Show Me A Young Conservative And He Will Have No Heart; Show Me An Old Liberal And He Will Have No Brain

April 12th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

That’s what they say and as much as I hate to admit to the truth of this old adage, the older I get, the more this truism resonates. I wrote a blog not too long ago about liberalswhat a drag it is getting old and certainly one of the misfortunes of my/our generation aging is that we really did not yet achieve our true goal of a true liberal United states come to fruition. Not Yet, anyway !!!

Lyndon B. Johnson (as flawed of a president as he was) stated that the highest duty of government was to ensure equality and help people caught in “the tentacles of circumstance.” That’s in a nutshell what a liberal is – an individual who is compassionate and caring. There will always be people that for whatever reason need help and support and we as an evolved nation have an obligation to help those who can’t help themselves.

On the flip side, there comes a time when we have to pass the baton to the next generation. As we grow older, and the more we become aware of our mortality and our limited time on this earth, our personal survival and the survival of our loved ones seems more important than some abstract concept such as equality, fairness and the ultimate – “To understand all, is to forgive all.”

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I think it’s all very simple: If you’re old and comfortable, you want things to stay the same and are prodigiously fearful of any type of change. A vigorous young person has his or her whole life to make a stance and perhaps change the world !!!

I hope I will always be open – minded and accept the fact that change is inevitable. I do however understand and have no problem whatsoever about people being utterly terrified by the inexorable march of time and change from the status quo. However, if the truth is the truth, ACCEPT and embrace reality. Peace, Love, and understanding to all !!! To understand the man who robbed my wife is no easy task.



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4 Responses to “Show Me A Young Conservative And He Will Have No Heart; Show Me An Old Liberal And He Will Have No Brain”

  1. magdalena Says:

    “Robbed my wife” ? Is there something I don’t know about??? LOL. Think you could have used s better analogy…..Anyway, maybe the guy in the picture got the shirt from someone when he was down and out and had nothing else to wear…..Or maybe his Arab friend gave it to him as a joke……Then again, he may just be the old brainless liberal you mentioned who’s really a conservative at heart.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Magdalena – just a play on the adage “A liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.”

    This country has made a lot of progress over the the past couple of decades e.g. gay marriage, a lot more women in high – level positions, legalization of marijuana in some states just to mention a few changes. However we’ve regressed in some some respects i.e. the gun epidemic is completely off – the – charts nuts.

  3. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Michael, Each generation has the opportunity to change the world to their beliefs, the fact that it doesn’t often happen is revealing in itself. As we live our lives, change is constant, most hardly notice, when they do its been excepted and we move on. As an old liberal I still think I have a brain and do use it. I would ask you when you are in your seventies to come and see me and let me know if you agree. The fact that I haven’t changed the world and made a tremendous impact is of little importance, I came in with little expectation and have not been disappointed. Oh, and yes I am old and comfortable, but why would I not welcome change? your generation is the one that will live with it.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Le Duke – I agree with everything you’ve said and indeed I too am a liberal but I’m only 50; I certainly hope I don’t become stodgy & conservative when I’m in my seventies (so I definitely will take you up on your invitation to visit you in 25 yrs. & see where my head is at – lol). And, btw, I don’t care for the adage (the latter part re: liberals w/no brain) but I heard it on a podcast and I thought I might write a little something about it because I do understand what it means as I stated in the blog. My mother and father were liberal when they were young and when they got older, forget about it … especially my father who thought the GOP could absolutely do no wrong; he absolutely loved the BUSH’S.

    Oh & yes you do indeed have a brain and it’s so prodigiously refreshing to read the remarks of an old liberal. Cheers !!!

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