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We all know that liberals promote water and air quality, wilderness preservation, affordable child care, food safety regulations, affordable housing, transportation safety, proper hazardous waste disposal and many other social issues. They also want to protect social security, Medicare and social and legal justice. One might ask, what justifies or encourages these thoughts?

I believe liberals justify these issues in part, because of what our Constitution and other documents asks us to do. For example, our Constitution says: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

When a liberal votes for equal and fair voting rights, clean water and affordable healthcare, they are saying these things promote the general welfare of our country. When a liberal endorses affordable education or ending poverty, they are saying these things are securing the blessings of liberty and establishing justice, just as our Constitution states.

Liberals also quote the Declaration of Independence which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Liberals say that all of us have an unalienable right to life. However, how can we have life without affordable medical care? People die every day because they cannot afford skyrocketing healthcare, costly lifesaving drugs and high insurance premiums. In addition, how can one have liberty when our country has more people in prison than any country on earth? And how can one pursue happiness when they are paid minimum wage, which puts them in extreme poverty and thus forcing them to beg for food stamps and other social programs?

Liberals also justify their belief of caring for others because the Bible says:

Deuteronomy 15:11 states, “I command you, you shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor in your land.”

Philippians 2:4 says: Let each of you look out not only to his own interest but also the interest of others.”

1 John says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does Gods love abide in him?”

And don’t forget what Jesus said about the Good Samaritan and the parable where Jesus explained, when you help the poor and suffering you are doing it to Him as well.

Liberals are guided by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bible; all of which, ask us to take care of the sick, the poor and those who are in need of shelter, food, education, clean water and equal opportunity.

There are some who criticize liberal points of view and they should not be ignored. For example, P.J. O”Rourke, a self-admitted Libertarian conservative said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”

Right now, healthcare costs in America, are at least twice as expensive as any other country, yet rated 37th in its care for patients. A major reason why it is so expensive is one quarter of the costs are administrative, mainly billing insurance companies. Also, the price for drugs are the highest among all nations. On top of that, doctors prescribe a plethora of unnecessary tests and procedures to avoid litigation and increase profits.

When someone gets sick or in an accident they are taken to the hospital which is a “for profit” corporation. Your doctor and many specialists are called in and they are paid hundreds of dollars an hour for their services, whether you need them or not. After one is treated, the insurance company is sent a bill, however, they too, make a large profit from your illness. In fact, the insurance industry enjoys one of the highest profit margins in the country. And when it is all through, you have a deductible to pay which may be in the tens of thousands of dollars which bankrupt thousands of Americans. In other words, the sick and injured are punished and they are financially burdened, while at the same time, with each new injured or sick person, the so called health care system gets richer and richer. It is not like that in Mexico, Britain, Norway, Canada, Spain, Greece, Russia, or any other country on earth.

I ask you, is it logical that your accident or illness creates great wealth for doctors, drug companies, investors and board members of multi-million dollar corporations, and in doing so sends you to the poor house? I understand nothing is for free, but it would be a lot cheaper if we had a one payer system and didn’t have to support a multitude of corporate interests and industry lobbyists. What do they have to do with your healthcare needs except to transfer as much money out of your pockets and into theirs?

Another common criticism regarding liberals is from G. Gordon Liddy, a conservative Watergate burglar, who claimed, “a liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

Liddy’s criticism is half right, liberals do feel a debt to their fellow man. However, he is wrong when he implies he wants just you to pay off the debts.

Liberals want everyone, especially the very wealthy, to pay a little more in taxes and share the burden, in order to create what the Constitution calls, to “promote the general welfare of the country.” That’s what we do with all other government expenditures, why not heath care? Don’t we all have an unalienable right to life?

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Liberals want to follow the advice of our Constitution where it says to establish justice and share equally in the blessings of liberty. However, we know that many Americans did not share equally in those blessings, but took advantage of their fellow man.

Obviously, these ideals are not derived from the tyranny or subversiveness of Socialists. The liberals’ guiding principles are direct from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bible, which are the vary source of our countries laws and morality.

Many persons throughout history have also voiced similar advice. For example: Liberals want more economic equality and justice for all of us. Nelson Mandela said this about it: “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest.”

Liberals want workers to earn a living wage. This is what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said about it: “No business, which depends for existence by paying less than a “living wage” to its workers, has any right to continue in this country.”

By the way, liberals are criticized for protesting deforestation, strip mining, shale oil pipelines and the government’s intrusion into our private lives by recording our texts, phone calls and emails.

The American senator J. William Fulbright endorsed protesting by saying, “to criticize one’s country is to do it a service…Criticism, in short, is more than a right, it is an act of patriotism, a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “it is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest”

Do you support the liberal points of view or do you reject the advice and direction of our Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Bible and common sense?

Remember too what others have said about the liberal points of view. John Adams said “government is instituted for the common good, for the protection, safety, prosperity and the happiness of the people and not for profit, honor or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.” This is not a socialist concept, it is one of our founder’s very words.

Thomas Jefferson said “no government should be without critics. If its intentions are good, then it has nothing to fear from criticism.”

Andrew Jackson said “it is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of governance to their own selfish purposes.”

Theodore Roosevelt said “this country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.

Aristotle said “if liberty and equality …. be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government.” This is why gerrymandering and other voter suppression is wrong.

Abraham Lincoln said to Congress, “labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never exist if labor had not first existed. Labor is superior of capital and deserves much higher consideration.” This is why we must support labor unions and make it harder for Wall Street and our fiat money banking system to create financial booms and busts.

Ronald Reagan said “concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” Our country is run by the concentrated power of corporatism and kleptocracy and it is indeed the enemy of our democracy.

Theodore Roosevelt said “a great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.”

Thomas Jefferson said “all tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

Fellow Bitterrooters, let us reason together and follow the advice of the Bible, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and our founding fathers.