket but she's not ready yet.

    Thanks for your support!

  • Anomaly, that is a sentence that everyone should absorb and reflect on … up here in Vermont we have the contrast between Bernie (who we happily share with all because our puny population isn't enough fans for him); and old school N.E. fiscally conservative Dems. We ARE the big tent. I roared when Team Log Cabin got offered a berth by the D's. [So Dig your work, btw - rock on.]

  • One of your best.best, Laffy. Was in a doctor's waiting room yesterday, and the conversation { somehow 😉 } turned to Not One More. Then to the reality that 'liberal' has been made an obscenity by the bitter and receding Regressives. There's hope!!

  • kimbutgar

    Great commentary Gottalaff. The right made liberal a bad word. Now young people don't think liberal is bad because they like the stuff liberals advocate for.

    Thank you for reminding Walt and I that liberals are good people who want their fellow human beings to live a life in dignity.

  • You can still be a Democrat without being a liberal.

  • polybi

    The assumption is that if you are no longer a conservative (good for you) you are a liberal or a progressive. But what if people are tired of both? Where do THEY go?