…and this is liberals the world over.
I disagree that the mantra of Conservatives is that they are in the majority, I honestly feel that we liberals are. One of the many problems we have is that we are not politically motivated enough. We are prepared to stand by and allow things to go on the way they are because, well, we don’t get out in enough numbers and we are, by default, cynical of government. We know that government won’t do what is right – it will only do what it needs to do to keep up its friendships with business, and large business at that.
What needs to happen is that we become fed up with the status quo and decide to change it – that is what happened on the 4th of November when Obama was elected.
After that, we liberals now want change – real change, something that we can see as ours, not just the president-elect’s. But when he does propose a change – the diverse bunch that we are decide that isn’t the change that we wanted – enter Rick Warren.
The outcry I have read about is, to me, crazy!
OK – Warren has his views on abortion and gay marriage – but don’t we liberals espouse that we believe in free speech and freedom of thought? That can, sometimes, hurt our respective feelings – but we have to take the view that all are allowed freedom of speech and thought – if we don’t we are not the liberals we think we are.
Obama allowing, even inviting, Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration is a part of that change! We have to understand that. As I said, we liberals love freedom – and we have to stick with that even if it sticks in our throat. How are we supposed to change peoples minds through debate if we simply silence them? That is the conservative way – as proven by Bush and Cheney. Are we really like them?
I think not.
If we do want openness, it is we who have to open our arms and show that we are not just the radical left, we are the ones who have to say, Sorry, I have to disagree with you” and explain why. Conservatives don’t do that – they simply say that if you disagree with them you are not a patriot, a [add country here], even a human being as I have been called.
That doesn’t hurt me – it just shows that those conservatives who say such things are scared. Not of me, but a change of ideas – a change that will benefit them as it will everyone else, but it is change and conservatives are scared of that change – no matter how little or great that change will be.
So we should not just condemn Barack Obama for his choice – what we should do, yes, is say that we are a little shocked but we understand that when he says inclusive – he means all society and not just us liberals. To exclude the conservatives is just as bad as they have done to us over the Bush reign.
And that is the biggest change of all!