We have all heard Rand Paul and his waffling on the Civil Rights gaff that he made the day after his electoral victory, right? And NO…that is not what he is being taken to task over here on Info Ink.
We look for the most anal statements that people can make, and Mr. Paul has made a couple so far and he is NOT even elected to office yet….but the best anal thing was when on the ABC Sunday News Show when he took Obama to task over the oil spill in the Gulf…….
“What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,’” he told George Stephanopoulos. “I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.”
Un-American? Would he be so pro BP if he made his living on the Gulf and not in some swank office? With comments like that, he is a perfect fit for the radical right and the teabaggers. This guy needs to shut the Hell ,up and stick to Kentucky politics….every time he opens his mouth he shoves a foot into it……
Subject: Political Philosophy
This is a re-print from Info Ink in 2008′
If one spends much time on line, especially if you are interested in politics, one would see that Conservs and liberals seldom agree on much. As a matter of fact, being a liberal is akin to being mentally ill. But the problem is that not many really understand the term liberal.
For years I have been analyzing, reporting and debunking the American political system. Most Americans think that they are either conservative or liberal, a bit simplistic, at best but that is the way they think. For instance, if youare not a Republican then you are on the Left(?). I have yet to find one person that thinks that way that can explain it satisfactorily. To think that a Democrat is somehow a Leftist, is beyond humor and flies straight into ignorance.
First, if a person is to be labelled a Liberal–what type of liberal are they? Classical or Modern? Ask that question and then observe the face of the person being questioned–”a deer caught in the headlights” comes to mind. Confusion is a good description, but really not that accurate.
Let us take a look at the types of Liberals there are:
Classic Liberal–the so called father of liberalism–John Locke pretty much defines it as thus:
Individual is more important than the state and becomes a citizen of the state only through consent.
The individual is rational and capable of making his/her own decisions.
Progress is possible in political affairs, so change should not be feared.
State power should be limited.
Economic inequality is not necessarily a bad thing.
Economic freedom is more important than economic equality.
Next is what we shall call a Modern Liberal–
Government intervention into individual and social life is sometimes necessary to prevent individuals from denying freedom to others.
Liberty should be understood in broad, expansive, positive terms: as the liberty to seek out ways to develop the human potential and contribute in a meaningful way to society.
Economic inequalities is to be regarded with suspicion, as a condition likely to undermine the welfare of those who have lower incomes and thus erode their chances of being free.
These are a bit simplistic as I have said and could be expanded on which in turn would make the whole thing so confusing that no amount of trying could bring about an understanding.
I sincerely hope that this has assisted the reader in some way, to help identify the differences in liberals and has help in the identification of what a liberal really believes. They are not all Leftists, as some would have you believe.