In fact, call me a Libtard! This is the ‘insult’ that has been thrown at me a few times lately. Mostly in my dealings with the “Red October” supporters and those who seem to want to bring back a previous regime that saw to oppress a vast majority of people in our country.
Now “Libtard” I take as a contraction of the words “liberal” and “retard” and as an insult, is not very effective. First of all, if you look at my FB profile, right there under “Political views” it says, quite clearly that I’m “very liberal”, so throwing a word at me that I've already used on myself isn't terribly insulting and tacking the word “retard” onto it says more about you than it does about me.
Now let’s just go back to the word “Liberal”, what exactly does this mean? The dictionary defines it thus,
“Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.”
So where’s the insult there? Is being open to new behavior a bad thing? If traditional values includes racism, homophobia and sexism isn't it a good thing if they are discarded? Or should we hold onto these values even if we know they are unacceptable just because they are our values?
Someone very kindly sent me a picture with the following wording:
‘Imagine ….no liberals!”
(extremely pissed off right wingers)
Imagine a world without:
Diversity training, Gay marriage, abortion, Gun Control, Environmental Wackos, Anti-American War Protestors, The United Nations, France, Illegal Aliens, NEA, Multi-culturalism, New Age Movement, Hippies, Tax Increases, Body Piercing, Hollywood Celebs, Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Barbara Streisand, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, San Francisco, Hybrid Automobiles, EarthFirst!, Howard Dean, Hilary Clinton, Planned Parenthood, MTV, Ted Kennedy etc.
This was obviously sent as a joke but I look at this and think, okay, let’s imagine a world without this.
Imagine a world where people don’t accept each other’s diversities or don’t understand them.
Imagine a world where homophobia is acceptable and indeed legal. (There are already laws to this effect in Russia and several African countries!)
Imagine a world where women are not in control of their bodies and do not have the choice to terminate pregnancies due to rape and/or unwanted babies are born that no-one can take care of.
Imagine a world without gun control. Where all and sundry are allowed to buy and use weapons indiscriminately.
Imagine a world without the “Environmental Wackos”, “EarthFirst!”, “Greenpeace” and “hippies”. These are people who are our conscience, without them the ordinary man would not know about climate change, ecological disasters and even more of our wildlife would be obliterated because no-one cares.
Imagine a world without Anti-War Protestors. Imagine a world where no-one cares about children being killed and the innocents chalked up “casualties of war”.
Imagine genocide on a global scale because tyrannical despots aren't kept in check by authorities.
Imagine a world without the “New Age Movement”, where everyone is ignorant of alternative religions.
Imagine a world without Hollywood celebs. Imagine a world devoid of entertainment.
I don’t want to live in that world. So if you want to label me a “Libtard” because I believe in doing away with the current ideals that don’t live up to this, then go right ahead.
If you want to label me a “Libtard” because I believe that all people should be free, then go right ahead.
If you want to label me a “Libtard” because I speak out against racism, homophobia and sexism, then go right ahead.
If all of this makes me a “Libtard” then I’ll wear that label and wear it proudly.
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