Jul 2, 2007

What Kind of Liberal Are You?

Want to know what kind of liberal you are? Take this cheeky Liberal Identity Quiz and find out if you are a Peace Patroller, Eco-Avenger, Social Justice Crusader, Working Class Warrior, Reality-Based Intellectualist, or a New Left Hipster. "My Liberal Identity" is spot on in its description of me. I got it from this blog.

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My Liberal Identity:

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.


ArtfulSub said...

There are no liberals.

Peace Patrollers, who cackled with sadistic glee when Clinton fire-bombed Serbian civilians.

Eco-Avengers, who conveniently ignore the fact that the head of the Audobon Society said " the White River smells like Tyson's chickenshit and the Clinton's greed".

Social Justice Crusaders, who consider the rights actually described in the Constitution "archaic". Darned that pesky 2nd Amendment!! To Hell with that pesky right of free association!!

Working Class Warriors, described by alleged "liberal" Howard Dean as the "trailer-trash republican core-voters".

Reality-Based Intellectualists, who accept Al Gore as an expert on Climatology. Who keep chanting "Bush outlawed Stem Cell Research" even though every company and University in the Nation is free to do any sort of Stem Cell Research they rationally believe might produce results.

A forward-looking highly scientific paradigm that says 5 elderly men with no education in the hard sciences were the holy grail of thought about when life begins.

Yeah, and let's keep "religion" out of the public sphere. Let's keep it all based on intellect and reason and fact.

Unless two geezers in 1973 decided that "quickening" occurs late in the third tri-mester. "Quickening" being a modern rationalist liberal concept from the dark-ages.

Ms. Place said...

Ah, Art, the book is a satire, so I felt that its cheeky tone fit very well on my frothy blog. Having said that, I am the only liberal in a conservative family, so your descriptions look familiar to me.

Arguing over the dinner table, my family and I have discovered that we have more in common than not; that our disagreements hinge on only a few fundamental differences. I believe that the moderate middle section of America that my parents and I represent raised their voices high in the last election and told extremists on both sides to cool their jets, and vested interests to pack up their bags and go.

It is sad that in this land of great debate and so many freedoms, such bitter bipartisanship exists. I recall a more genteel time, before the kingmakers and image specialists took over the campaign process, when politicians actually respected each others' positions and could reach a compromise for the greater good.

Now its all about positioning, posturing, and raising funds for the next election.

And I fervently believe that the system is run by the Powers That Be, the shadow figures that voters rarely see; the people or entities with vested interests that have nothing to do with the voting process or Democracy. Both parties cater slavishly to them, because that's where the reelection money comes from. No wonder nothing gets done any more in Washington.

But I have faith in this great land of ours, and in our government's system of checks and balances.

The freedom to agree or disagree. That's what July 4th is all about.

ArtfulSub said...

Ms. Place,

Very well-stated, per always. I was trying to be cheeky, myself.

Here's a "liberal test" you can try on friends who consider themselves "liberals".

Ask them to critique a current US Senator who is a member of the Democrat Party.

They fail the test if their knee-jerk first-response contains the words "Bush" or "Republicans".

Big Fella said...

So here are my test results:

"You are a Working Class Warrior, also known as a blue-collar Democrat. You believe that the little guy is getting screwed by conservative greed-mongers and corporate criminals, and you’re not going to take it anymore."

So I guess it would be useless for me to apply to the country club...

CharmingdinnerGuest said...

From the description of Reality Based Intellectualist, only non-Jesus-based thought is respected.
On the face of it,that doesn't sound very liberal to me.

On the other hand, I find a lot to agree with in the rest of your response.

Ms. Place said...

charmingdinnerguest, I believe the quiz assigns the reality-based intellectualist category to anyone who fails to mark a single anti-religious category (which is rather interesting, is it not?)

potty mouth princess said...

Your Liberal Breed: Social Justice Crusader

...also known as a rights activist.

You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

Hey, it's better than taking the libertarian one to find out I'm a borderline librul, centrist and libertarian all in one fell swoop. I JUST CAN'T DECIDE. :-)

Art, I like the word "troglodyte," and given last week's group of Supreme Court rulings, it appears we have at least four with a Kennedy swing vote. In fact, he, supposedly, is the judge I most agree with, though the last time I did that survey he was still voting with the "liberals" on the court before Alito and Roberts got on board.

And yeah, if you want a gun, I could care less. The legal ones (unless you're Cheney or Bobby Knight) rarely hurt, maim or kill.

ArtfulSub said...

Hiya PM Princess,

A "troglodyte" was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law?

This can only be attributed to affirmative-action quotas and forced busing to achieve the proper Troglodyte-to-Human ratio.

At least that's how I got into College.

BigAssBelle said...

oh ms. place, i may be committing a faux pas, as i left a comment and ( hope not ) perhaps lapsed into my native tongue of profanity?

my apologies if that is the case. i love your test and noted that the level of comfort food in my tummy made the difference between my being a hippie fight the power kind of liberal and a hipster kind of liberal. doesn't matter, the L word is the key.

reading "assault on reason" ~ so disturbing.