Letter to the Editor: Liberalism is once again on the rise


In the 20th century we saw continuing but ever so slow progress in the struggle for equal rights in this country. In that very century we saw women’s suffrage and a civil rights movement that broke the back of segregation and now, thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling, homosexuals have finally overcome the extreme prejudice that prevented them from enjoying full membership and justice in the social order.

Each of these historic achievements were achieved by and large by the work of secular humanists in cooperation with the liberal/moderate religious community and resisted by a majority of religious fundamentalists, further evidence that they have declined dramatically in influence and power. We are seeing what the death of prejudice and negative stereotypes of minorities, women and homosexuals accomplishes. Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states.

In another powerful decision, the court upheld provisions of the Affordable Care Act that provided subsidies for all Americans enabling them to afford health care, thereby refuting attempts by conservatives to deny health care to millions of Americans. I know this does not sit well with conservatives, but the act, despite its many faults, is here to stay and they would do well to stop the repeated efforts to repeal it and work together to improve it so that we may finally join the rest of the industrialized world in providing affordable health care to all its citizens.

Finally, due to the excesses of the radical right, liberalism is once again on the rise and Obama’s health care will take its place with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Social Security and Linden Baines Johnson’s Medicare and civil rights legislation as one of the major significant achievements in American history.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal