|1.||Bleeding Heart Liberal|
Bleeding Heart"A person who is considered excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be underprivileged or exploited."
Liberal"Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism."
Liberalism" A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority."
So from this, we can gather that a "bleeding heart liberal" is an individual that aligns themselves with the Liberal party(aka left), and is particularly sympathetic to the underprivileged class. Oftentimes this phrase is misused to denote any far-left individual. Ironically, some far-leftist are anything but liberals at all, but most have some bleeding heart tenancies.
"That bleeding heart liberal jury let a rapist go with six years in an institution."
"The Governor got re-elected by pushing his bleeding heart liberal views, and got the sway vote from the lower-class."
|2.||Bleeding Heart Liberal|
A person whose political view lies generally along the lines of the founding fathers, in that they believe that what unites Americans is a love of freedom, and they tend to vote that way. They prefer to allow others to believe as they like, since this is what the country is founded on, and generally resist any effort to remove rights simply because of who someone is, such as gay, or black, or poor. They believe in the ideal of ‘treating your neighbor as you would like to be treated’, believe that we all have a certain responsibility to support each other, rather than corporations, and believe that the safety and dreams of people come before the earnings of CEO’s. They believe that everyone’s point of view has something to contribute to our political discourse.
Who does that person think they are, supporting gay marriage? Do they think that people actually have rights? They must be a Bleeding Heart Liberal.