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.
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, the News,
- Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor E-form
Send Letter to the Editor E-form
Aging agency offers help with Medicare
Editor, The News: I am writing in response to the woman who reported problems she was encountering with the high out-of-pocket costs of her Medicare supplemental insurance plan in last Saturday’s “The People Speak.”
‘State Fair’ displays Playhouse possibilities
Editor, The News: I had a delightful experience attending the New Castle Playhouse opening night performance of “State Fair.”
Dreaming of being local meteorologist
Editor, The News: I always wanted to be a meteorologist. I am never wrong or right and I still have a job. I provide data that no one understands while I am warm and dry waving my arms with that important suit and smug smile.
People should check health insurance
Editor, The News: I have paid the local hospital almost $1,500 in co-payments because my supplemental insurance was turned into a health maintenance organization, which was allowed to override my Medicare coverage.
In Bible, Jesus calls for people to repent
Editor, The News: Recently in the paper, Elton John said he believes Jesus would support same-sex marriages.
Scientific knowledge may be something else
Editor, The News: Science is knowledge derived by method; things scientific meet the criteria of science, but neither the criteria, nor the method are scientific.
Dog park supporters made big difference
Editor, The News: I just want to acknowledge News reporter David Burcham for his coverage on Jasmine’s park
Truth can be found only in word of God
Editor, The News: You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free — John 8:32.
Obama’s border moves contradict security
Editor, The News: Over the decades, how many billions have been spent by the states to successfully eradicate lethal or debilitating contagious disease?
- More Letters to the Editor Headlines
- Letter to the Editor E-form