Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kennedy: Proud to be a Liberal

Be Liberal and Be Proud:  

When someone calls you a "lib", smile and be proud!   

So many issues, so many the same, so many different.  As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dallas, let's remember this great quote by John F. Kennedy when he accepted the nomination of the Liberal Party in New York in 1960:
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 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 I'm a "Liberal." Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party nomination (14 September 1960)
Find out more about this speech using this Google search.

Added November 19, 2013, just a few days before the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, with this great collage from Tracy Knauss at Facebook

Every time that someone tries to denigrate the term "liberal", it's time to pull out this quote, and say strongly and surely:  "Yes!  I'm a liberal and I'm proud of it."  Don't allow yourself to be demeaned because you believe in civil liberties and the welfare of people. 

(--- and follow Tracy Knauss's page at Facebook.  He does great stuff!)
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