18 Reasons to Thank a Liberal: A Partial List of Liberal Achievements; 1935-2010

Author: May 12, 2012 11:01 am

Liberals get a bad rap from conservatives for over-spending and from their own party for not achieving enough. Yet, where would we be without liberals? The answer is too dire to ponder. If you’re proud to be a liberal or Democrat, please pass on this 18-part ode of appreciation.

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8 Historical Reasons to Show Liberals Love

If you work hard for a living, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The 8-hour workday, overtime pay, and the federal minimum wage (Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938). Labor activists started calling for an 8-hour day in 1836; Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the above provisions into law for many workers more than a century later.

If you or someone you love serves in the military, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The G.I. Bill of Rights, first enacted in 1944 under FDR, which provides funds for military veterans to receive education/training, started unemployment compensation for veterans, and facilitates loans for returning veterans to buy homes and start businesses.

If you are a member for an under-represented group often attacked by the (ever-fading) white male majority, you can thank a liberal for:


  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964, enacted under Lyndon B. Johnson, which outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation and unfair voter registration requirements.

 

If you plan on getting old and/or sick some day, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The Social Security Act, enacted for limited recipients in 1935 under FDR and expanded under Harry Truman and LBJ, which helps ensure that people who are too old or infirm to work can still access basic necessities.
  • Medicare, which provides greatly subsidized health care to retirees. Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by LBJ as an amendment to the Social Security Act.

If you drink water, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The Clean Water Act, first enacted under Truman in 1948 (the Federal Water Pollution Control Act) and expanded under Jimmy Carter in 1977. The 1977 amendments created a greater structure for regulating pollutants contaminating U.S. waters and gave the EPA authority to implement pollution control programs.

If you’ve ever had a baby or a sick family member and didn’t want to choose between caring for them or losing your job, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (signed into law under Bill Clinton), which allows employees who have worked for an employer for at least 1 year to take up to 12 weeks of leave for a family illness, birth or adoption within each 12 month period. Employers must apply accrued sick or vacation time to the worker’s family/medical leave and compensate workers for that time.

If you grew up in a rural area and enjoyed 20th century conveniences, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (FDR), which provided federal loans for the installation of electricity in rural areas of the U.S.

 

Yes, But ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’ – 10 Reasons to Thank Obama

Is Obama the idealized leader many hoped he’d be? No. Has the Obama administration accomplished more in two years than most Presidents have in two terms? Yes. Here are just some of the strides Obama and liberals made from 2009-2010 before Republicans gained control of the House:

If you or someone you love plans to go to college (and you’re not rich), you can thank a liberal for:

If you realize fossil fuels are ruining the environment, precipitating violent storms and bound to run out sometime this century – and you support the development of sustainable, clean energy, you can thank a liberal for:

If you have credit cards or loans and don’t enjoy getting ripped off, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, which banned underhanded and predatory practices by credit card companies and provided new consumer protections, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (formed under the 2010 Wall Street Reform), which seeks solely to educate and protect consumers from unfair and predatory practices by financial institutions. Its goal is to make sure prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing deceptive or abusive is buried in fine print.

If you or someone you love might need comprehensive medical treatment without wanting to get screwed over, you can thank a liberal for:

  • Health Care Reform (aka ObamaCare, aka Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010), which forbids health insurance companies from canceling coverage when a person gets sick, from refusing to cover preexisting conditions, and from imposing lifetime limits on medical care. The bill also established federal subsidies to decrease the price of health insurance (families of four earning up to $88,000 are eligible) and initiated federal oversight of premium hikes.

If you or someone you love is disabled or part of the LGBT community, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which extends federal protection to victims who were attacked because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Shepard and Byrd were murdered in 1998, the bill was first introduced in 2001, and it finally passed in 2009.

If you or someone you love is homosexual – or if you just believe in the Fourteenth Amendment’s extension of equal protection under the law, you can thank a liberal for:

  • Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military without having to hide who they are.

If a teacher has ever touched your life, you can thank a liberal for:

If you think American multi-national corporations should bear a bigger tax liability to help fund services for the people from whom they’re getting rich, you can thank a liberal for:

  • Funding the above education/Medicaid bill by reducing tax loopholes for companies making profits overseas. The bill was supported by the National Education Association and several workers’ unions; it was opposed by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and the Chamber of Commerce. Only one House Republican voted in favor of this bill.

If you or someone you love has a child for whom they can’t afford to purchase insurance, you can thank a liberal for:

If you or someone you love is dying or debilitated from a life-altering illness and you still want hope for a cure, you can thank a liberal for:

  • The end of the Stem Cell Research Ban, for which Obama takes full credit. He used an executive order in March 2009 to end former President George W. Bush’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

*This list is by no means exhaustive. Enter your own ‘Reason to Thank a Liberal’ below and we may include it in the sequel.

Rachel Maddow is going to close this one out – she does an excellent job of bringing together most of the 2009-2010 liberal accomplishments here. (Don’t forget to show your liberal pride and share the post via the buttons below!)

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11 Comments

  • Don’t forget catching Osama Bin Laden. That’s been one of his greatest achievements so far.

  • Here is a anti-socialist pledge I saw. I contains many programs, many listed in the article, plus some more.
    Pick and choose.
    ————————————————————————————————–
    The Tory Socialist-Free Purity Pledge
    I, ________________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a
    socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:
    I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly
    being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.
    I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly
    being allowed to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing
    unconcealed firearms in public.
    I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming
    unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls. Also.
    I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and
    participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:
    ? Social Security
    ? Medicare/Medicaid
    ? State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
    ? Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
    ? US Postal Service
    ? Roads and Highways
    ? Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)
    ? The US Railway System
    ? Public Subways and Metro Systems
    ? Public Bus and Lightrail Systems
    ? Rest Areas on Highways
    ? Sidewalks
    ? All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009 federal senate
    appropriations–http://grassley.senate.gov/issues/upload/Master-Approps-73109.pdf)
    ? Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink,
    outdoor hose!)
    ? Public and State Universities and Colleges
    ? Public Primary and Secondary Schools
    ? Sesame Street
    ? Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children
    ? Public Museums
    ? Libraries
    ? Public Parks and Beaches
    ? State and National Parks
    ? Public Zoos
    ? Unemployment Insurance
    ? Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services
    ? Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, State or
    Federal Government (pretty much all of them)
    ? Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government
    Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)
    ? Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA
    Inventions)
    ? Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD’s ARPANET was the
    basis for subsequent computer networking
    ? Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or
    That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies
    ? Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That Contain Inputs
    From Government Subsidies
    ? If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and
    insist on paying for my own medical care
    I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
    I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of the following types of socialist
    locations, including but not limited to:
    ? Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History
    ? The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments
    ? The government-operated Statue of Liberty
    ? The Grand Canyon
    ? The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials
    ? The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery
    ? All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or in Washington, DC
    I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and
    government-provided healthcare.
    I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore socialist military of the United
    States of America.
    I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing,
    Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell,
    and hundreds of others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for our socialist
    army.
    I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of
    Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees.
    Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks.
    Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I
    die.
    SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF ____________ IN THE YEAR
    ______________.
    ___________________________ ___________________________
    Signed Printed Name/Town and State
    Flag

    _

    • Wow, if anyone could adhere to that list, they’d be pretty much stuck in one place wouldn’t they, not to mention pretty darned bored.

  • Fun fact: Obama is not actually a liberal. Also, most of the things you listed were not particularly “liberal” at all. Health care “reform”? Seriously? That bill was about as corporatist as it could have been!

  • The facts are the facts. Liberals have raised the standard of living for the middle class. If it were up to the Repukes we’d all be trying to live off of slave wages. We’d all be starving!! THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE!!!!

    Think of all that President Obama has done with absolutely NO COOPERATION – AT ALL – from the Republicans – NONE!!!!

  • Yes,
    Please tell me how ALL these giveaways are going to help when the economy collapses soon, directly to these giveaways.

    • Liberal Lamp Post

      I can’t help but respond with “LOL.” Most of these points aren’t ‘giveaways’ – we pay into SS, not to mention the civil rights and consumer protections listed.

      Why aren’t you concerned about the ‘giveaways’ to the corporate sector – $4 billion per year to Big Oil? Tax breaks for companies and wealthy individuals that drop their effective tax rate to 15% or less? The Bush Tax Cuts are the SINGLE BIGGEST DEFICIT DRIVER, Now and into the future.

      http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/the-chart-that-should-accompany-all-discussions-of-the-debt-ceiling/242484/

    • Were you this concerned with the republican’s $800 billion giveaway to big pharma in the form of Medicare Part D?

      Now THAT is a giveaway. As Liberal Lamp correctly points out, what you list are NOT giveaways.

      So why don’t you have the courage of your conviction, and refuse Social Security when you’re eligible? Have any family members who receive it, along with Medicare? Tell them to refuse those ‘giveaways.’

  • Brett Beltran

    President Obama should receive huge credit for the success of the Libyan War. Facts are facts and what he did was the best war strategy plan in history and unified our NATO alliance

    • The war is not won yet. But I agree most definitely. It’s nice to turn on the TV and see people in a nation such as Libya taking to the street in celebration kissing American and British flags. Such a site I think has not before been seen. It’s amazing what ACTUALLY supporting democracy overseas does when you don’t use terms of “with us or with the terrorists.”

      Wait.. was this the first American military supported populist rebellion to succeed? I mean sure we’ve orchestrated tons of military overthrows and assassinations, but when was the last time we supported a popular rebellion of the people and the people won with just US/NATO air support?

  • The t-bagrs are going to put Obama back in the WH just as they put Reid back in the Senate

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