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October 22, 2008

Re "A patriot, no doubt . . . OK, a bit of doubt," Oct. 19

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks of liberals with a mixture of fear and loathing. But consider what liberals have done for the country in the last 100 years:

Liberals have been responsible for gaining women equal rights; enacting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; passing occupational health and safety laws; desegregating schools; assuring equal employment opportunity; fighting the war on poverty; establishing the minimum wage; protecting the environment; advocating for the disabled; and maintaining religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "liberal" this way: "Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behaviors of others; broad-minded."

What's so bad about that?

Robert J. Inlow

Charlottesville, Va.

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