So, why am I doing this?

It was Friday, September 25, 2009. I was an anonymous participant in “The Peoples’ March” that took place that sunny day in Pittsburgh. It was an event in response to the visiting G20 Summit. The march started in the city’s Oakland neighborhood and headed down 5th Avenue towards the downtown area. It paused on Grant Street in front of the City County building where various people stepped to a podium to address the crowd. Blocked off from any vehicle traffic that day, I found an open space in the center of the street and sat down. I can’t remember what any particular speaker had to say, for the majority of my attention was focused on a police dog that was keeping a good eye on me. Mind you, I didn’t feel threatened. The pup was just following orders and doing its job.

However, one particular gentleman who stepped up to the microphone did cause my ears to perk up a bit – not only for what he said, but also how he said it. He was a self-proclaimed socialist, clad in what I assume is standard-issued khaki pants and button-down shirt. He was going on and on about what needed to be done. Again, I don’t really remember the bulk of what he said, but he punctuated his call to action by growling out “And we’re going to make the rich pay for it!

“Really?” I thought. “This is how you’re going to try to win people over?”

The march would eventually continue through downtown and head towards Pittsburgh’s North Side. As it did, something struck me. There was a major disconnect taking place, specifically, between the ordinary people in the march and those who had become the faces and voices of various liberal movements.

The vast majority of people I observed in the crowd and with whom I spoke were quite pleasant, and even displayed a great sense of humor. However, those who had bullhorns and turns at the microphones came across as whiners and blowhards.

After a time, it would hit me: if those who hold dear liberal principles and policies – of which I am proudly one – want to win over hearts and minds, a dramatic shift in attitude has to take place. There needs to be a major dialing down of the anger, combativeness and pomposity associated with all things left (or leftist), coupled with a rise in civility, humor and mass appeal.

Can that change be successful? I don’t know, but at least this site will attempt to answer that question.

Perhaps the best outcome that can be expected is not that people will eventually agree with liberal/leftist policies and principles, but rather that they will simply be a bit more comfortable with some of the language that is used. That is, they won’t bark, shriek or cower at words like “socialism” or “collective”, to name just two.

So, to that end, once or twice a week, we’ll take a more gentle approach towards certain aspects of the liberal side of life in America, ease some of the fears of it, and look at it from different angles. And while we’re at it, we’ll mix in a healthy dose of pop culture – just for hell of it. (At least that’s the plan.)

Who’s up for it?

One comment

  1. overwhelmed by the good information. used to ride more in the center but i got kicked out of the boat. wanted to make a comment on obama’s overreach, disregard for the constitution and uncooperative style –
    (big number on the left is the “total” number of executive orders)
    President
    Term
    Total Orders1

    Average / Year Years in Office EO Number Range

    George Washington Total 8 1 7.85 unnumbered

    John Adams
    Total

    1 0.25 4.00 unnumbered

    Thomas Jefferson Total 4 1 8.00 unnumbered

    James Madison
    Total

    1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered

    James Monroe Total
    1
    0.13 8.00 unnumbered

    John Quincy Adams
    Total

    3 1 4.00 unnumbered

    Andrew Jackson Total
    12
    2 8.00 unnumbered

    Martin van Buren
    Total

    10 3 4.00 unnumbered

    William Henry Harrison Total
    0
    0 0.08 unnumbered

    John Tyler
    Total

    17 4 3.92 unnumbered

    James K. Polk Total
    18
    5 4.00 unnumbered

    Zachary Taylor Total 5 4 1.35 unnumbered

    Millard Fillmore Total 12 5 2.65 unnumbered

    Franklin Pierce
    Total

    35
    9 4.00 unnumbered

    James Buchanan Total 16 4 4.00 unnumbered

    Abraham Lincoln
    Total

    48 12 4.12 unnumbered

    Andrew Johnson Total
    79
    20 3.89 unnumbered

    Ulysses S. Grant
    Total

    217 27 8.00 unnumbered

    Rutherford B. Hayes Total
    92
    23 4.00 unnumbered

    James Garfield Total 6 11 0.55 unnumbered

    Chester Arthur Total 96 28 3.46 unnumbered

    Grover Cleveland – I
    Total

    113 28 4.00 unnumbered

    Benjamin Harrison Total
    143
    36 4.00 unnumbered

    Grover Cleveland – II
    Total

    140 35 4.00 unnumbered

    William McKinley Total
    185
    41 4.53 unnumbered

    Theodore Roosevelt
    Total

    1,081 145 7.47

    William Howard Taft Total
    724
    181 4.00

    Woodrow Wilson
    Total

    1,803 225 8.00

    Warren G. Harding Total
    522
    217 2.41

    Calvin Coolidge
    Total

    1,203 215 5.59

    Herbert Hoover Total 968 242 4.00 5075 – 6070

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Total

    3,721 307 12.12 6071 – 9537

    Harry S. Truman Total
    907
    117 7.78 9538 – 10431
    I 504 133 3.78 9538 – 10029
    II 403 101 4.00 10030 – 10431

    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Total

    484 61 8.00 10432 – 10913
    I 266 67 4.00 10432 – 10695-A
    II 218 55 4.00 10696 – 10913

    John F. Kennedy Total 214 75 2.84 10914 – 11127

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    Total

    325
    63 5.17 11128 – 11451

    Richard Nixon Total 346 62 5.55 11452 – 11797
    I 247 62 4.00 11452 – 11698
    II 99 64 1.55 11699 – 11797

    Gerald R. Ford
    Total

    169
    69 2.45 11798 – 11966

    Jimmy Carter Total 320 80 4.00 11967 – 12286

    Ronald Reagan
    Total

    381
    48 8.00 12287 – 12667
    I 213 53 4.00 12287 – 12499
    II 168 42 4.00 12500 – 12667

    George Bush Total 166 42 4.00 12668 – 12833

    William J. Clinton
    Total

    364 46 8.00 12834 – 13197
    I 200 50 4.00 12834 – 13033
    II 164 41 4.00 13034 – 13197

    George W. Bush Total
    291
    36 8.00 13198 – 13488
    I 173 43 4.00 13198 – 13370
    II 118 30 4.00 13371 – 13488

    Barack Obama
    Total

    228 33 7.00 13489 – 13716
    I 147 37 4.00 13489 – 13635
    II 81 27 3.00 13636 – 13716

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