I'm not sure where to begin. What inspires me to be a proud lefty? Probably - oh, the usual discontents and frustrations: value for the dignity of the individual, mild mistrust of authority, a patent if sorely tested idealism. I'm a bit odd, but not off the deep end. I'm working hard to overcome some pretty serious character flaws (procrastinator, occasionally irresponsible, very shy, standoffish) which in turn have contributed to other personal flaws (I'm overweight by many pounds). I've become more responsible, I've lost 70 lbs (many more to go - in slow progress), but I have not become any more outgoing and I would like to try.
I volunteered for Kerry last year & continued after the loss with another volunteer project thereafter. I'm ostensibly a very liberal Catholic, only because I think a touch of religious structure helps to filter out the self-directed egoism of my youthful religio-politico philosophizing. I believe in the infinite, and know that I'm finite.
I'm also smarter than your average bear.