We liberals want life to be better for everyone. As one is lifted, all are liftedsuch progress enhances opportunities for all and enriches everyone in the chain of commercea goal of most conservatives.
We liberals dare to protect our environmentto have clean air to breathe, to have fresh water to drink, and have the oceans safe for life to prosper. We are conserving our planet and its resources for our children, grandchildren, and unborn generations to come.
We liberals wish to keep government out of our lives and protest the intrusions created in the Patriot Act by our so-called war on terrorism and the flaccid willingness of the fearful to squander our freedoms in the name of security. This attitude was a founding principle of the conservative Republican Party.
We liberals rail against corporate theft of our time and jobs. We find NAFTA and WTO rules anti-democratic and unfair to Americans. We wish to conserve our right to a living wage and access to prosperity.
Those who call themselves conservative should instead call themselves no changers. Futile is the battle against changeit is a losing causefor progressive ideas are strong and do eventually come to be accepted as the way things should be. Indeed, outside of the United States, the word liberal politically has the exact opposite meaning as it has hereto free the people from oppressive governmentnot creating more regulation and control of every little detail of our lives. What I see of liberal activity now leads me to conclude we have begun to act in the manner of that worldview.
I invite all my conservative friends to evaluate what they really believe inwhat they want to accomplish in this world and what they want to leave behindthen decide what label they really should be wearing.
Then, when November rolls around, I ask them to think hard on whether they wish to stand in the way of progress or aid the rich and powerful in compromising our future.
Allen Penticoff is Rockford area co-chairman of Dennis Kucinich for President 2004.