Is there any doubt that support or resistance to the Affordable Care Act divides along liberal and conservative lines? What that really means is that those who think President Obama can do no wrong are more likely to welcome his health care plan. Or try this quiz: If you voted for Barbara Boxer in the last election; therefore, are you more likely to favor or oppose “Obamacare?”
We could go a little further in defining what makes liberal Democrats different from conservative Republicans. I have purloined these notions from the online Patriot Post, because I thought they exemplified the old adage, “There’s many a truth said in jest.” The first one, and I’ll be darned if I haven’t seen this while driving between Fairfield and Vacaville, is, “You’re a liberal if you still have an Obama 2012 sticker on your car, probably next to an Obama 2008.
In extreme cases a driver who is both an aging hippie and a Democrat might have not only a “U.S. Out of Vietnam” sticker, but also one that says “U.S. Out of Nicaragua.” Whether their 40-year-old Volvos can get them to their polling place is another story.
You’re a liberal if you believe, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, that food stamps give people the freedom to stay home and pursue their artistic endeavors. Of course, Nancy – one of the celebrities of the Democratic party, is the woman who said, speaking of the multiple-thousand-page health care bill, “We’ll have to pass the bill so we can see what’s in it.”
You’re a liberal if you’ve fought against racial discrimination for years. But there is one form of racial discrimination you enthusiastically support: Affirmative action.
Ever since they formed, you’ve been certain that tea party supporters are “ignorant racists,” while the unwashed hippies who make up Occupy Wall Street are thoughtful, knowledgeable and fair.
In the liberal pantheon of heroes, obviously President Obama has the most elevated spot, but not far from him is Michael Moore. A step lower might be Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews. Wait! I almost left out Alan Colmes, the house liberal on Fox. He’s both boring and dyes his hair a different rust color every few months.
You’re also a liberal if you blame every foreign disaster on George W. Bush. What am I thinking? For years, President Obama blamed almost everything – foreign or domestic – on Bush. Obama did claim, when the Obamacare rollout looked very messy, that it was largely the fault of Republicans who were scaring potential enrollees away from signing up.
Confession: When I was young and confused I voted for George McGovern. He wasn’t just like President Obama, though. McGovern was an honest liberal.
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]