View Poll Results: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

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  • I am a liberal and I do

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    19 24.68%
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Thread: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    I use it negatively far more than I would with conservatives, though I also find particular brands of conservatives to sneer at.
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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    I don't always see it being used as an insult, but there are those who will label something as liberal as if that alone was a reason to stop considering an idea. This sort of thing is moronic and closed minded.

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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kev316 View Post
    Liberals. It means liberal. We do the same thing with conservatard. Lol. Always makes me laugh because the words sound funny.
    I have no respect for anybody who uses either of those terms.
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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    I thought the new term was progressive. Does the press even use the outdated term liberal anymore?

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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    I'm sure I have, but usually preface it with 'mindless' or 'moronic' to specify the mindless moronic partisan liberal hacks and usually after one of them has made a mindless moronic characterization of conservatives. I think calling someone a 'democrat' (or republican for that matter) is a far greater insult.

    I have liberal tendencies. I am probably more of a bleeding heart when it comes to the treatment of say, prisoners, than most liberals. I think there are better means of providing care for people and that most of what we as a society do with the poor hurts rather than helps. I give freely of not just my income but a substantial amount of my time. But because I dont believe the fed has a role in providing those services (and especially that the fed has demonstrated their fiscal incompetence) then I dont qualify even a little bit as a liberal. But I UNDERSTAND 'liberals'. I work with a significant number of them. I dont think 'liberals' are a bad thing. I DO think mindless partisan hacks of both sides are.

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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Taken from the other thread and from Winston's comment. So, tell us, when you use the term "liberal" do you use it to identify a political lean or ideology, or to be insulting?

    Oh, and here's a little additional piece. Anyone who chooses "No, I do not use it as an insult", will cause me to do a thorough search of their posts. I will then, for honesty's sake, post ANYTHING that seems to refute their claim that they do not use it to be insulting. Let's get a little honesty going here at DP.

    Go to it.
    I'm a libertarian and I do not use liberal as an insult. I rather like the term.

    But sometimes I do use it in an ideological sense (never insulting) to imply a general movement within our political system.

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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    Greatly depends what you mean by "insult".

    Do you mean insult as something along the lines of "jackass", "jerk" or "bafoon"? Then no. I'm not going to randomly call my friend who just stole a slice of my pizza "You damn liberal". I'm not going to get heated on the basektball court and heckle the other player going "you're nothing but a liberal".

    Do you mean insult in such a fashion that its used as a negative trait? IE, "I dislike Obama, he's too Liberal" or "We get along great even though he's a liberal". Then yeah, I've used it as that. Just like I've used "Dallas Fan" as an insult, or "evangelical, or something else as an insult. Not necessarily suggesting that the thing in question is somehow inherently bad or insulting, but that its something that is negative compared to my point of view so is something I view as such.

    I don't see anything wrong with the second one, its a typical and common thing amongst humans and far from something limited to conservatives.

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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    this indicates referring to someone as a conservative may be found insulting ... that it indicates they are fearful and lack courage:
    ... A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives' brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other "primitive" emotions. At the same time, conservatives' brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate -- the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.

    If the study is confirmed, it could give us the first medical explanation for why conservatives tend to be more receptive to threats of terrorism, for example, than liberals. And it may help to explain why conservatives like to plan based on the worst-case scenario, while liberals tend towards rosier outlooks. ...
    Study: Conservatives have larger ‘fear center’ in brain | Raw Story
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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    I do, I admit it.
    Side note, Charlie Rangle on Hard Ball right now taking about "tea baggers" what a ****ing liberal douch bag!
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    Re: Do You Use the Term "Liberal" as an Insult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Liberals are always butthurt about something. Now they are butthurt over liberals being used as insult. Stop being butthurt for a change.
    So you're butthurt over some other people being butthurt, but of course youre butthurt is justified.

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