Where did Liberals come from

John Locke, Rousseau and Voltaire

California is one of the most Liberal states in the union, and I was wondering where Liberalism came from. There are many sites on the internet so I chose this one to post.The above people above were instrumental in forming the party. Though there are others that helped it along. This is a small insert from http://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/1365/how-did-the-term-liberal-become-progressive.

American liberalism, the dominant Ideology of the Democratic Party, was formed from two strands:

Classical liberalism, the philosophy formed in the Enlightenment by thinkers like John Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau, and providing the driving force for both the American Revolution and the French Revolution, which states that the autonomy of the individual should be maximized, and the individual should be freed from whatever institutions are preventing them from reaching their potential, be it the Church or the State.
Progressivism, a populist reform movement in the early twentieth century, espoused by Presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and grounded in Protestant moralism, which sought to make government both more responsive to the plight of the people, for instance using Constitutional amendments to deal with social problems like alcoholism and using government force to quash monopolies, and at the same time more representative of the will of the electorate, for instance instituting more democracy like the direct election of Senators and ending the corruption of Machine politics in the cities.
These two strands were merged into the ideology we call American liberalism by John Dewey and his followers, who argued that we needed a broader conception of liberty than the one maintained by laissez-faire negative-rights libertarians. The key idea can be summed up in a quote from Anatole France: “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.” Basically, the idea is that the freedom to starve because you have no food is not a meaningful freedom at all, because it does not maximize your autonomy or allow your to realize your potential, which were important goals in classical liberalism.

Thus Dewey argued that we should recognize positive liberty as well as negative liberty, meaning that e.g. just as we ought to recognize a right to live without someone killing you, we similarly ought to recognize a right to live without dying due to lack of food. Thus American liberalism advocates that the government should play some role in the economy in order to give people autonomy and enable them to pursue their own happiness, along the lines of the “responsiveness” part of the Progressive philosophy. Thus Americans liberals still try to achieve the goals of classical liberalism, but they sometimes do it through Progressive means. (This is akin to how, as I discuss here, American conservatism tries to achieve the goals of traditionalism, but often through libertarian means.)

There’s one other way that American liberalism differs from classical liberalism: classical liberals took a deontological perspective on liberty, viewing personal autonomy and the pursuit of happiness as things that are inherently worthy of being promoted, regardless of what they lead to. American liberalism, on the other hand, because it emerged partly from Progressivism, tends to take a more utilitarian perspective on such things, viewing autonomy merely as a means to an end, the end being increasing the happiness of as many people as possible. The liberal understanding of utilitarianism is perhaps best understood through the work of John Rawls, who proposed a thought experiment along roughly these lines: suppose that you’re a soul waiting to be born, but you don’t know which body you’re going to be born into and what experiences that body is going to have. But before you’re born, you have the opportunity to design how society and government should be. How should you design it in order to maximize your chances of having a good life? Well, you don’t know what desires you’re going to have, but whatever they are, you’re probably going to want them fulfilled, so you would want a society that as much as possible allows people to pursue their own happiness. And you may end up being born in utter poverty that may prevent you from being happy, or you may start off being wealthy but then you may suffer calamities like disease and natural disasters, so assuming you’re risk averse (as humans tend to be in most circumstances), you’d want the government to have a safety net to shelter you from such risks. So that’s where the basic contours of the liberal position emerge.

Finally, let me mention something about foreign policy. The Progressive presidents advocated a very interventionist foreign policy, since they were motivated by the desire to help people as much as possible, even people abroad. Liberals still share some of this impulse, and are willing to support limited American military intervention in circumstances of extreme humanitarian crisis. But mostly their foreign policy views were taken from classical liberalism, so they they’re antiwar for the most part.

In any case, when contemporary liberals call themselves progressive, they’re hearkening back to their intellectual predecessors.

(I discuss the underpinnings of American conservatism here if you’re interested.)

EDIT: Yuval Levin has just written a book which argues that the positive rights vision of liberalism originated not with Dewey in the early twentieth century as I suggested, but rather in the late 1700’s with Thomas Paine, one of America’s founding fathers. Levin argues that the modern American left-right divide originated in the debate in America and England over the French Revolution. Paine was an enthusiastic supporter of the French Revolution, because he thought that government is an institution deliberately created by people to sageguard their individual liberty, and so it could be overthrown whenever the people thought it wasn’t doing a good job. On the other hand, Edmund Burke, a predecessor to modern conservatism, saw government as an institution that grew organically as a tradition, and that we should be suspicious of making changes to it just because individuals in the current generation happen to object to it. In any case, Paine’s philosophy of individualism led him to believe that an individual can only realize his full potential if he’s not constrained by material want, so he believed in the government providing basic necessities to everyone. Thus, Levin argues, the early twentieth century Progressive movement was merely reinventing the wheel.

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Throw the Stone

John 8:7King James Version (KJV)
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
My family and I have always been Democrats, Until the Party forgot why they were in office and started working for themselves instead of the people. I then switched to The Republican party. And to my dismay I found they were no different.
I have always said we need a Truck driver or laboror to rum for President. But instead we got Donald Trump.
He is a Billionair and isn’t living day by day as we are and in someways dissconected from us which turns a lot of perople away from .
Then I started to listen to him and behind all those comments that his opposition jumps on. I found a person that really wants to make our country great again, Believe me, it needs some changes because we are heading the the wrong way.
Think about it. The lord says if you are without sin throw the first stone. Well you tell me any person male or female that hasn’t looked at another person and hasn’t had a lewd thought at some time in their lives probably a lot of times.
Right now I am ashamed of McCain, Ryan, Rubio and the others who turn their backs on Trump. If they say they are Sin Free, they are liars, Plain and Simple. Maybe we should look at the real reason they are against him, Is it because they cannot control him?
John 8:7King James Version (KJV)
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
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Who to Vote for

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Who should I Vote for?
Voting is getting closer, who do I vote for? My friends tell me who they think is the best candidate is, my Parents tell me what they think I should do. The media push a Candidate (They are bias) so what should I do?

The answer is actually pretty simple:
Keep a notebook or smart phone with you and ask everyone questions, ask about security, gun, control, economy, immigration and anything else you can think of. Then put a note down on your reaction to each question and see how you really feel about the answers you get. Then study each candidate and see how close they come to how you really feel about things.

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Then Vote!!

OPPOSE AB 450, AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, and AB 2607.

These are gun laws going before Governor Brown today. It makes me mad but there is nothing I can do to stop him from passing them. Liberals outnumber us and don’t care if we call, write or email them they will not listen, they laugh at us and do whatever they want anyway. I applaud the NRA  and other gun rights groups for fighting the above, but we are out numbered.

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How to Deal With Psychic Vampires

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I have been feeling great lately and have been in a good mood. The other day my Wife and I went to a pizza feed at the senior apartments we live at. The food was great and we did not stay too long. When we got home I was in a bed mood for no reason and did not know why. My wife and I talked about it and realized we were among people who talked about thier health and complained almost all the time. They actually sucked out the energy in us and we were tired and grumpy. These people are called Pyschic Vampires who drain ;your energy.

Psychic vampires, also known as energy vampires, are emotionally immature individuals who drain the time and energy from those around them. They are usually highly self-interested and lack empathy. The relationships they form are largely self serving. You can deal with psychic vampires by identifying psychic vampires in your life, setting firm boundaries with these people, and working on your own sense of self esteem and self worth
1. Familiarize yourself with the various types of psychic vampires. Psychic vampires come in a variety of forms. Relationships that drain our energy can manifest in a variety of personality types. Recognize the various forms psychic vampires can take.

Narcissistic psychic vampires have grandiose senses of self importance and entitlement. They tend to lack empathy and become withholding or cold if you don’t do things their way. This is because they have little capacity for unconditional love.
Victim vampires tend to see the world through the lens of “poor me.” They believe the world is inherently against them and to blame for their unhappiness. They tend to drain energy by constantly complaining about problems but refusing to try any potential solutions you suggest.
Controlling energy vampires have a need to control and manipulate your actions. They often invalidate your emotions in order to dominate you or put you down.[1]
Constant talking psychic vampires take over conversations by constantly sharing their own feelings and experiences without giving you an opportunity to contribute. They might also invade physical boundaries, moving in so close you can feel their breath on you.[2]
Drama queen psychic vampires drain energy by exaggerating small instances. Being late for a meeting is the end of the world, and they convey small matters in a way that over-inflates their own importance, for better or worse.
2. Evaluate your relationships. Take a minute to assess your relationship with potential psychic vampires. Question whether or not you feel drained by these people and whether the relationship is mutually beneficial.

Are you the type of person who has a strong capacity for empathy? Oftentimes, psychic vampires take advantage of those with a high emotional capacity as they take longer to get fed up. Are you the type of person who’s accused of being too nice? Do you frequently find yourself in relationships that feel one-sided?[4]
If a relationship seems draining, question whether it’s mutually beneficial for both parties. Psychic vampires thrive on one-sided friendships and romances. Think of the last time you were in emotional distress. Was this person there for you? Did he or she strive to listen or make the situation about themselves?
3. Tune in to your own feelings. If you’ve encountered a psychic vampire, there are physical and emotional side effects. You might have a relationship with an energy vampire if you display any of the following symptoms:

Heavy eyelids and an increased need for sleep
Low mood
Desire to binge eat carbs and other comfort foods
Feelings of anxiety, depression, and negativity
You feel put down frequently
Shutting Out Psychic Vampires
1. Set firm boundaries. The first step to dealing with a psychic vampire is by setting firm boundaries. If psychic vampires realize you have limits, they’ll back off from you and search for other victims.

Be very clear about what you can and cannot do for this person. Explain, in no uncertain terms, what amount of your time, space, and energy is reasonable and what is not. Try saying something like, “I am perfectly happy to talk with you about your problems, but when you refuse to listen to any possible solutions or let me help you feel better I need to step away.”[7]
Try to set boundaries on your own end, especially if you’re dealing with a narcissistic psychic vampire. Try to remind yourself you should not fall in love or form a strong friendship with a person of this emotional capacity. It is not possible for them to love you back.[8]
Body language helps as well. If a psychic vampire tries to break boundaries, cross your arms and break eye contact. This sends a signal – “Back off, I can’t deal with this today.
2. Step back if you feel controlled. Psychic vampires thrive on controlling others. If you feel like your time and space is being controlled by another person, take a step back from the relationship.

If a psychic vampire is trying to control you or offering unsolicited advice, cut them off with a firm declaration that you do not need their advice. Try something like, “I appreciate you offering advice, but I need to work through this on my own.”[10]
People often internalize criticism from psychic vampires. You end up with an inner critic, just as harsh as the psychic vampire. Work to shut down the voice inside yourself that tells you you’re incapable of making your own decisions. If you find yourself putting yourself down, pause and think, “That’s negative and unnecessary.
3. Stay way from psychic vampires. After a certain point, you might have to break off the relationship or at least lessen the bond. If a psychic vampire continues to violate boundaries and demand too much of your time and emotional energy, you need to work on keeping your distance. Don’t return texts or phone calls and limit the time you spend with this person
4. .Practice deep breathing. It can be stressful and exhausting to deal with a psychic vampire. Deep breathing can help you relax, restoring some sense of calm, and can also be an invigorating activity.

Throughout the day, place your hand on your lower stomach and breathe in. Inhale in such a way that your hand on your stomach rises as your diaphragm expands. Hold for three counts, and then exhale.[13]
Deep breathing can be a meditative practice. It slows down your thoughts and provides your brain with needed oxygen. This can boost your energy if it’s been diminished by a psychic vampire
Working on Yourself
1. See a therapist. Many people who end up in relationships with psychic vampires have underlying issues with self esteem. Seeing a qualified therapist can help if you have problems with your emotions, feelings, and interactions with other people. You can find a therapist by asking your doctor for a referral, seeing what is covered by your insurance provider, or seeking free counseling from your college or university if you are a student

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2. Get to know yourself. Oftentimes, we make ourselves susceptible to psychic vampires because we do not know ourselves. Spending time getting to know your own needs and wants can help you keep psychic vampires away.

Journaling can help you become acquainted with yourself. Write down your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis. Choose a time, like in the morning or shortly before bed, to record your emotions.
Spend time alone. Work on making a conscious effort to spend time alone. You’ll be forced to consider yourself and your emotions if you choose to spend a few nights a week by yourself.
Consider whether you’re a people pleaser. If you’re unwilling to say “no” and afraid of letting someone down, this is bait for psychic vampires. Try to move away from people pleasing tendencies to lessen the hold psychic vampires have on you.
3. Engage in energy building activities. Being high energy and confident can put off energy vampires. Work on engaging in activities that will boost your energy and self esteem. You can try some of the following:

Regular exercise
Team sports
Yoga
Pilates
Karate or other self defense courses
Swimming
Kayaking
Outdoor sports
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Thinking

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What would be a good subject for my blog today, while setting here trying to decide my mind wanders all over the place and cannot seem to settle onto a single subject, so what do I do?
So I decided to go over some of the things on my mind today.
1. My wife and I need to lose some weight but not sure whether we would like to go no carbs, low fat or calorie counting. We have tried most of them to no avail. So what do we do?
2. I have a GreatCall phone and my wife has an older iPhone. I have ordered a senior phone from Freedompop, so I am not sure whether to get rid of the GreatCall phone or the iPhone. Either way I will save money.
3. Everyone has a bucket list, well one of mine it to go to Bishop Ca where I was born and haven’t been to in years. I would like to reaquaint myself with the wonders of Bishop. Mt Tom is magnificient and the mountain lakes are beautiful. Makes me homesick thinking about it.

4. I am an avid 2nd amendment supporter, I read the latest articles on Facebook, emails and gun sites. California is one of the most anti-gun states in the union with state politicians sending one bill after another to the governor to sign, which he probably will. These are the things gun owners have to battle everyday om California.
Well these are some of the things I have been thinking about

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California Gun Control Pundit

Gun control? Did we elect the politicians just to see how they can change the 2nd amendment in California. I don’t think so. But month after month that is what seems to be their ultimate agenda, then what?  Power., yep that is what they want, Power over us. Do you really think they even care about our safety? So why should we care about theirs? Yep, Fight Back. How? overload them with calls and mail, start impeaching them. Or at least Recall them.

Here is a list of their latest Power grabs.

Isadore Hall, IIISB 880 (Hall) – SB 880 will serve as a reclassification of various weapons such as semiautomatic center-fire rifles or semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine to “assault weapons”, meaning that these weapons would now be illegal.

Keven de LeonSB 1235 (De Leon) – SB 1235 will require the California Department of Justice to keep a data-base on all ammunition transactions and require purchasers of ammo to undergo screening with each ammunition purchase.

Hannah-Beth acksonSB 894 (Jackson) – SB 894 will make it a crime if an individual gun owner does not report their gun stolen within 5 days of realizing that their weapon has gone missing. This legislation will also make it a crime to fail to report a recovered gun within 48 hours.

Lois WolkSB 1006 (Wolk) – SB 1006 would direct the University of California to use taxpayer funds for gun control research.

Keven de LeonSB 1407 (De Leon) – SB 1407 would require as of, July 1, 2018, that all newly manufactured weapons must have a serial number or unique identifier or the manufacturer or assembler will face consequences. This bill would also require as of, January 1, 2019, that all gun owners who own a weapon with out a unique identifier must apply to the California Department of Justice for a identifier for weapons dating back to 1899.

Loni HancockSB 1446 (Hancock) – SB 1446 would make it, as of, July 1, 2017, a crime to posses any high capacity magazine regardless of when the magazine was acquired. The first offense would be a fine not exceeding 100 dollars and with subsequent offenses, the punishment would rise.

Here is the guy who loves to sign them into law

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