A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 26, 2010
Lear Jet Liberal (Learjet Liberal)

"Lear jet liberal” (or “Learjet liberal") is a more modern version of the 1969 New York City term, “limousine liberal.” A “Learjet liberal” might be a person who takes a private jet (not necessarily always a Lear) to attend a conference on global warming --damaging the enviroment while professing to save it. A Learjet liberal superficially supports liberal causes, as long as the sacriices apply to other people.

The term “Learjet liberal” is cited from 1998, but became popular in 2007 with the rise of the environmental movement and the Fox News Channel. Fox News host Sean Hannity often reports on “Learjet liberal” hypocrisy.

Similar terms include “living room liberal,” “latte liberal” and “SUV Democrat.”


Wikipedia: Learjet
Learjet is a manufacturer of business jets for civilian and military use. It was founded in the late 1950s by William Powell Lear Jr. as Swiss American Aviation Corporation. Learjet is now a subsidiary of Bombardier and marketed as the “Bombardier Learjet Family”.

Urban Dictionary
Lear Jet Liberal
A supposed enviornmental activist who it typical liberal hypocracy tells everyone else to ride their bike to cut down on pollution or to switch energy saving lightbulbs all the while they fly around in private jets and have houses with huge electric bills.
Al Gore proved himself to be a Lear Jet Liberal after his movie “An Inconvienent Truth” when it was discovered that he owns a private jet and his mansion in Tennessee uses as much energy in August alone as most other people do all year.
by cincyninja Oct 23, 2007

Lear Jet Liberal
Another Smear word created by the Far Right to demonize liberals. In the case of this baseless term, it is used to describe liberals as being hypicritical without looking at all the facts. If one was to dig deeper they would find that Liberals would jump at the chance to use a less polluting form of travel.
Since this a term created by Rush Limbaugh not all the facts where considered.
see Conservative Sucker Punch
Before you use a term like Lear Jet Liberal why don’t you research all the facts and not make assumptions. Even though many Big politcal and enviromental advicates used private jets they would be the first to use a jet that did not use up so much fuel. The manufactures would make mopre fuel effishent jets.
by Bob_the_Patriot Nov 10, 2007

23 May 1998, Washington (DC) Post, “The Actor, Taken Liberally; At a Still-Sexy 61, Warren Beatty Is Back” by Lloyd Grove, pg. B1:
Beatty seems to be an unabashed “Learjet liberal.”

10 August 1998, Burlington (IA) Hawk Eye, ‘Clinton has lost some clout” by Tony Snow, pg. 6A, col. 3:
President Clinton took a break from toil and turmoil recently to schmooze with a gaggle of Learjet liberals in the Hamptons.

Google Groups: rec.radio.amateur.misc
Newsgroups: rec.radio.amateur.misc
From: “Ornithodontist”
Date: 2000/08/26
Subject: Re: Democratic problems !!!!

If those 50% vote, and the birkenstock-wearing, NPR-supporting, Learjet liberals add their bleating voices, it’ll be Gore for the next eight years.

Reason Magazine
Are You a Learjet Liberal? Take This Simple Test
Jonathan Rauch | February 10, 2001

New York (NY) Times
October 21, 2007
Washington Feels Hollywood’s Heat
By ALEX WILLIAMS
WASHINGTON
ON an 80-degree morning in mid-October, Senator Barbara Boxer huddled in a windowless conference room in her Capitol Hill office to hear from a group of fashionably dressed Southern California women whose sun-streaked blond hair and unseasonable tans belied a less-than-sunny mission: to push the government to address global warming.
(...)
And they are fully aware of the stereotype of the Learjet liberal, which is one reason the women said they flew commercially to Washington.

FOXNews,com
‘Lear Jet Liberals’: Our List of Some of Hollywood’s Worst Global Warming Hypocrites
Monday, May 19, 2008
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: The Hollywood elite love to say they are so concerned about global warming. Now, they give concerts. They make movies and star in public service announcements - all in the name of saving the planet. But their private lives, well that tells a very different story.

FOXNews.com
Burris Tripped Up in Blagojevich Timeline
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
By Sean Hannity
A quick trip around Hannity’s America…
(...)
Monday night’s Meltdown is brought to you by Hollywood enviro-expert Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress, environmental activist and Learjet liberal was called out by The Times of London newspaper after infrared pictures taken of her home revealed that it is leaking energy at an alarming rate.

FOXNews.com
Japanese Mortified By Obama’s Bow
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
By Sean Hannity
(...)
The “Meltdown” comes to us from the Gateway Pundit blog. According to their Web site, former Vice President Al Gore wasn’t exactly greeted with open arms in Florida last week.

The Learjet liberal was the keynote speaker at a Going Green event in Boca Raton, and it turns out that those attending the lecture may have been outnumbered by the protesters outside.

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