Today, I noticeably observed a vehicle with the bumper sticker "Not a Liberal," emblazoned in white letters on a bright red background. I reflectively asked myself, what does that mean?
I live in a Red State and a county dominated by right-wing conservatives. Most elected officials are admitted Tea Party supporters and Obama haters.
These officials strongly support increasing the millage rate, in addition to the property value of my home. They also support an upcoming local special tax referendum to fund capital improvements for education. I am against the tax increases.
On the flip side of the coin. Local property owners recently threw a public temper tantrum in opposition to a proposed gas pipe-line planned to run through the county. Although no one lives in Florida, fingers were pointed at Florida's Governor Rick Scott accusing him of being the villain.
Does the "Not a Liberal" bumper sticker mean the opposition to the local gas pipe-line and the supporters of the trans-American Keystone pipe-line are simply liberal conspiracies designed to destroy America? Or do the differences between the two pipe-lines mean something more sinister?
I have heard it all. I exaggerating. Only a figure of speech. But I'm not exaggerating about the things I have heard.
Liberals are stupid. Liberals can't be trusted. Liberals are dumb. One conservative is smarter than all liberals put together. Liberals are responsible for all of America's woes. America's alleged rapid decline into a combination Banana Republic and Sodom and Gomorrah is because of liberals.
So, please. Some one. Anyone. Help me out. What does "Not a Liberal" mean?
In Texas and elsewhere it is conservative residents themselves who are fighting against giant energy corporations. Corporations that are polluting their ground water using "fracking" to make their drinking water "undrinkable." Many of these same residents are represented by elected officials who have aligned themselves with the "fracking" corporations.
In an open public discussion, a right-wing conservative boldly commented, if the Koch brothers wanted to abolish the EPA, then he unequivocally supported their efforts if liberals were against it.
So, does "Not a Liberal" mean, no matter how good an idea or proposal may be, if it comes from a liberal, that idea or proposal is automatically considered invalid? And there can be no compromise? Do the conservative victims of "fracking" agree?
Of course, it was Rush Limbaugh who said, and I'm paraphrasing, "You can't compromise with liberals, you have to defeat them, there is no other way."
"I may disagree with you, but I will defend to my death your right to say it." Okay. Thank you. I have read the patriotic words of an anonymous poster many times. Yet when it comes to self-serving ideological principles, censorship seems to always have more weigh than free speech and rational discussion. Could this be why authors have been blocked in their own articles?
Of course not. "Not a Liberal" has nothing to do with hypocrisy. Or does it?
And when it comes to rational discussion, race and discrimination often appear as that subject which is more visibly heated than any containing the exchange of actual meaningful substance. There always appears to be an ideological communications barrier. However, this is the one subject, along with sex, politics, and religion, where I suspect I can find the answer to what "Not a Liberal" means.
White liberals are virtually always accused by white conservatives of committing the unforgivable sin of being immersed in "white guilt" when it comes to discussions involving racial discrimination. This is especially true when discussion are about the victims being black or minority.
Have white conservatives considered the following? White liberals are extremely comfortable being the independent-thinkers they are. That they have the requisite intellectual abilities to unbiasedly use their own critical thinking skills. That they also have the moral courage to call a "wrong" wrong without fear of reprisals ... verbally or otherwise.
I am not white. So, I'm only speaking for myself. No one else. But am I right or wrong? Can the "Not a Liberal" meaning be extracted from any allegation involving "white guilt?"
Introspectively and controvertibly, does "Not a Liberal" mean being against civil rights, women's rights, equal rights, voting rights, and gay and lesbian rights? Hopefully someone will be able to explain in a clear, concise, and meaningful way.
My purpose is not to write a "let's start a fight" article. I would sincerely like to know what "Not a Liberal" means. If no one is willing to enlighten me, I will simply assume the question is one which has no answer.