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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Perhaps you are a liberal, and don't know it . . .

''. . . if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties - someone who believes that we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a liberal, then I'm proud to say that I'm a liberal.” John F. Kennedy, speaking before the New York State Liberal Party, Sept 14, 1960.

This seems quite compatible with the Golden Rule of Matthew 7:12.

Thanks for reading.

5 comments:

Weekend Fisher said...
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Weekend Fisher said...

Y'know ... that definition of "liberal" has a not-entirely-tacit negative stereotype of conservatives as people who do not look ahead but look behind, react rigidly to new ideas, do not care about health, housing, schooling, jobs, rights, or liberties, and feel hopeless on the international scene (besides being probably suspicious). Which leads to the question: Would propagating negative stereotypes of his political opponents be compatible with Matthew 7:12?

Martin LaBar said...

No, propagating negative stereotypes is not compatible with Matthew 7:12. But, of course, liberals don't have a monopoly on doing that sort of thing.

Thanks for your comment.

Weekend Fisher said...

I don't think anybody has a monopoly on sin! Or on being forward-looking, pro-education, etc. Kennedy was playing to a "home crowd" when he made those fairly off-putting comments. I think most people make their most outrageous and narrow, partisan comments when they're safely with their own. Just one of the ways in which civility erodes more quickly behind closed doors.

Take care & God bless
WF

Martin LaBar said...

. . . or at political rallies, which often aren't behind closed doors.