Joe gets up at 6:00 AM to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.
After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.
Joe agrees. "We don't need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."
Quotes from some more damn liberals:
If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights -- you can thank liberals. If your food is not poisoned and your water is drinkable -- you can thank liberals. If your parents are eligible for Medicare and Social Security, so they can grow old in dignity without bankrupting your family -- you can thank liberals. If our rivers are getting cleaner and our air isn't black with pollution; if our wilderness is protected and our countryside is still green -- you can thank liberals. If people of all races can share the same public facilities; if everyone has the right to vote; if couples fall in love and marry regardless of race; if we have finally begun to transcend a segregated society -- you can thank liberals. Progressive innovations like those and so many others were achieved by long, difficult struggles against entrenched power. What defined conservatism, and conservatives, was their opposition to every one of those advances. The country we know and love today was built by those victories for liberalism -- with the support of the American people.
Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiment in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy which has marked the present age would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination, so far that we should never again see their religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.
--George Washington (letter to Sir Edward Newenham, Oct. 20, 1792)
The Rule of Law was consciously evolved only during the liberal age and is one of its greatest achievements, not only as a safeguard but as the legal embodiment of freedom.
--F.A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom)
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
Conservatives who hate liberalism should contemplate whether conservatism or liberalism would better the world. Fascists and Islamic terrorists are hard-line conservatives. Do you really think their conservative nature makes things better? Now imagine if they all became liberals. They would no longer harbor an ideology that promotes war. Science would progress. Education and medical care would dominate their concerns. They might even see the benefit of a government similar to the first secular government in the world: the Constitutional government as founded by American liberals.
--Pelican the Politician
In every issue touched by the Rights Revolutions-- interracial marriage, the empowerment of women, the tolerance of homosexuality, the punishment of children, and the treatment of animals-- the attitudes of conservatives have followed the trajectory of liberals, with the result that today's conservatives are more liberal then yesterday's liberals.