I am a Broadband Liberal

In most comments to my posts of a political nature, there is usually a comment that includes the following:

"… because Fred is a liberal …."

I am a liberal and I am proud of it. It is not a stain on my shirt. It’s a badge of honor.  So please keep calling me that. It makes my day every time I read it.

According to Answers.com (wikipedia is down right now), being a liberal means:

  1. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
  2. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

Hell yeah, I am a liberal.

But what kind of liberal am I?

I’m not a limousine liberal because I hate limos and you’ll find me on the subway jamming on my iPod and Treo most of the time I want to get somewhere in NYC.

I’m not a gulfstream liberal becuase I prefer commercial to private planes.

I am a broadband liberal.

Because, according to the Center for Media Research:

  • Eight states had broadband  penetration over 35% – all voted for John Kerry
    in 2004
  • Eleven states had broadband penetration at or below 20% – all  voted for
    George Bush in 2004
  • Cumulative broadband penetration in states that voted for Kerry was  33% –
    compared to 25% in states that voted for Bush

So the next time you attempt to insult me with the word liberal, please add the word broadband in front of it.