I am liberal.
Recently, I mentioned this to my conservative friend. I was warned that as an author, I should steer clear or be careful of that word. It will imply that I am...A LIBERAL!!!!
Merriam Webster's definition of liberal says in part: " of or befitting a man of free birth...marked by generosity : openhanded...given or provided in a generous and openhanded way..."
The definition of conservative reads in part: "of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions... tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions...marked by moderation or caution...c : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners..."
Isn't interesting that these two terms have taken on derogatory meanings on both sides?
Though I call myself liberal, I am not so pleased with the Democratic party. The Republican party, in my humble opinion has become in the last decade, a total and complete embarrassment with little exception. Prior to January 2000 we as a nation have thrived despite the fact our government has been divided. Something changed in the new millennium. George Bush became the became our forty-third president and the unraveling began.
The time has come for Independents to finally gain some real momentum. With the Internet, independent politicians have the opportunity to reach millions of people via social networks at a fraction of the cost of traditional campaigns. We all know that the "A list" politicians will be financed by big business on both sides. That gets the major television time, robo calls, etc. Does anyone ever take the time to listen to those annoying robo calls, read the pamphlets? I don't. Consider the homeless TV announcer who's Youtube got twelve million hits in two days. If your message resonates, it's on every Facebook & Twitter page and passed in email We live in a virtual society that grows daily.
Our system is failing us. We are really the ones to blame. The American Government is SUPPOSED to be of the people and by the people. But we are too lazy, scared or uniformed to do anything other than complain. This is truly THE opportunity for the Independents, the ones that usually just got in the way of the BIG TWO. You need to be strong. You need to be smart. You need to make intriguing videos. You will get our attention. When we like what you have to say, we'll post it, email it - we will be your marketers. For better or worse, we have become social media minions.
This is my call to a strong Independent party that will speak to both sides. We all want the same thing. A nice home, a good education, dependable, affordable healthcare and the pursuit of happiness. We need a new way to govern. I don't have the answers but someone out there does.
We just need you to introduce yourself to us. We will help you. I promise. Pass this around if you agree.