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March 10, 2012

Government has big role in creating better lives

NEW CASTLE — Editor, the News,

Liberalism is the belief in the importance of liberty and equality.

It established the fundamental ideas of constitutions, democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, free and fair trade and the separation of church and state.

These are ideas widely accepted by political groups that do not profess liberalism.

It became a powerful force in the Age of Enlightenment, when people began to question the prevailing types of governments, i.e., hereditary states, absolute monarchies, established religions, the divine rights of kings. It was promoted by those who believed in natural rights for all and the social contract that argues for rule of law and for government that is subjected to the wants of the governed.

Americans are liberals in the true sense of these definitions.

So why all the ranting and raving in political discourse about how terrible those of us who believe as liberals that government can do so much more to make the American Dream available to all citizens?

New liberalism promotes a greater role for government in improving devastating social conditions. We no longer live in an agricultural society where land, much of it free, was available to all. We live in a more urban, complex, crowded country where everyone is not afforded the opportunity to work and earn a comfortable living.

Much needs to be done to insure that everyone who wants a chance can thrive in today’s America.

In true liberal tradition, our government took on the role of improving the lives and circumstances of its citizens in the past and can do so again. Instead, under the guise of financial cost, right-wing conservatives are attempting to destroy years of progress our country has made in giving a modicum of dignity and security to its citizens.

I’m proud to be a liberal.

Fred Minteer

Minteer Lane

Edinburg

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