The “L” Word

No…  Not that one.  I’m talking about “Liberal”.  Why has this word become worse than the worst of four letter words?  And why is anyone in Washington supposed to feel some deep sense of shame if they’re even associated with the “L” word?  Is it because of the disdain in the voice of all those lovely commentators on the network that shall not be named?  Or because of the rather large gentleman who pollutes the radio airwaves on a daily basis and stirs the pot of bigotry and intolerance?  Probably a bit of both.

Watching the news this past week – A week where during his Inaugural Address, President Obama laid out his so called “liberal agenda” – I have been profoundly struck (more so than usual) by just how much some people seem to hate anyone who doesn’t fit into their cookie cutter version of what an “American” should look like…  And then how quickly those who don’t fit in are branded with the word “Liberal”.

Well, because of all of the incessant chatter (and because branding really hurts) I have decided to add my own two cents in regard to our President’s so called “liberal agenda”.  Here are some of my thoughts on that dirty “L” word:

~ If being a liberal means extending a hand to those in need then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means I am concerned with treating all people with dignity and respect then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means believing that loving someone is an inherent right of everyone onthis planet then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means wanting an educational system that provides the best possible future for all of our children then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means believing everyone on the planet should have access to affordable health care then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means believing too many innocent lives have been lost to weapons that don’t belong on our streets then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means believing war should be the absolute last resort then call me a liberal ~

~ If being a liberal means believing the things we do affect our environment then call me a liberal. ~

~ If being a liberal means believing every human being has a place at God’s table then call me a liberal. ~

Hmm…  Doesn’t seem like such a bad word now that I think about it.  In fact, in all honesty, I couldn’t think of a nicer compliment than if someone took time out of their busy day to call me a liberal.  I might even get a tee shirt made!

 

Michael Foley

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Michael Foley

Michael Foley currently lives in Los Angeles where he pursues his passions. Writing, psychology, spirituality and politics. He has been a fierce advocate for LGBT rights since the early 80′s, during which time he was part of New York City’s Act-Up and a volunteer at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He has worn many hat’s over the years including nearly a decade in Corporate America where he was an Operations Manager in the Insurance Industry (please don’t hold that against him). Today he is a produced playwright and actor who continues to support and fight for LGBT equality and the healing of the LGBT Community.