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Just a Thought - So now I'm a liberal?
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I’ve been labeled a liberal. 

Try as I might, I couldn’t find any definite list to tell me what makes one a liberal and what makes one a conservative. 

If liberal means a belief that everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, etc., should be treated equally and with dignity and respect, I’m a liberal.

If liberal means a belief that women are equal to, and not less than men, I’m a liberal.

If liberal means a belief that every able-bodied person should contribute to society, I’m a liberal.

If liberal means a belief that exhibiting honesty, loyalty, respectfulness, humility, and compassion on a daily basis is important, I’m a liberal.  

If liberal means a love for nature, animals and humor, I’m a liberal.

If liberal means a belief in God and He has the sole authority to sit in judgment and that we do not share that authority with Him, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that the life of Jesus stands as a testament that we should live as He, with mercy, peace and love, I’m a liberal.

If liberal means no one religions conviction, even Christianity, should be forced upon everyone, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that any child brought into this world should be provided a happy, healthy and safe upbringing, I’m a liberal.

If liberal means a belief that women should have sole authority over their bodies, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief the U.S. Constitution should offer the same rights to everyone and that any law that targets women exclusively is in violation of it, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that gun owners should be held legally accountable when they act irresponsibly, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that honesty, loyalty, respectfulness, humility and compassion should be traits exhibited daily by everyone, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that your personal life is your business and not mine, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that adults should take responsibility for our own actions, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that labeling others makes you feel superior, but that’s not a good habit to get into, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that labeling is done as a means to turn people into targets and against one another, I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that society would be better off without labels (i.e. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservation, black, white, gay, straight), I’m a liberal. 

If liberal means a belief that labels are a form of bullying, I’m a liberal.

If you must label me, use human. I do understand that human lacks the demeaning, belittling, disparaging, depreciating, condescending, patronizing, sneering, derisive intent of calling me a liberal. Human is accurate, though, if accuracy is important.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.