I hate to burst anyone’s bubble (well, that may not be necessarily true), but I’ve decided I can no longer keep my secret – a secret that may well cost me business, friends, associates, and any standing I have in this small hamlet in the midst of the large prairie. I am here to proclaim that I am, in fact, a liberal.

Before the tar is heated and the chickens plucked, I hasten to define what I mean by that egregious label. As the editor was generous in pointing out in his column, “liberal” comes from the same Latin base as “liberty.” I would however, go a step further and assert that the liberal represents liberty in terms of both individual and societal contexts. In fact according to Webster’s Dictionary, liberal means “broad minded, tolerant , not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy or traditional forms.”

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