This is Worth Reading


“Ron Howard
January 24 at 5:41 AM
“I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:
1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. PERIOD.
2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all." This is not the case. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.
3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.
4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.
5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.
6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.
7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine.
8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.
9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN'T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they're supposed to be abusing, and if they're "stealing" your job it's because your employer is hiring illegally). I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).
10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.
11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.
12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized.
13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common sense gun regulations. Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine.
14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?
15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.
16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?
I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.”

Comments

Isn't this too long and well-written for any Trump supporter to read?
Kris said…
I would love to actually READ such a statement BY a TRUMPIST. You'll never see one though. To actually put down in cogent writing what THEY support, what they see what they are entitled to and what they see as America's future .... would be the very thing they KNOW should never see the light of day.
Leanna said…
This is well said and it most likely rings true with every liberal out there. We will never see what a trump supporter thinks because they have no rational thoughts about what they want. The extreme Republicans have broken away and now they are forming their fascist government. We might be able to vote trump out of office but he will never leave. He is settling in deep and we won't be able to force him out without a civil war. Mark my words.
bornfreev said…
I agree with you Leanna. If we should be so fortunate in November to vote Trump out - he won't go down without a fight and he will be around long after he is unseated. Since he has been in office he has seated 193 Federal Judges. Not to mention the 2 SCOTUS justices - they are both youngish and will likely be there long after I die. I pray that RBG can hang in there until we win back America!
According to Snopes, this essay was written by Lori Gallagher Witt. Still, it is a well-written and comprehensive expression.
Christer. said…
I can only agree wit the text!

Christer.
Lauren Baughn said…
I couldn't agree with you more. Extremely well said!!
VinegarMartini said…
Please run for President - this is the best written explanation of how I believe and vote I've ever read!!! :)
Anonymous said…
Great article and enjoyable read.

Sounds like a lot of Canadians too including myself. And no, Canadians are not Communists or Socialists.

No government is perfect, but they can all make better effort to take care of people and make sure that companies are being more fair to their employees, customers, etc. Companies and the rich are because they have taken too much and have not taken their fair share of financial responsibility.

Only thing I would recommend is to re-format the page so it's easier to read. Add spaces between each paragraph to break it up a bit visually.
nem1amie said…
Whoever wrote it should run for president.
RustyRunner said…
I went to high school before the sixties 'revolution'. We were taught that liberalism and conservatism were not laundry lists of issues.

Rather, to be liberal was to be in favor of change. While to be conservative was to be in favor of maintaining the status quo.

I've learned since then that the country does best when it has a healthy liberal vision that is tempered by conservative pragmatism.

Just Red said…
he capture my thoughts and beliefs in his post.
Bill G. Bass said…
This is well written and "FITS" the expectations of most moderates in both the Democratic and Republican parties. It is time for these groups to pull together and elect a president for all citizen regardless of party, race sex or religion.


Anonymous said…
This was NOT written by Ron Howard, but was written by author Lori Gallagher Witt.

Love the piece, but want to make certain people are attributing it to the correct person.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/
Allan said…
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! So very well said. The sad thing is, there are so many that have dug their heels in, they won’t “listen” to anyone or anything else. I agree with you that we all shouldn’t be all thrown together under the heading of “Liberals,” as we all don’t necessarily have the same exact views or beliefs either. We all need to start listening to each other and try to agree to disagree. The parallels you mention are very scary and can not be ignored as well! I am close to your age, so have seen the changes through the years. There have been both Democrat and Republican Presidents that I have had much respect for. I am a teacher, and a parent, and I have always told my own kids and my students, If you lose the trust and respect of someone, you will lose it all!” You don’t want to ever let that happen. Now it is happening and it is sad that we have to say, “I have no respect for this President.” Thank you again! I appreciate your openness and candor!

Kari
Jeff Dee said…
"Just because you don’t support Trump doesn’t mean you have to bash his supporters."

Says "Anonymous", a Trump supporter who's got the nerve to claim that "Trump has done a lot more good with our country in the 4 years than our last President did in his 8 years", but only as long as we don't know his (or her) identity.

Yes, "Anonymous", we DO think Trump supporters deserve bashing. And what's more, we're happy to do it under our own names.

Jeff Dee
Emily said…
Anonymous said: Trump has done a lot more good with our country in the 4 years than our last President did in his 8 years in office.
I say, Prove it. Tell us one thing the Chief Adulterer did to benefit average Americans. Tell us one edict he's issued that the courts have not overturned. One move that is not harmful to children, the ecology, or the rule of law. ONE.
GallagherWitt said…
As others have mentioned, Ron Howard didn't write this. I did.

Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/

Original Post: https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42/posts/10155931022478700

Lori G. W.
Unknown said…
Perfectly put. The only problem is that the people who need to hear it, won't read it or won't accept it. They have fear mongers talking in their ears. Thank you for this
X said…
It’s fascinating how many people have commented about Lori Gallagher Witt being the original author, implying something dishonest about it’s false attribution to Ron Howard but you can clearly see none of them bothered to read the comments of the other posters, and that’s astounding because you can see at least a couple of them would’ve or at least should’ve seen that very had already been by numerous other people
Joel Humohrey said…
I lost family members in Aushwitz. Let me assure people that there is no comparison to the Nazi regime and our government
Jim G. said…
Conservative or Liberal, these are the concerns and rational thoughts that everyone should be saying. Thank you for putting into words what many are too frustrated to say.
Ann_in_LasVegas said…
As another poster mentioned the Only thing I would recommend is to RE-FORMAT the page so it's easier to read. Add spaces between each paragraph to break it up a bit visually.

and since we know it was NOT Ron Howard maybe its time to update this? or, I guess celebrities are better clickbait?
Unknown said…
Thanks Ron, agree 100%
James said…
Ok does it really matter who is credited with writing it if it rings so true for so many people?

Besides, Lori Gallagher Witt concluded her posting with:
I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

So, I'm a liberal.

(I didn't write the above from scratch but edited and added to a similar post to reflect my personal beliefs. Please feel free to do the same with this post).

“Please feel free to do the same with this post”.
Unknown said…
Excellent - very eloquently stated - now only if those who need to read this do... You ROCK
Unknown said…
Thank you, well said.
Unknown said…
I consider myself a conservative but I do have to say I agree with some of your points. More importantly I respect the points I don't agree with you. It's just a different way of looking at the same problem. Hopefully people in power will feel the same and this country can move forward.
JIM said…
WELL SAID, RON. All 13 of your points are well thought out, and I agree wuith them all. -Jim
Anonymous said…
Bravo! Very well said Ron Howard!
Brenda Hiatt said…
One of the best explanations of what it means to be a liberal that I've seen. Thank you!
JIM said…
SORRY - there were 16, not 13 points.And yes, I have now learned thaT GallagherWitt, not Ron Howard wrote the material. NEVERTHELESS, IT IS A DELIGHT TO READ!
Eddie said…
Well said and reasonably so. Don't worry about those who support the current administration. 91 million voters didn't vote in 2016. We need them to participate. Find one, and convince them to vote. Millennials think Baby Boomers don't care, Boomers think it's Millinials, IMHO. Doesn't matter, it's not one group, just find a few and help them to vote, even if it's not like you want, just need more to participate. Thanks, T Gallagher Witt.
Scott Esterson said…
What a wonderful article. These reflect my values. I see Ron Howard did not write this but if it helps people to read this, I am all for it. I guess I am a Ron Howard liberal.
Also a liberal in a red state. said…
Good read, thank you.
Elaine said…
This was written by Lori Gallagher Witt.
Elaine said…
Anonymous, what constitutes “in your face”?
Unknown said…
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
So now we all know who wrote this beautiful essay, but how on earth did it get attributed to Ron Howard?
Unknown said…
ABOVE ALL THAT HE SAID...FIRST COMES LIFE. I notice he did not mention third trimester abortion or abortion even after the baby is born. NONE of what he said matters, unless the person gets to breathe first.
Brushm said…
This is great and reflects just how I feel.
Unknown said…
LOVE this article and agree 100%!!!

UNKNOWN: Please educate yourself about third trimester abortions. What exactly is "...abortion even after the baby is born" anyway? You're obviously a single issue voter, so why even bother with anything else that was so eloquently stated in this article?

Unknown said…
Cyndi said:

LOVE this article and agree 100%!!!!!

UNKNOWN: Please educate yourself about third trimester abortions. What exactly is "...abortion even after the baby is born" anyway? You're obviously a single issue voter, so why even bother with anything else that was so eloquently stated in this article?
sweetangel95 said…
Thank you for putting so eloquently the things that I and those closest to me believe
Teri R said…
Thank you very much for sharing this and stating it so well. Teri R.
PLEASE, PLEASE, run for President - today!! It's not to late and you have our votes.
Janey said…
Exactly! So perfectly stated! Thank you Mr. Howard!
How much of your fortune have you given to the poor?
Unknown said…
For Unknown, what you are saying is exactley what I see & hear about Trumpsters. They believe every lie that comes out of his mouth, which is everything. Anything that is published or reported ny the news media that Trumpsters don't agree with is automatically fake news. What a joke & a pack of kool aid drinking idiots.
Unknown said…
After reading Mr. Howard's comments, I just wish that all he said could be felt and believed by all. Would not matter if he/she is dem or rep, but America loving people. He hits the nail right on the head on every point and it warms the heart to see there are still people out there that believe in the right way to be. Again, I don't care if a person is dem or rep, but, I do care if a person wants to destroy our country. I am a proud American, a proud vet and I love our country. We all need to stand together, to stand for what is right, for justice and for OUR country to continue to grow. May God Bless America.
Unknown said…
I am a conservative and I read the entire piece to help gain an understanding of liberals’ point of view. Then I read the comments and was insulted. How are we suppose to come together for the good of the American people when people with opposing views are so clearly insulted?
Brushm said…
We all can have different opinions as to be expected. Insults are unwarranted. They must be ignored if we want to unite. It’s a jungle out there. Be strong. They go low, we go high. Try that.
Unknown said…
Ron, I have always liked your movies and now I like where your morals are even more.
Unknown said…
interesting and well written. It is how he stands and many of his points I agree with. the ACA is a piece of crap. the people with most need are who pay. on the surface, when started I was hopeful but the ACA has done more harm than good. The old system was more affordable and covered better but only people who had jobs that offered med ins could get it. No one has ever said it was great. People need to have a choice but they must accept the consequences they make, good or bad. That includes people who choose not to carry any med ins and develop CANCER before they qualify for medicare. A true pre-existing condition based on their choices throughout their life by choosing not to carry any plan even catastrophic. I can address each point but like any word used as a label it references/taints based on how the majority act.
GLuv said…
Thank you Lori! Benevolence is a rare commodity these days. People should take this for what it is! #Hummanity
Unknown said…
I agree with everything Ron stated in his writing and blog. He sounds more progressive at times. And all of his views and beliefs that he stated line up with the views, ideas and beliefs of Bernie Sanders, an progressive, socialist Democratic running for the high office of President of United States. I wounder if Ron is supporting Bernie and may want to take a look at doing so. I am somewhat liberal myself, but i would consider myself more progressive like Bernie Sanders and consider myself one who supports the democratic system of politics and freedom but oppose our current capital free economic system that supports the greedy wealthy and does not help much of the poor. I am in line with, agree with and support Ron's views on all those topics he mentioned.
Doug said…
Thanks Rob, I agree with Your train of thought and Want a better world for our Children & Grandchilren. Thanks for the article I Agree with most of Your opinion. I am a retired Mechanical Engineer who Suffered a Stroke and a Heart Attack in 2006. I live if my Pention pretty Comfortably. Am a Christian who Volunteers 30 Hurs a week @ my Church where I run a Food Bank for the hose that need it. I believe everyday is aGift and I have to put one foot in front of the other & Do for others because I have been Blessed with Life.
Thank You For Your Opinion. It is a good way to look @ our lives her in America.
Unknown said…
Thank you. This is exceptionally well written. I have been a Christian for 45 years, and I consider myself to be a moderate. I am in agreement with the views you stated, and it saddens me greatly to see the direction in which this country is headed. It also saddens me that so many support the current administration because the person who heads up our country claims to be a Christian. Our Bible tells us "by their fruits(meaning fruits of the Spirit)you will know them (Christians)," and "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22) Enough said!
Unknown said…
I agree with these ideals.No party or administration will ever be perfect. I resent labels that put me in a box. I'm offended when people on the far right think they are the only ones who care about our country. I'm a patriot! I proudly fly our flag! Our country can unite behind each of these beliefs. The current administration is focused on dividing us! Pay attention, America. The world is watching us, as we fray at the seams and resort to name calling and desert our values. I consider our country to be in trouble. Please Think about the world we want to live in. Not tomorrow or someday. How about today?

Betty said…
This is so well written! You have put my thoughts into words. I am so tired of being judged by others based on which candidate I choose to support!
j.qwest said…
Yes, Yes we do think alike! Thanx Man!
Unknown said…
Very well said, I have not read or heard anyone put it better.
Bob said…
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Bob said…
The actual author of the article asks that people stop attributing it to others, including Ron Howard. I wonder how and why that silliness got started? Anyhow, here's how to give her credit and share her original blog!

https://gallagherwitt.tumblr.com/post/169422719191/an-open-letter-to-friends-and-family-who-arewere
Brechlintom said…
Mr. Howard should remove himself and allow the true author the credit.
Racketeer said…
Hollywood speaks again!!
Bob Hartfield said…
Snopes. Apparently Ron Howard did not write this. Check Snopes.com.
Bob Hartfield said…
Snopes. Apparently Ron Howard did not write this. Check Snopes.com.
Bob Hartfield said…
Snopes. Apparently Ron Howard did not write this. Check Snopes.com.
Bob Hartfield said…
Snopes. Apparently Ron Howard did not write this. Check Snopes.com.
Bob Hartfield said…
Snopes. Apparently Ron Howard did not write this. Check Snopes.com.
Bb said…
I firmly believe these are the feelings of many “Republicans” too but they don’t have the guts to stand up against the establishment. Let’s through out the party system and govern with confidence based on humane and moral convictions. We all could be better served.
Unknown said…
Very well written piece not by Ron Howard. The first comments I read were insults. Way to bring people together. By the way, I voted AGAINST Hillary Clinton and not pleasingly ,for Trump. I would be happy to compare my compassion for my fellow man/ woman against most liberals.
Unknown said…
Thank you Ron Howard! Please consider supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination.
Unknown said…
Well written, thank you. This makes so much sense - so thoughtful and insightful.

Unknown said…
Opie, You're no Doppy! My opinions are 200percent in line with your own. And I've been called terrible things, like progressive,liberal, etc.
Unknown said…
I'm a Trumper I totally agree with a lot of this and most of us do I bet you can't believe
that but I live in the real world and see a lot of my neighbors on disability and working under the table or are college educated and figure out how to get disability when they could get an office job but we've made it easy for them to get disability,most these people smoke cigarettes,drink alcohol,smoke weed everyday everyone in the family have cell phones and not the cheap ones and you wonder why Trump got elected.Most of my friends are Trumpers because we go to work every day don't look for handouts our jobs offer insurance at an unaffordable rate so we get penalized for not having insurance we live within our means pay our taxes and we don't want handouts if we have a little bad luck and get unemployed we cut back on things we don't need I can go on an on. I want to let you I voted for Obama twice I was a democrat for 60 years I want to be an American not a globalist we have a great country I want people that come to this country to assimilate to our way of life and respect our flag I live the american dream I want my children to live it to and none are on welfare because they were raise to take care of them self don't get me wrong we have a lot of people that need help and I don't have a problem with that

bigbets said…
why all the negative remarks about the President and his supporters ("they have no rational thoughts"), insults towards the Republican party?...sort of negates what was written don't you think....
I would like it just ONCE where someone can write their thoughts/feelings and not have such nasty insults as a come back.
Unknown said…
With gratitude for expressing your thoughts in public even though there may be a backlash. It won't come from me. Thanks.
TampaT said…
Nice article that deals solely in Socialist Slavery caricatures. As for those who think that a "Trumpist" could not write such an article - YOUR snobbish, elitist hate is why he got elected the first time. Also, has Mr. Howard given away 80% of his income to turn things around in say...Mayberry?
TampaT said…
Nice article that deals solely in Socialist Slavery caricatures. As for those who think that a "Trumpist" could not write such an article - YOUR snobbish, elitist hate is why he got elected the first time. Also, has Mr. Howard given away 80% of his income to turn things around in say...Mayberry?
William said…
Turns out Ron Howard didn't write this. It was written by Lori Gallagher Witt. Give credit to the actual author.
txsandylee said…
I totally love his remarks. Remember he and his "family" have left the confines of living under rules that most of us would NOT live under. He has become the man his Mother would be proud of!
CaddoTrumpist said…
Poor Opie!!! You were doing allright and sounded like we may have found the last reasonable liberal and then came #11. So sad you succumbed to TDS and lost your mind. And #12 was outright self loathing racism. I hope you get well soon and join us on the Trump Train 2020 as we continue to give America back to the people and make ourselves great again!
GallagherWitt said…
James said…
"Besides, Lori Gallagher Witt concluded her posting with:
[...]
(I didn't write the above from scratch but edited and added to a similar post to reflect my personal beliefs. Please feel free to do the same with this post).

“Please feel free to do the same with this post”. "

Actually, I didn't conclude my post with anything of the sort. For one thing, I *did* write the original post. Someone else copied and pasted it and added that line. In fact my original version explicitly states that it's okay to share, but please don't remove my name:

https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42/posts/10155931022478700

Lori Gallagher Witt
GallagherWitt said…
X said:
"It’s fascinating how many people have commented about Lori Gallagher Witt being the original author, implying something dishonest about it’s false attribution to Ron Howard but you can clearly see none of them bothered to read the comments of the other posters, and that’s astounding because you can see at least a couple of them would’ve or at least should’ve seen that very had already been by numerous other people "

Or it could be that we all hope that if we keep commenting, the blog owner will finally correct the post. Since we have thus far been ignored, we'll keep at it.

I saw that several people had commented about it before I jumped in. I wasn't ignoring their comments. The blog owner, however, has not acknowledged them or made any change, so I commented... and still nothing.

Lori Gallagher Witt
Okiegem said…
For many years, I have admired your thoughtful, creative films. To me you are an icon in your chosen industry. Your words here are delicious icing on the proverbial cake!
Unknown said…
I believe this blog is the best read regarding liberalism I have ever read. Thank you, Ron Howard, for sharing this and I truly wish all Americans would read it and contemplate their beliefs all over again. Great job and so much in line with MY beliefs!
rij1127 said…
I’m with you on all but #11. To compare anything to rounding up millions of people and killing them in gas chambers is wrong, offensive, and belittles what happened in the Holocaust. If you really believe this to be true, then state specifically how this administration is fascist — don’t just throw out an empty charge.
Kris S said…
This is the exact representation of how I feel. And yes, feel is a personal term not intended to force my “feelings” on anyone else. You should be able to live in peace with your beliefs, guns, healthcare - and YES your taxes! I willingly pay my taxes knowing (hoping) that at least a portion of them go to someone less fortunate. I do not want to fight with you, lose friendships or be accused of untrue things just because we are different. BUT, I do not want to live in fear of the repercussions if I do not go along with the regime. I believe free will is a right we all have and should exercise - to our own peaceful living. Free will is not forcing my belief on YOU! And if I choose to express my free will, I should not be battered by others. That is the definition of fascism in my opinion. Thank you Ron Howard
Trump2020 said…
Trumpers are not stupid or heartless . Many of you are clueless as to what is going on in the Democrat party and are only interested in destroying our President. Why dont you take the time to actually read facts instead of listening to CNN and MSNBC.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TuckerCarlson/permalink/1158561094572915/
Unknown said…
I absolutely agree with everything that Ron Howard has said. If every world leader would embrace his philosophy, our world would be a much better place today and we could look optimistically toward the future.
Unknown said…
WOW, spot on. I very much agree to what Ron Howard said.
Tork said…
Believe it or not, most Trumpsters, like me share the same hopes for America that Lori's article states. The exceptions being obvious. Reading all the comments was most revealing. The liberal comments I found to be baseless and mostly hostile. Who really is working to improve America?
Dennis O'Dell said…
I support the content of this piece, but it is credited to the wrong person. It was authored by Lori Gallagher Witt. It is a real pity that nothing can be taken at face value any longer. Fact checking is now the de facto action.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/
Unknown said…
Thank you for explaining in an eloquent fashion. About #11....spot on! We are witnessing the fascist movement in its beginnings, from the suppressing of the free press to the parallels of Mussolini and the current administration. My hope and prayer is that America can overcome the life cycle of democracy that we appear to be on. The quote that refers to learning from the past so that you don't repeat it, rings true in what is going on today.
Unknown said…
I don't care who wrote it, I agree. It's very well written. Next time I am in a discussion about what a liberal is, I am going to read this to them at least as far as they are willing to listen.

Patti
Larry said…
This is very well written, but not by Ron Howard. It was written and posted by Lori Gallagher Witt on January 7, 2018. She doesn't mind it being reposted, but just wants credit for it.
Unknown said…
My thoughts EXACTLY. I would add to point number 5. Paying higher taxes. If we moved to a single payer healthcare system .. like the UK... ( I am a transplanted Brit.. now US Citizen)... Yes, for some our taxes would be higher ... but NOWHERE NEAR as high as the premiums, co-pays, deductibles... NOT TO MENTION. the peace of mind KNOWING you are covered regardless of your status, diagnosis or insurance company whim.
Unknown said…
Wow! Isn't it great to read a well written commentary. We all know that Trump wouldn't get past the first sentence.
I think this is one of the best definitions of a liberal I have read and I agree because I am a liberal not a socialist, sorry Bernie.
Unknown said…
This is well written and supports my view of conservatism. Way to go Ron Howard!
Laurence said…
RE #15
America and Americans have always prospered more under times of change, times of innovation, times of growth. During the industrial revolution new ways of making things brought out innovations and improvements. Same for the growth of the highway system under Eisenhower. Same for the space race.
We have a chance to improve our energy infrastructure with new and improved alternate energy sources. Solar power, wind power and others give us a chance to again be at the top. All are growth industries poised to introduce new jobs and new wealth for all. We should use this opportunity to truly make America great again.
Philip Helmers said…
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/?fbclid=IwAR2J1DJ2tuB7pmlsC6Azk4bfTo_-DxxWn5NKOY3-KZyw2ounD89lHFXJoNw
suzette said…
Well said on every topic. THANK YOU!!
Wilma Pinstein-Cohen

Thank you for sharing this and how true and to the point it is. We can only hope to get rid of Trump and get a real president in that will make our country great again!
Bishop said…
Not written by Ron Howard ... and these comments are embarrassing ... the exact reason I left the Democratic Party.
Unknown said…
Why is this person not running for election?
Jo said…
I dont believe Ron said he wrote this he said,"I'm a liberal" and we are all guilty of copying and pasting articles we agree with, he did nothing wrong just reposted something he felt strongly about....Lori Witt didnt write ot other it's a post she agreed with and added too....what does it matter who wrote it, it makes sense, things need to change...
KrisPK said…
Nice essay, but not written by Ron Howard. Please don't attach celebrities' names to other people's work just for click bait. It's unethical.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/
Lori Gallagher Witt isn't very happy that her words have been incorrectly attributed to Ron Howard. This is just another example of the disinformation that the anonymity of the internet allows.

Many of the views in the article are held by conservatives. However, the fascist remarks are untrue and divisive.

Intellectual honesty is dead in liberal echo chambers. It's sad, I used to depend on liberal thinkers to add constructively and creatively to resolution of issues.

Now, unfortunately, I can depend on Machiavellian practices only from the majority of liberal articles that I read and watch.

Get your act together liberals!! We independent thinkers need a good, honest debate from all liberals, conservatives and Independents.
Unknown said…
Loved this. BUT as a member of the oppressed female majority, I only wish he hadn't left us till last. Equal rights is the base of a decent society, more important than anything else.
michael said…
Ron Howard FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unknown said…
Beautifully said, thank you!
Unknown said…
I guess I qualify as a Trumpist. Yes, I was able to read and comprehend the entire article. There are many things stated it, that I completely agree with, but also things that are really stupid. Trump is a lot of things, some good and some bad, but isn't that the way of all politicians? Trump is not a Fascist any moe than Bernie is a Communist. I can't agree with the minimum wage thing because, in a short time, inflation will place the poor in exactly the same place as they were before or worse because jobs disappear never to return (robotics). While the article does not encourage big government, it offers no other solution. My question for liberals and fiscal conservatives is why don't we get together and amend the Constitution to place permanent term limits on all elected government officials? By the way, that should include the Supreme Court which is now a political body that we don't even get to vote for.
Unknown said…
You obviously are a Bernie Bro, and a socialist/communist/Bolshevik. We will defeat people like you and keep America a capitalist society, so go back to your hole and STFU.
Mike said…
Trolls have their say just like Brown-Shirt Nazis threatened and bludgeoned Jews and those deemed of a sub-species. Whether but Mr Howard or someone else it rings of truth. Find one diatribe by a follower of Trump that rings to anything but fear and sadness. I’m whites but I fear for our country as much as Germans feared for theirs. I’m just not willing to turn a blind eye to fascism when I see it. And I do!
Dan Duh Man said…
In one section, he states that he is for a nationwide healthcare system. He knows that this will increase taxes, but that's alright because he believes it morally right. In a later section, he rails on the government's attempts to create legislation based on morals that he doesn't agree with. While I couldn't agree more with the latter statement, the former statement makes everything hypocritical. If you have a problem with the government making you do things you don't believe in, you can't say that laws you do believe in are the exception to the rule. He is, basically, saying it's alright as long as I believe in it, but it doesn't matter how anyone else feels.
Dan Duh Man said…
In one section, he states that he is for a nationwide healthcare system. He knows that this will increase taxes, but that's alright because he believes it morally right. In a later section, he rails on the government's attempts to create legislation based on morals that he doesn't agree with. While I couldn't agree more with the latter statement, the former statement makes everything hypocritical. If you have a problem with the government making you do things you don't believe in, you can't say that laws you do believe in are the exception to the rule. He is, basically, saying it's alright as long as I believe in it, but it doesn't matter how anyone else feels.
Unknown said…
As Bernie has just won Nevada it seems people are finally realizing his campaign is for real. Even many Democrats are surprised and somewhat fearful. Of course the Republicans might be worrying a little bit more also. I'm not necessarily a Bernie fan, but how can anyone be surprised? When 1-5% own most of everything with so many people suffering we didn't realize that there could be a storming of the Bastille? Now everyone enjoy their cake.
Mel Parker said…
Well stated, Andy,Aunt Bea and all the folks in Mabery would be proud of you.
Mel Parker
GallagherWitt said…
Jo said "Lori Witt didnt write ot other it's a post she agreed with and added too....what does it matter who wrote it, it makes sense, things need to change... "

Actually that's incorrect. I specifically said I didn't mind people sharing it as long as they didn't remove my name.

I did write the post. And yes, it does matter to me when someone else is given credit for my words.

Lori Gallagher Witt
kim the hippie said…
My name is Kim and I'm 65 years old and I am an old hippie liberal and I wish people would read this and truly understand what being a "Liberal" means.
Ellen J. said…
Maybe it is just that we come from the same place, but how could anyone disagree with this?
GallagherWitt said…
"Ellen J. said...

Maybe it is just that we come from the same place, but how could anyone disagree with this?"

You'd be amazed. I've been getting hate mail about it for 2 years.

Lori Gallagher Witt
Unknown said…
Thank you for this concise presentation of liberal views. I would 100% agree with everything that you have written. As a liberal, I am also tired of people telling me what I believe. I don't burn flags, kill babies, steal guns or give handouts to drug addicts. It is responsible and moral to care for those in need and limit corporate and individual greed. We should expect foreign governments not to interfere with elections. We should take care of the only planet that we know of at this point that is fit for humans to live on.

P.S.

I am also from Paradise, CA and I would like to send out my sincere thanks to all that you have done for our community.
Unknown said…
Ron Howard for President, he has it right
Doug said…
https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42
Jane Nelson said…
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Bob said…
For the people, and by the people.

NOT

For the corporations, and by the corporations.
Unknown said…
I read the whole post....... its all basic common sense if you ask me!
Robert In Idaho said…
There was a woman, last year, named Krissy Noble. She was pregnant at home when a burglar broke in. She shot him and killed him with her husband's gun. Self defense, the police said. Problem was, she had a marijuana conviction and she faced charges for using her husband's gun for defending herself. Any gun control legislation tells every woman with a conviction, red flag law, whatever, that they must risk prison to defend themselves and their families. Not acceptable, but that is what the Democrat party wants. It sounds melodramatic, but it is true.

As far as illegal immigration goes, a local banker told me this story: He had a client, a woman who wanted to buy a house. Her credit was run and it had been discovered that her identity had been stolen by an illegal who was actually buying his OWN house. The banker told her the only way this could be resolved was to sell the other guy's house out from under him because, legally, it was her house. The illegal tried to fight it in court, but lost and was deported. A harsh story, but what choice do you have?
Unknown said…
Ron Howard is a gentleman. I completely agree with this. It is long, however needs to be read by everyone. It is not saying give anything away, just that we take care of the people who really need it and make sure every citizen has a real chance to the American Dream
Unknown said…
Thank you for expressing the thoughts and feelings of so many! You ROCK, RON HOWARD!!
Jlh9 said…
Yes, this article is amazing but it WAS NOT written by Ron Howard!

“Ron Howard did not make the remarks to which you refer, on Facebook,” Imagine Entertainment, the film and television production company founded by Howard and his co-creator Brian Grazer in 1986, told AFP.

The article was actually written by author Lori Gallagher Witt and was posted to her Facebook page in January 2018. As this article spread on social media, Witt’s name was eventually stripped from the text. When the article appeared on the website Medium in August 2019, for instance, it was preceded by an introduction explaining that a “friend” had posted the article from an anonymous author on Facebook.

Please check your sources before sharing things on Facebook. Ms. Gallagher Witt deserves to be cited as she is the actual author.
Cheryl said…
Please check your sources before sharing things on Facebook. Ms. Gallagher Witt deserves to be cited as she is the actual author.

WE do not need to be like them not voting their sources
Tracy said…
Please adjust the attribution, this was not written by Ron Howard, it was written by author Lori Gallagher Witt, January 2018.
Unknown said…
I, my entire family and all my friends I am sure agree with this because we're all decent, caring people with actual common sense. This is just a more detailed, longer version of the "golden rule". We're all GOOD people, and in these awful times you can call us "LIBERALS" if you want. I'll carry the name proudly.
Unknown said…
I am NOT UNKNOWN! AGAIN:
I, my entire family and all my friends I am sure agree with this because we're all decent, caring people with actual common sense. This is just a more detailed, longer version of the "golden rule". We're all GOOD people, and in these awful times you can call us "LIBERALS" if you want. I'll carry the name proudly.
Unknown said…
I voted for Trump, and I agree with almost all of this! This is what most of Americans want and would whole heartedly support. I couldn’t agree more with taking care of those weaker. I don’t agree with working hard to support my family and my community and those less fortunate and then paying more so that our government can take over AND dictate how I should live and take my right of being a Christian away. Our country was founded on Christian principles and I am a Christian and should not have to live like I am ashamed of that. And I agree that I don’t have the right to force my values on you, but that doesn’t mean we should take my heritage of my country down for the sake of offending those who don’t believe this. I voted for Trump simply because he wasn’t a politician. I do not think that being a career politician is correct either. Thank you so much for this it truly does speak to what both sides of the aisle would like to see.
Laura5758 said…
Very well said Ron Howard!!! I agree with you 110%.
Lady K said…
except HE didn't write it!! It was written 2 years ago :

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/?fbclid=IwAR3yUFtCcfNbowy7Dhj-omaijlyXzI19npiEGsxKoM9t7nc8xclxtHU2lWw

https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42/posts/10155931022478700

Unknown said…
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ron-howard-i-am-liberal-essay/
Julie said…
I agree with most of this. Some is a little simplistic. I wish all liberals thought this rationally but you can see from the comments that some just want to be on the righteous side not actually be righteous.
chamblee54 said…
https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/is-opie-a-liberal/
Unknown said…
And at the end of the day, you are just another man with an opinion who obviously thinks so highly of himself that his opinion makes a difference.
DNT said…
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Unknown said…
Four words: Ron Howard for President.
DNT said…
Blah, blah, blah. Another entitled Hollywood elite thinking anyone really cares what they think. Get in the real world with some skin in the game, then speak.
JUNE D HAGOOD said…
This was well written and thought provoking. I felt that many of my views were stated, yet I have not been able to clearly iterate my thoughts politically.
Thank you for your Analysis of Our Country’s impact on the economic, social and governmental levels, while scribing “Your Views concisely.
I admire your sincerity.
Unknown said…
OH MY GOODNESS I'M A LIBERAL....
jeanne Marklin said…
A liberal would hopefully be honest about the origin of this statement. Get it together blogger and change the post to note that it was written by Lori Gallagher Witt. Enough people have told you, including Ron Howard’s agent that he didn’t write it. You’re no better than a Russian bot if you don’t acknowledge the author.
Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

Pam said…
Me too,Ron Howard! We’ll said! Thanks!

symbio said…
In case it wasn't mentioned 23 times before (it was) Here is the lady who wrote this great article https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42
Unknown said…
I agree with what you said ---very good---I have read this before -- thanks for posting
RUMORKILLER said…
PLEASE REMOVE THIS POST OR CREDIT LORI GALLAGHER WITT WHO IS THE TRUE AUTHOR.
Unknown said…
I'll take a stab at giving my thoughts about a few of the issues raised:
1) A country should take care of its weakest members. Agree, with a caveat.I subscribe to the philosophy, don't just provide a fish for a day, but teach a man to fish so he can eat for a lifetime.
2) Healthcare is a right. Disagree. A person's health is their responsibility. Should a society be on the hook for taking care of a person who abuses their body, smokes, drinks, over eats, never exercises? For people who are born with an illness beyond their control, I do think society has a responsibility to help them within limits (affordable cost to society).
3) Education should be affordable? Agree. Sad that Obama and many liberals thought everyone should be able to pay for college and removed the requirement by banks to qualify for their loan. This one act has allowed colleges to charge any amount for college, knowing the banks would make the loans that have put thousands in debt, and caused education costs to skyrocket.
4) Don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't work. Agree. But you must not have listened to Liz Warren and Bernie, because they do want to do this. Wealthy should pay their fair share. Agree. However, is 90% fair?
5) Companies should pay a living wage. Agee.
6) Don't want to live by my religious rules. Agree. However, preserving life of unborn children is not a religious rule. It should be protection of life by a civil society. Just like many laws that are enacted to protect society and the most venerable, as you stated earlier.
7) Illegal immigrants are ineligible for all the programs outlined by conservatives. Disagree, just not so. Illegal immigrants cost society billions of dollars a year in the form of free education, healthcare, legal representation, criminal prosecution, ect. Not to mention lower wages for US citizens. To try and say otherwise is just not true. I agree that employers should pay hefty fines to stop illegal hiring. These people are being exploited and it should stop.
The US is one of the most generous nations in the world. We admit over 1 million legal immigrants a year. We spend trillions of dollars helping low income families and the helpless. The question becomes, where do we draw a line. In California, over 25% of the 11 million residence are on Medicaid, and over 33% of the population receives tax payer government assistance of some kind. Liberals seem to think the taxpayer is an unlimited resource. Taking money from hard working people to pay for able bodied people to sit at home. I have seen this first hand. I know I'm talking about.
Let's stop the division and work together where we agree to solve these serious issues! Trump will work with you.
Please do the right thing. As a blogger, you should be sensitive to Intellectual Property. I doubt you would want people to steal your content and misattribute your hard work. As a woman, you should want to support other powerful women and give them the credit they deserve. I'm quite sure that even Ron Howard, as a creative person, would want the original author of this work to have the credit she deserves. Do the right thing, either take down this post because it's wrongly attributed, and by keeping it up and allowing it to be shared as it is, you are contributing to the dissemination of misinformation, OR, put up the proper link to Lori Gallagher Witt's page from January of 2018. Be a good person. Do the right thing.
dleet said…
Vinegar Martin, another Canadian worth reading is Johnathon Raulston Saul http://www.johnralstonsaul.com/other-writings/
Kendra said…
It's interesting that there's rude/hateful comments from both liberals and conservatives with each side claiming it's the other. No way our country can overcome it's divisiveness this way. It's also easy to leave these hateful comments when you're logged in as unknown and don't sign your name to your hate.
Unknown said…
This is wonderful, educated, and well said. Thank you, thank you.
Unknown said…
As a true Independent I float around the middle, occasionally reaching out on either side of the issues. That is because I DO NOT need some political party doing my thinking for me. That said, I agree point by point in the statements made by the author of this piece with a few caveats here and there. I have a great fear that with the folks running on the Liberal side of things in this next election that our fascist in chief, yeah I know he is probably as fascist as Bernie is communist, just venting, will be around for another four years. That means the damage that has been done to our society may become non-repairable by the end of that time......
Andrea said…
Well written my friend.
Unknown said…
this was Written by Lori Gallagher Witt in 2018
Unknown said…
Sad to see that an eloquently written piece (NOT BY RON HOWARD) will cause people to immediately start bashing Trump. How stuck in your own head and beliefs does one have to be to take something written and immediately use it to bash people on the other side of the aisle. For all of you screaming about unity maybe you should think about how "unified" your own speech is. Calling someone ignorant and unable to write because they are Trump supporters is not very unified. If you rabidly support any politician you are part of the problem. For there to be a united world where people stop hating each other there has to be an openness to other ideas and opinions. The world is not right or left anymore, and I promise you, Trump, Warren, Cortez, Sanders...none of them go to sleep at night wondering if you have enough money to pay your rent. Stop blindly following people who could care less about your daily life no matter what side of the aisle they reside on.
ginnermacb said…
Well said Ron. I can tell you have thought this through and are speaking from your heart. What I want to say is you truly have an Opie Taylor heart. Is that ok?
From your life long fan Ginger
Trish Alizade said…
Well then, I must be a Liberal too!
Unknown said…
RETIRED PASTOR--- WELL WRITTEN -- Very articulate TRUMP bashing. Also admire the way you promote socialism and the lead edges of communism. You make it sound appealing and humane. That's the dangerous part. No wonder that America is a divided nation. You offer no middle ground to promote HEALING of our nation. In your view, all conservatives are fascists and liberals have all the answers. Look for solutions we can all embrace and we will begin HEALING.
Unknown said…
IT IS A LITTLE BIT TOO LONG FOR TRUMP SUPPORTERS .....
Matthew Randles said…
This is misattributed. It was originally written by Lori Gallagher Witt, stolen and had her name stripped from it.

Shameful
Unknown said…
I consider myself a conservative, but agree with most of Ron's points. Regarding point 11, however, I would be very interested to see specific examples of the aspects or actions of the Trump administration that make it fascist.
Unknown said…
I consider myself a conservative, but agree with most of Ron's points. Regarding point 11, however, I would be very interested to see specific examples of the aspects or actions of the Trump administration that make it fascist.
Texastopaz said…
This article is thoughtful & agreeable to most anyone with normal thought processes, whether they consider themselves conservative or liberal.
However, immediately appear the resulting trump supporter insults to intelligence, etc., which seem counter productive, divisional and unnecessary...
Texastopaz said…
This article is thoughtful & agreeable to most anyone with normal thought processes, whether they consider themselves conservative or liberal.
However, immediately appear the resulting trump supporter insults to intelligence, etc., which seem counter productive, divisional and unnecessary...
Richard Cummins said…
Thanks, Opie. You were a great kid and are now a great adult.
AL said…
https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42/posts/10155931022478700 original post by
Lori Gallagher Witt.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC; This is what one liberal thinks. Every liberal running for president wants to enact gun control and bypass the 2nd Amendment. They also want to do away with immigration and make every city they can into a sanctuary city. They also want to take half of the military budget and put the funds into social programs. Listen to the liberal’s proposals: New Green Deal, Medicare for all, education for all for free, immigration that benefits them, not us. So where would all of this money come from? The liberals say from the rich but if all of these new programs will cost 50 trillion over 20 years, then how will taking all of their money work when it will require more money? That’s right, the middle class will have to pay more than ever before. Face it liberals, not all jobs require equal pay because if they did, I would much rather sweep floors than manage 17 people and work 10 hour days. Some people don’t wish to be educated so let them fall behind. It’s their choice. I am not a liberal, a communist or a republican; I am an American who has worked over 40 years of my life for what I have. I do not trust the Government to run anything and would prefer a much smaller Government. To put them in charge of healthcare would further sink this country into second class status.
Unknown said…
Outstanding! Simply outstanding.
Unknown said…
Thank you for putting in words what MANY of us believe to the depths of our souls. The only thing you didn't touch on is our great public school system. Yes, it - like health care and government - has problems, but public schools do a marvelous job for such a range of students with all types of educational needs. Full disclosure: Yes, I am a retired teacher.

Thank you again.
Cecelia Solomon
evelyn said…
when was the last time a politicial in either party actually did what the politician said they were going to do?
Unknown said…
Ron Howard wasn't the author. The author was Lori Gallagher Witt.

https://www.facebook.com/thethinker42/posts/10157397118238700
Unknown said…
Ron Howard wasn't the author. The author was Lori Gallagher Witt.
https://gallagherwitt.tumblr.com/post/169422719191/an-open-letter-to-friends-and-family-who-arewere
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