Ever found yourself in a situation where doing the right thing, or simply acting on common sense, was labeled as 'liberal'? If you're an Idaho resident, you might have experienced this peculiar scenario more than once. But why are common sense and selflessness often stamped with a political tag? Let's dive into this intriguing conversation.

Defining Liberalism and Common Sense

Before we go any further, it's crucial to understand what we mean by liberalism and common sense. Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy that values equality, democracy, and individual rights, often advocating for social reform and government intervention in the economy. 

On the other hand, common sense refers to sound, practical judgment concerning everyday matters or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things shared by nearly everyone without specialized knowledge.

So, if you've ever wondered why planting a tree, helping the less fortunate, or advocating for cleaner air could be considered 'liberal', you're not alone. It seems that the definition of common sense and selflessness has been blurred somewhere along the line with the concept of liberalism.

Why are we bringing this up? 

A Reddit thread discusses an incident here in Idaho where a person who was wearing a mask because he has COVID-19 and wanted to enjoy time with his wife outside without getting her sick on a walk experienced a homophobic slur due to wearing a mask. 

One Reddit user said, "Common sense, empathy, and selflessness are now perceived as 'liberal' and wrong. Good times we live in." 

Reddit Reacts To Homophobic Slur

As we navigate the complexities of life in Idaho and beyond, let's remember that common sense and selflessness are not exclusive to any political ideology. They are universal values that knit our society together. So, whether you're planting a tree, supporting a local cause, or speaking out for what you believe in, remember - it's not about being liberal or conservative. It's about being human. Here's to fostering a more inclusive, understanding, and constructive political discourse in Idaho!

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