A Liberal Democrat Listening to Trump’s State of the Union

I was listening to the State of the Union yesterday. I didn’t agree with a lot of what Trump said, but I thought he was decent in his delivery of his speech. One thing struck me that I have a feeling is going to cause a lot of future arguments with conservatives: Trump’s implicit smear that somehow all Democrats are socialists.

I’m a liberal Democrat. I can tell you that there is a big difference between liberal Democrats and socialists. Liberals want to reform the capitalist system. Socialists want to replace capitalism. Liberal Democrat Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal saved capitalism during the 1930s. Most liberals ascribe to the philosophy of the New Deal: that the federal government has a responsibility to help its most vulnerable citizens from the worst effects of the free market system.

I have quite a few socialist friends. Just as I have conservative Republican friends. I think one of the great strengths of this nation is the debate of ideas of the Left and Right, between liberals and conservatives, between socialists and libertarians. So long as the Left and Right are sane, I think the debate in ideas are beneficial to our democracy.

Many in the Right criticize Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez for being Democratic Socialists. But I actually admire them. I’m not as far to the Left as they are. But they are trying to enact change through the electoral process and not through violent revolution. They are going through the democratic process to try to persuade the public of the rightness of their ideas.

A video explaining Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. The New Deal’s first objective was to alleviate the suffering of the nation’s huge number of unemployed workers. Such agencies as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were established to dispense emergency and short-term governmental aid and to provide temporary jobs, employment on construction projects, and youth work in the national forests. Before 1935 the New Deal focused on revitalizing the country’s stricken business and agricultural communities. To revive industrial activity, the National Recovery Administration (NRA) was granted authority to help shape industrial codes governing trade practices, wages, hours, child labour, and collective bargaining. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) granted government insurance for bank deposits in member banks of the Federal Reserve System, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was formed to protect the investing public from fraudulent stock-market practices. The farm program was centered in the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), which attempted to raise prices by controlling the production of staple crops through cash subsidies to farmers. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) supplied cheap electricity, prevent floods, improve navigation, and produce nitrates. The Wagner Act of 1935 strengthened the organizing power of labour unions, establishing the National Labor Relations Board. Legislation was passed to refinance shaky mortgages and guarantee bank loans for both modernization and mortgage payments. Social Security measures provided old-age and widows’ benefits, unemployment compensation, and disability insurance.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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