HIP HIP HURRAH! I just launched a new Facebook page titled “Bleeding Heart Liberal Petitions.” Here is the description that I posted in the ABOUT section at the top of the BHLP page: Welcome to the Bleeding Heart Liberal Petitions Page on Facebook.
“This page is devoted to collecting the many petitions that I receive every day via email for issues that the other side often refers to as “bleeding heart liberal.” These petitions usually deal with man’s inhumanity towards man and the world in which we live, or the lack of concern for or awareness of the plight of the world in which we live and share the same land, air, water, and other resources.
Issues include but are not limited to environmental concerns, endangered species, exploited and downtrodden minorities, and in the case of the working class, exploited and downtrodden majorities. This page will seen to be extremely sympathetic to the countless petitions filed by individuals with individual issues and concerns.”
What is a Bleeding Heart Liberal?
Aside from intended sarcasm from a righty, the Urban Dictionary defines a bleeding heart liberal as “A person who is considered excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be underprivileged or exploited.”
Wikipedia’s definition is even more condescending (the definition, not the Wiki editors): “A bleeding heart is an informal label applied to someone regarded as excessively sympathetic, of having sympathy without warrant.”
Please reread those: if you believe that it is possible to be “excessively sympathetic” to “underprivileged or exploited” people, animals, the environment, etc., then this is probably NOT the page you want to be on here at Facebook.
Whose side are we on anyway?
As one side of the political chasm in the US (represented by one of two major parties that dominate national politics) usually deem these issues insignificant, there will be few if any petitions espousing any of their causes on this page.
As the other side often either actively supports many of these causes or at least appears to support them through reputation, past performances, or mere lip service, this page will appear to be a mouthpiece for that party.
It is not.
If the US ever moves to a more representational democracy with “third parties” electable to national positions—thereby actually giving voice to non-corporate concerns—then this would certainly be a page that supported a “progressive”/”green” party platform. (Do NOT hold your breath in anticipation of this change.)
Believe it or not, national surveys and polls covering “current events (mainly political and social issues) that present the questions or true-and-false statements in a clean, non-slanted manner generally find that as many (often most) of those who deem themselves “conservative” actually side with liberals on most issues!!!
The Tea Party is learning this right now in regards to the minimum wage issues—as most voters who associate themselves with the TP are working class, they and their families stand to benefit greatly by increased wages, yes?
Who can post what
Anyone and everyone is welcome to post a petition on Bleeding Heart Liberal Petitions! Anyone and everyone is welcome to post their opinions (as long as they are fact-based) about the issues onBleeding Heart Liberal Petitions. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to sign the petitions on Bleeding Heart Liberal Petitions and share them on your own Facebook page.
Finally, I really don’t know much about “networking” Facebook, so if you have any advice as to how to make this page more “visible” (you know, more visits, more “likes,” more everything positive) please do not hesitate to post your suggestions here on Bleeding Heart Liberal Petitions!
FEATURED IMAGE: The image at the top of this page is of Ebenezer Scrooge with Bob Cratchit as interpreted by artist Ronald Searle. The miserly, heartless, arch-capitalist Scrooge is, of course, the antithesis of a bleeding heart liberal—at least, until his visitations from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future and he has a change of heart. After which, “it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”
“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” – Gene Roddenberry