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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

One frequent letter writer always blasts “liberals” as being socialists and takers and those who want the government to take care of everything for everyone. They want more doles and handouts, he says.

He then compares his twisted opinion with fiction writer Ayn Rand’s writing. She, he believes, offers a sound template for a great society based on the government being neutered. He insists that living in that make-believe society would be more “American” with everybody for himself. His argument sets up a false view of liberalism, then uses fictional nonsense to condemn it.

Liberals, or progressives, by definition are broad-minded folks who tolerate different views and behaviors in others. They are progressive socially and politically, favoring reforms that advance culture, protect personal freedoms and embrace a government that works for everyone. We believe government is our friend, since “We the people” are the government. We believe its role is one of promoting the general welfare, and having an inclusive hand in our lives by providing a safe environment and laws that protect our way of life.

Contrast that with conservatives, who are in favor of the status quo, keeping traditional values and customs, in spite of social changes, and in general hate change and anything to do with government in our society. Their world is one of exclusion rather than inclusion. The libertarians even go so far as to not want any government at all.

Think about it. We would still be under the control of England if they were in charge. They would have seen the breakaway colonials as disruptive “Occupy Wall Streeters” who should be mocked and broken up. We would never have had a Constitution or a Bill of Rights. It was the liberals and progressives of that time who launched the American Revolution. Be thankful for that. How ironic.

Tyler Cassell
Flushing

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