Thank God for liberals. It’s about time that those of us who are tired of right-wing fear mongering show that our point of view is based in hope more than anything.

Of course, the usual suspects come out of the woodwork to denounce liberal ideology in typical fashion. In contrast, liberals focus on the reality that we can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. After all, that’s the definition of “insanity.”

I’ve said it before… it’s time for us to show genuine leadership instead of reacting based on fear. I’m thankful that liberals have been around to make history throughout time.

A liberal saw the excesses and errors within the Church in 1517 and posted his 95 theses on the door of his church in Wittenberg, which began the Reformation. Right around that same time, a liberal translated the Bible into English, which gave the Scriptures to the people in the common vernacular. Liberals led the way to start a country based on equality and the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Liberals fought to put an end to slavery. Liberals spoke out for the Native Americans, but were squelched in an environment of abject hatred toward our nation’s first residents.

Liberals fought for the civil rights act of 1964. Liberals fought for women’s rights. Liberals have always stood up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. They stood for the slaves, child labor laws, worker’s compensation, anti-trust laws, occupational safety laws, equal housing, and fair lending practices. If that’s “giving away the farm,” then I’m glad we did.

In fact, Jesus himself preached love, tolerance, justice, and equality for all people. That’s pretty liberal, isn’t it? So long as He preached it, so will I. He is the great equalizer, and that’s a message that can never tarnish or wither. It is, in fact, the core of the Gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you look carefully, there’s no asterisk there. “Whosoever” means “whosoever.”

What’s unfortunate is that Liberals have allowed the word “liberal” to be tarnished by right-wing attacks. They’ve allowed themselves to be labeled as crybabies and whiners. Thankfully, that’s beginning to change.

As a democratic republic, our responsibility is not to “majority rules” but rather to protect those who are NOT in the majority. This is why this system of government works. It protects those who are not in power or in the majority. This is the heart of the bill of rights (the first ten amendments to the US constitution). It protects those who aren’t Christian white males.

So who’s less fortunate? Look around. There are hundreds of families who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner this week. There are countless teenagers who live in abject poverty (most of them minorities) who are convinced that they’ll never get out of that situation. Instead of blaming liberals, why not join hands with them and help to fund programs that are designed to provide alternatives to the streets?

There are more than 150 confirmed cases of HIV in Montgomery County. For every confirmed case, statistics indicate that there are at least 2 people who don’t know they’re infected. Liberals have fought to fund HIV awareness and education, as well as research for effective treatment. Instead of blaming liberals and gays, why not show the kind of compassion that Christ called for? Why not help with these programs?

Yes, there are those who are less fortunate. I’ve been in that situation. I thank God that I’m no longer there. It took work, patience, and God’s favor in my life to get where I am today. Sadly, there are those that just can’t seem to rise above their situation, no matter what. Jesus said we’d have the poor with us always. He also said that we should minister to them any way we can. “What you have done to the least of these, you have done it to me,” He said.

Christianity isn’t the only faith which embraces charity. The ideal of charity is encouraged in nearly every major world religion. Maybe one day we’ll begin to rise above name-calling and work together to help everyone… no matter who they are, what they look like, or who they love.

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