Welcome to the Cynical Liberal, a safe community for those who identify as cynics and/or Liberals/progressives.
The dictionary defines these words as such:
Cynic (n): a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons
Liberal (adj.): 1. open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values; 2. favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
Being a cynical liberal often (but does not necessarily) means that you believe in:
Freedom of Speech
Separation of Church and State
Governments helping those who are less able to help themselves
Freedom of Choice
Rights for minorities, including ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation/identification, gender, race, color, handicap, age, and nationality.
These are not beliefs for which one should ever be ashamed. Despite the onslaught of Conservatism that is being forced upon the country, being liberal or progressive is neither wrong nor out of the mainstream.
Rules for the Community
~ No trolling. ~ Post all pictures or really long entries behind an LJ-cut. Use your judgment. If you think it might be too long, it probably is. ~ Free speech is a blessing bestowed upon us by the Founders of our country. Free speech will not be stipened here. That being said, please play nice. Intentional, gratuitous snarkyness will be judged to be trolling, and appropriate action will be taken against the offender. ~ No blocking of comments or deleting comments. Any posts that decline comments will be deleted immediately. If you delete other people's comments, you will lose the opportunity to post. ~ Implimentation of these rules is wholly at the discretion of the moderators. Their decisions are subject to public scrutiny, but do so in person. If you want to complain about how the moderators are moderating, address your concerns with them directly. We don't bite! But don't clog up the community with complaints about us.