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The Conscience of a Liberal


Society & Culture  (tags: Liberals, conservatives, americans, culture, ethics, society, government, news, interesting )

Carrie
- 791 days ago - krugman.blogs.nytimes.com
After all the whining over "class warfare", the GOP has more or less forced an election that really is about the very rich versus everyone else -- and the Romney supporters are so insulated by their wealth that they can't even see the problem.



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Pat A. (116)
Monday July 30, 2012, 7:14 am
But surely there still is a considerable problem - some people still vote for the GOP - and some of them are poor - why do they do it????!
 

Gene Jacobson (253)
Monday July 30, 2012, 12:53 pm
"This could be famous last words, but it looks to me as if Romney is in the process of getting defined — and his party won’t like the results."

It feels to me as if the right wing, including their religious components, don't truly understand what a conscience is. That small still voice within that tells us whether an action we are about to take is "right" or "wrong". For me, this is a very simple question. If it hurts someone else, or comes to me at the expense of someone else in a way that takes something from them without receiving anything in return, an action is "wrong", if it benefits someone else, heals them, feeds them, lifts them up, just plain helps them, whether at some cost to me or not, it is "right". This is my personal moral compass. Somehow I think the right wing has already experienced the reversal of the magnetic poles some scientists think is coming and their moral compasses have flipped into a state where "wrong" is "right" and vice versa. Very 1984ish. They claim to follow the teachings of a man who said our primary task is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Yet nothing they do or say follows this simple teaching. Until they develop or rediscover the real difference between right and wrong, we are in for choppy seas. Setting a good example isn't good enough, they don't seem to learn from past mistakes, I'm not sure rubbing their noses in it will suffice to teach them basic humanity 101. But I retain hope that some life event will bring the collective world back to its collectives senses and we'll again become a place where people realize that we can work together to achieve goals that benefit all of us without having to harm any of us. That compromise is an art not epithet. I'm not that much of a dreamer, but we used to function this way, and can again. NEED to again. And so my hope is that whatever is needed to reawaken the spirit of love and humanity in all of us happens soon. We all need a conscience, far too many seem to have lost sight of that, particularly those who claim to represent He who set out for us what a conscience should be telling us.
 

William Y. (54)
Monday July 30, 2012, 1:02 pm
You are so right, Gene. Green *
 

Michael Ruger (17)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 4:02 am
I believe old Congressman Mo Udal put it best when he quipt,about the Democratic party being like a circle firing squad. Liberals are even worse.they use shotguns. You can't get two Liberals to agree on anything.It has to be their idea ,and the heck with the other Liberals who don't agree. When the Republicans win everything this November,the fault will lie with the vast majority of us too shotgun wounded too even attemp to votor care. You know I keep having this dream lately about what is happening in overseas in that land where the King is killing off anyone who disagrees with him,calling them Terrorist. Do you really think AMERICA will ever get out of the clutches of Corporate lead around by the wallets Republican party. Not much we can do about it. I believe our fate is sealed.
 

Carrie B. (306)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 9:21 am
Oh Michael I hope you are wrong.
 

Tal H. (8)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:31 pm
Thanks for the article!
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:58 pm
Our fate is sealed ONLY if we lay down and let the bastards walk all over us. Remember when there were no labor unions and then the "common" man fought against the corporate moguls and created the unions? Remember when women were not thought to be bright enough to vote and we stood up for ourselves and now we can determine the outcome of elections? Standing up for what you believe in is seldom easy but it is NECESSARY!
 

Robert B. (57)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 7:42 pm
The overwhelming greed of the 1% is our enemy. They must be beaten at the polls! Or else we can just forget it.
And Patricia, in answer to your question: "But surely there still is a considerable problem - some people still vote for the GOP - and some of them are poor - why do they do it????!" They do it because of either A) Plain ignorant gullibility and or B) Plain old Bigotry.
 

William Y. (54)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 11:44 pm
@ Robert B. or old fashioned brainwashing.
 

Janelle Wong (71)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 11:06 am
The most important issue to voters is the economy and in that Obama has failed miserably. Looks like 2010 all over again.

 

Donna G. (38)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 12:47 pm
My sister voted for Bush, because he was against abortion. I told her that might be true; but, he certainly didn't act like he was pro-life. Anyway, she will probably vote for Romney, as well. Not sure why, she's not wealthy.
 

Tal H. (8)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 6:07 pm
Thanks for the article!
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 7:16 pm
What's horrifying is that Mitt still has a chance, despite his obvious unsuitability for office.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 10:02 pm
There is something really wrong with those who think Romney is their choice and they are not in that 1%. Don't these people realize they are voting against themselves? He can't even show his tax returns because he is hiding something. This alone should be enough to concern everyone------why is he evading taxes that should go back to our country from which he benefits so grandly? Would he really miss that extra million dollars a year? It would be nothing to him to pay a fair share, his lifestyle would not be affected in the least.... but no, he hides it various different accounts all over the world. Pathetic.

Seriously, anyone voting for Romney because of the abortion thing is just ignorant. Abortions are going to be performed whether people want them to be or not, just because it is something that is a personal issue between a woman, her doctor and her belief system. You can't control that by voting in this idiot, that's for sure. WIthout Planned Parenthood and places for affordable care for women who don't have the money, only the women and the babies will suffer. I am sure Romney and his gang don't believe in supporting those unwanted babies once born.
The hypocrisy and games played are just off the charts.
Please vote for Obama, 2012. He has been great, and will be even better once the Republicans are ousted for good.
 

sheila l. (108)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:20 am
Sorry but I never want to see the re-election of Obama again. One sided opinions with NO real facts, how sorry I am for all of you that drink the kook aid and want Obama as president.
 

sheila l. (108)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:22 am
I suggest liberals out there and you are way out there believe me; go and read Thomas Sowell and you may learn something!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:40 am
tunnel vision makes it very hard to see the whole picture
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 11:43 am
As Obama has never held a corporate job, or any job of importance for that matter,history never scoffed over Roosevelt's millions,nor Kennedy or Johnson's millions.
It's part of Obama's lack of understanding, having never held a corporate job that leads him into trouble.Policy cannot be made on the backs of those who achieved wealth, then need to succeed needs to come from the individual(believe me, I'm not speaking as Ayn Rand). I just think it's unfair to equate one's ability to be president by his wealth.
 

Frank S. (456)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:44 pm
I don’t think people actually hold Romney’s millions against him, but rather his likability has suffered perhaps irreparable damage because of the childhood bullying incident, his arrogant manners, him not releasing his tax returns, and lately his terrible gaffes overseas. I also think that some people fear that he may be only a tool for the right-wing wealthy and only wants to be a kind of Robin Hood for them, taking from the poor and middle class, and giving to his bosom buddies, the super-rich!

 
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