Last night my deeply Republican mother and I had a political conversation. This usually ends badly as I am so far to the left, and she is so far to the right.
What it came down to was her using the term "liberal" as though it is a dirty word. The tone of her voice when she says it exposes her deep sense of loathing for the word and the deed. It is the same tone she uses when she calls me un-American, or Agnostic.
Perhaps what the latest presidential election has meant to me is that my elected leaders are no longer going to use the word "liberal" as a dirty word. It is no longer equated so easily with this un-American terminology.
I, like The Resident, am proud to be an American... and a liberal.