Sunday, January 6, 2008

Pigeonholing Liberals and Conservatives. Wrong!

Yesterday I saw two bumper stickers on a pickup truck: "Rush is Right" and "Piss off a Liberal: Work Hard and Be Successful."

From my point of view that is dumbness personified. I'll tell you why: Rush has a shtick and makes up facts--we all know that. He is profoundly wealthy as a hate monger. That's funky karma in my world. And this business about liberals not working--wrong. Spouse and I work hard and are successful business people. I won't quote dollars, but we're in the tax bracket that pays big taxes. We anonymously donate to the underprivileged. We choose not to have our name on brass plaques.

This is not meant as a statement of sainthood, but as a statement of pigeonholing folks. Didn't we cease pigeonholing after leaving high school?

I don't mind being spurred about my liberal thoughts because I can answer with conviction, facts, and knowledge of the subject. I was raised in an active political family of both Democrats and Republicans. From the time I was 3, I worked on campaigns with my godfather, who raised me. I knew big time state Democratic leaders, and I socialized and worked with Republicans. Heck, my great grandfather, was a Republican candidate for mayor of Los Angeles--but he died of TB before the election.

Once upon a time, when I was 28-years-old, the father of my two baby girls and my husband, was accidentally killed. I had stayed home with the babies, worked part time developing my own business, and tried to finish my education. Boom. Suddenly, my income was gone. I qualified for county aide and state aide. But this good old-fashioned liberal said, screw your aide, I'll do it myself, thank you very much. And I did. I learned about investment. I took a minuscule life insurance policy and invested that into second mortgages which earned me a tidy income along with my reporter's job that I did during the day while taking night classes at UCLA. Does this fit the shape of a liberal?

Yet, I'm still without a candidate for 2008!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're a good Republican to me.