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Yes, it’s better to be liberal than conservative

Sometimes I feel like we live in Opposite World. Time and time again Republicans use the word “conservative” like a badge of honor, while Democrats shy away from using the word “liberal.” I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be known as a liberal (which is someone who is broad-minded, tolerant, and open to new ideas) than a conservative (which is someone who is close-minded, intolerant, and wants to slow or reverse progress).

Yesterday I received a postcard (aka: hit piece) from the Republican National Committee, claiming that Rob Quist (the Democratic candidate for US Congress) was “Too Liberal for Montana.”

Really? I didn’t know that it was possible to be too tolerant of diversity, too open-minded, too concerned that people will lose their health care, too concerned that corporate polluters are killing our planet, too concerned that . . .

Yes, Republicans think anything that does not make corporations and millionaires richer is “too liberal.” Republicans are counting on Montanans being a bunch of hicks and voting against both themselves and human decency. With all eyes on Montana’s congressional election, the state will cement its image with the rest of the world for a long time. As someone who lives in Montana, I have my fingers crossed that we will do the right thing on Election Day, May 25.

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