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I'm not a pansy

I'm tired of liberals being characterized as sissies. The last time I checked, I was a liberal, but I would hardly label myself as a "girly-man". I think the neo-cons like to call us pansies because we opposed the Iraq war, and war in general. Other than that, I can't think of anything that would define us as being softies. We're content to pay our taxes, we care about our planet, we are proponents of gay rights, and aren't interested in seeing our civil liberties infringed upon. I suppose some of those issues thar are dear to us might lead the conservatives and religious right to believe liberals are weak. I'd be lying if I said it didn't annoy me.

I like to believe that my tax dollars go to helpful governemt programs (it keeps me from getting too pissed off about the $300+ dollars that comes out each of my paychecks). I'm not sure why I'm concerned about our planet. After all, I won't be around in sixty years (that's based on the current average male lifespan), so why should I care? I'm not gay, and I'm not a woman, so why should issues relating to either concern me?

I think with all of these issues, it comes down to people. I'm not particularly social. Most people, in fact, annoy me. I do think, however, that everyone deserves a fair shot in life, even if they screw it up. Everyone deserves to be treated equally.

I'm not a saint. I'm not superior to anyone, and I'm certainly not any more intelligent than the average Joe. I don't like that, as a liberal, my views are a cause for some to question my manhood. It shouldn't bother me, because it's juvenile name-calling, yet it does. Is that all the conservatives have on us?

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