You have been telling this story for years. It is, I would say, a rather unexamined tale that ought to have some light shed on it. Just because your parents were registered Democrats does not mean they were liberals.
In fact, once upon a time . . . during that time . . . there were liberal, moderate and conservative wings of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Kennedy and Nixon were not far apart in 1960. Kennedy's death did more to champion civil rights and to transform LBJ into an icon in the history of civil rights while allowing him to remain a mid-20th C slightly right of centrist in other matters.
I would also say that you haven't learned much. You rant on and on about your useless degrees. Yet you never say what they are in or where you studied.
While you blame Carter for inflation . . . you neglect to blame reagan for the national debt that soared during his WH years.
And you refuse to look at AMerican liberalism through the lens of history. Liberals in the 19th C were ABolitionists and Suffragettes. The AMerican right is responsible for the situation revealed in Douglas Blackmon's book, Slavery by Another Name.
More recently, American conservatism prompted the lies of Condi Rice about mushroom clouds to Congress that led to engagement in the Iraq War.
Oh, and the Repubs ranted about how wrong Hilary Clinton's WH centered research on health care reform was and insisted it be done in Congress. Now that Obama is attempting reform in Congress, the Repubs say it is behind closed doors, yet, everyone in America can down load every piece of info from the internet, meaning those doors are not tightly closed!
Finally, if the Repubs had been interested in health care reform, why didn't they do something about it during the eight bush years? After all, this is a man who described himself as a 'compassionate conservative,' a propaganda trick whereby one presents himself as the opposite of what he is . . . but . . .hey! Why should anyone break down the barriers of artificial stupidity?