Open letter to New Republic's Beinart (a liberal?)

David Sirota lays out the case of whether the New Republic's editor, who appears frequently as a "liberal" guest on TV, would indeed be called a "liberal" by anyone to the left of G Gordon Liddy (reprinted in full):



"LIBERAL" PETER BEINART ON NATIONAL SECURITY:



"Many Americans have questions about the degree to which liberals are willing to defend the country." - Peter Beinart, 3/6/05 (NY Times)



RIGHT-WING SPIN MACHINE ON NATIONAL SECURITY:



"The problem the Democrats have is, no one really believes they're authentic patriots and they would ever say that any war in defense of America is the right war at the right time in the right place. They wouldn't fight any place. Everyone knows that Democrats won't fight a war." - Ann Coulter, 10/6/04 (Media Matters)



"LIBERAL" PETER BEINART ON TAXES:



"[Liberals must ask themselves] Does a tax credit do something better or does a government program?" - Peter Beinart, 3/6/05 (NY Times)



RIGHT-WING SPIN MACHINE ON TAXES:



"[Liberals] just want money to spend on more government programs, which results in a permanently bigger government. That's why they want to reduce the tax cut." - White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, 4/9/01 (White House)



"Democrats don't like tax relief. They want unfair taxes taken in an unfair way from the American people to be brought to Washington and spread around in the Washington government programs the way they want it. They hate tax cuts." - U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), 2/6/01



"LIBERAL" PETER BEINART ON THE MILITARY:



"Democrats have been alienated from the military since Vietnam." - Peter Beinart, 3/6/05 (Washington Post)



RIGHT-WING SPIN MACHINE ON THE MILITARY:



"Half of the [Democratic] base hates the military, hates America."

- Rush Limbaugh, 9/17/04 (Media Matters)

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