Here’s an easy mid-week question for you: What is a liberal?
A liberal is generally a person who says one thing and does another, or says one thing and then pretends she never meant to say it as soon as she has to defend her position.
Right now, President Obama is getting some serious flak for telling Europe to sort out its financial mess. Understandably, Germany – which, as the European Union’s strongest economy, is taking much of the weight for the IMF’s band-aid bailouts – doesn’t appreciate his remarks very much.
Germany’s Spiegel Online International had this to report on the situation:
“German observers have reacted angrily to the comments, saying that the US is in no position to criticize other countries, given its own $14-trillion pile of national debt and ongoing wrangling over the country’s debt ceiling. Others claim that Obama is just trying to distract attention from the US’s problems…”
Interestingly enough, amidst the largely Obama-bashing article, the publication pauses for a paragraph to admit: “When a US default was looming back in July… European commentators were quick to weigh in and give Obama and the US unsolicited advice.”
That’s because Europe is filled with liberals too.
You know who else are liberals? Really, really, really rich Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore, who both stopped by to support the Wall Street protestors this week, even though they have as much if not more money than the businessmen they’re so quick to revile.
And then there’s North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue – yes, a Democrat – who thinks “we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. You want people who don’t worry about the next election,” she said.
Local GOP Spokesman Rob Lockwood immediately responded with: “Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. Does the governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?”
And North Carolina House hopeful Paul Coble pointed out: “That’s a proposal that only the politicians that have worsened our economic mess could appreciate.”
So Perdue’s office responded with a typical liberal line that she didn’t really mean it.