Arlyn

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ELECTION RANTS
MY MOTHER IS A LIBERAL

Liberal
when my mother
used the word
stood for getting people
out of bread lines
and into jobs
that would support
their families
Liberal was an education system
that presented
each child
with the opportunity
to succeed

Back in the days
when Liberal
wasn’t a dirty word
Liberal meant
championing individual rights
and freedoms
social reforms for modern times
programs to support the needy
to increase the middle class
collective bargaining
for the rights
of those who actually
do the work

My mother proudly
declares herself a Liberal still
though the younger generation
prefers
to be designated
Progressives
It’s time we repossessed
that word
that wing-nuts sputter
in contempt
now that Conservative
is synonymous
with incompetence and greed

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