20 Reasons Why I’m Thankful That I’m a Liberal

thankfulKeeping with the theme of the day, I thought I’d keep it a little lighthearted and simply list some of the reasons why I’m thankful that I’m a liberal. It’s like I’ve said before, growing up as a liberal in a conservative stronghold such as Texas has not always been easy, but I don’t think that I would have had it any other way. See, while it would have been very easy for me to simply shutoff my brain and walk around this world aimlessly like a mindless conservative zombie repeating everything I heard on Fox News, I actually ended up a liberal due to the ignorance I witnessed growing up in such a beacon of conservatism.

So with all of that said, I thought I’d list 20 reasons why I’m thankful that I’m a liberal.

1. I don’t ignore scientific facts simply because they don’t support my political ideology.

2. I believe “freedom of religion” means freedom for, or from, all religions.

3. I believe that we should worry about helping the full-time worker at Walmart who still needs help from the government just to survive instead of the greedy company not paying them enough to take care of their family despite working 40 hours a week.

4. A woman – not the government – should have the right to have control over her own body.

5. I know the best way to prevent unplanned pregnancies (the leading factor behind most abortions) is by making sex education and contraceptives more readily available – not less.

6. I don’t think war should be the first option on the table, but the last.

7. I know tax breaks don’t create jobs – demand does.

8. I believe health care should be a right for every American who needs it, not just those who can afford it.

9. I believe that if a business can’t pay their workers a living wage then they shouldn’t be in business.

10. I don’t think that students should have to go into tens of thousands of dollars in debt just to get a college degree so our society flourishes in the hands of future generations.

11. I don’t think economic prosperity within a society is found by giving more to those who have too much already.

12. I would rather be wrong about climate change and turn this world into a planet sustained by wind, solar and water energy sources rather than do nothing until it’s too late and end up with an uninhabitable Earth.

13. I believe education is one of the most vital assets a person can have, not a tool for liberal indoctrination.

14. While I know guns aren’t the only reason why we have so much gun violence in this country, I know that they are an issue.

15. I believe we should be making it easier for Americans to vote, not more difficult.

16. I think a nation is judged best by how it treats its poorest citizens, not its richest.

17. I believe in equal rights for all Americans, not just those who look and act like me.

18. I don’t believe that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would be a gun-loving anti-immigrant selfish prick who vilified the poor, judged others and loved war.

19. I understand capitalism can create great things, but it can also destroy them without proper regulations and oversight.

20. Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Louie Gohmert and George W. Bush will never represent my ideological beliefs.

And, clearly, these aren’t the only reasons why I’m thankful that I’m a liberal. The list could have gone on much longer. But feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know why you’re thankful to be a liberal.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • curmudgeon VN Veteran

    The old man was critically ill. Feeling that death was near, he called his lawyer.

    “I want to become a Democrat. Get me a change of registration form.”

    “You can do it”, the lawyer said, “But why? You’ll be dead soon, why do you want to become a Democrat?”

    “That’s my business! Get me the form!”

    Four days later, the old man got his registration changed. His lawyer was at his bedside making sure his bill would be paid. (How like a lawyer…)

    Suddenly the old man was racked with fits of coughing, and it was clear that this would be the end. Still curious, the lawyer leaned over and said, “Please, before it’s too late, tell me why you wanted to become a Democrat so badly before you died?”

    In a faint whisper, as he breathed his last, the old man said: “One less Democrat”.

  • strayaway

    21. I think that presidents can use their magic phone and pens to override the Constitution by changing laws.

    22. I believe that helping overthrow Khaddafi and funding anti-Assad rebels made sense.

    23. I believe US workers can learn to be more competitive if I buy a foreign car, support the TPP and other trade agreements, and by standing in employment lines with millions of illegal aliens who now have work papers.

    24. While I oppose perjury, it is sometimes justified as in the case of Lois Lerner and James Clapper when the goal is to protect the President.

    25. I feel safer knowing the government is protecting me by tapping my phone, molesting my female relatives at airports, scanning this post for key words, and otherwise ignoring the 4th Amendment.

    • CobrayRPB

      26. I’m glad nanny state, liberal policies make the 10th ammendment obsolete
      27. Im thankful for the 3500 new regulations Dear Leader sees fit to bestow upon us.
      28. I’m thankful 30000 of Lois Lerners emails were found

    • FD Brian

      actually number 25 was started under a conservative President named George W. Bush.

      #26 thankful I don’t believe in revisionist history.

      • strayaway

        Yes, the Patriot Act was started by Bush and everyone in Congress who voted for it. In the Senate; only one Democratic voted against it -Senator Feingold. All the rest were with Bush. But for the last 6.9 years it has been expanded under president Obama. Edward Snowden spilled the beans regarding the involvement of the Obama administration. Sometimes its difficult to tell when Bush ends and Obama begins.

        I didn’t post 26 but agree with adding it to the list. I would have written something like-
        26. I’m thankful that Congress, the president, and the courts don’t pay attention to the 10th Amendment.

      • christianh

        All of you can say what you want but bombs were going off everywhere but here… As soon as everybody got all “offended” causing perhaps slowdowns, we missed the Tsarnaev brothers…. MAYBE…

      • FD Brian

        I think you’re foolish to think that nsa spying wasn’t going on under Bush.

      • strayaway

        I didn’t write that I thought the “nsa spying wasn’t going on under Bush”. I wrote, instead, that for “the last 6.9 years (the Patriot Act) has been expanded under president Obama” and mentioned that all Democratic Senators except one also bare responsibility for its passage. The latter I included to address your previous remark, “number 25 was started under a conservative President named George W. Bush”. My point was that the vast majority of Democrats voted for the Patriot Act so it wasn’t just Bush. While you may think I’m foolish, it is partly because your reading comprehension failed you.

      • FD Brian

        and while democrats voted for it, it’s a conservative that originally signed into law, you know about conservatives, right? Smaller, less intrusive government?

      • strayaway

        It wouldn’t have happened if Democrats hadn’t voted for it so I would assign mutual responsibility. What’s your point otherwise, that Democrats and/or Congress aren’t responsible for their own actions? If so, then Bill Clinton is entirely responsible for NAFTA. You can’t have it both ways. Only president Obama has a magic phone and pen to change laws. While the Constitution was still in effect, Clinton and Bush needed the support of Congress.

  • Snartfarfle

    I can identify. I’m a Texan, too, and a big enigma to my conservative dad who would have preferred that I had shut down my brain at an early age. Instead, I just always looked at the bigger picture.

  • Avatar

    I can make list keep going on and on. But Allen, you simply nailed it.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Thankful I’m a liberal so there is more to me than bing so peevish to be a conservative hanging out on a liberal blog to continually post peevish items.

  • Jim Bean

    It must be gratifying to be absolutely certain that you are so high above the rest of humanity that they look like ants down below.

  • Ron Rowan

    A true liberal believes in individual freedom, free markets, and limited government, not using that government to squelch the rights of business owners or tax them out of business because they want to take money from hard working people and give it to people who break our laws by crossing the border illegally, sit on their asses collecting welfare checks because their too lazy to find a job and would rather do drugs. First we take care of our own citizens who have the right to vote because they are citizens and can prove it. Nowhere in our Constitution or Bill of Rights does it say we have a “right” to murder an innocent human being in a woman’s womb, or that women have a “right” to birth control and abortions paid for by someone else because a woman couldn’t say ‘NO’ to a man penetrating her vagina and ejaculating semen into it and thus creating a new life. The best birth control is abstaining from unprotected sexual intercourse until one is responsible enough to want to have and raise a child. I could go on with everything wrong with “progressive” ideas which are actually regressive and taking us back to a time when we had no morals at all and anything one wanted to do, they did; damn the consequences. True progress implies responsibility. Firstly, self-responsibility. In other words being responsible for one’s own decisions and behavior and not expecting other people to clean up your mess by taking a bigger chunk out of their paycheck. Next is being responsible enough to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves by insuring a social safety net exists to feed those who can’t feed themselves, to house those who can’t find shelter, and to train those who can’t find employment so that they can. Anything beyond that that is paid for by those who can work is theft, period. The way to provide jobs is to create incentives for producers to produce, not cut back on production and services because they can no longer afford to stay in business because of unreasonable taxation, and over-the-top regulation. It is not the government’s, and therefore, the people’s obligation to create jobs in a free society. Don’t call yourself a “liberal” when you are anything but. What you are is a statist, and a socialist who wants to use the government to oppress the freedom of those who work, and provide for the revenue that the government takes in to be able to provide services that has never been the job of government in the first place. You cannot legislate utopia. The historical record of those who have tried this: Hitler, Statin, Lenin, Mao Tse-tung, Mussolini, Castro, Pol-pot is a record of failure and oppression of the masses. Free market capitalism, with reasonable regulation to prevent abuses is the engine that has given the government its power by providing the revenue to create and implement social programs like Food Stamps, Social Security, Medicare, and now the Affordable Care Act which is a dismal and costly failure. The money spent on getting the ACA website up to speed could have given each and every American a $1million to go and buy their own healthcare insurance. The voters have made it plain that so-called “progressivism” has it limits, and that the independent thinking voter wants no more of the left-thinking BS that ignores facts and history and is destroying the middle class. Want to see what a left-leaning government controlled primarily by one political party looks like? Just look south of the border to our closest neighbor, Mexico. Not much much of a middle class there, mostly the very rich, and the very poor, with an extreme element of corruption. History shows that more government regulation leads to less freedom and more government corruption. JFK was a liberal, but he was a true liberal, not an extreme leftist like what dominates the Democratic Party today. He would be considered conservative by today’s standards. No, you’re not a liberal. A true liberal (ala John Locke) balances freedom and justice, not the statism that people who mistakenly call themselves “liberals” support today.

  • Greg Shinaberry