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Right Intention: Psycho Left Drives Away Another Liberal

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Psycho Left Drives Away Another Liberal

Here is a lengthy, but incredibly well written, column about a liberal who has had it with the left. Here's a snippet:

Nightfall, Jan. 30. Eight-million Iraqi voters have finished risking their lives to endorse freedom and defy fascism. Three things happen in rapid succession. The right cheers. The left demurs. I walk away from a long-term intimate relationship. I'm separating not from a person but a cause: the political philosophy that for more than three decades has shaped my character and consciousness, my sense of self and community, even my sense of cosmos.

I'm leaving the left -- more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together.

I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives -- people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere -- reciting all the ways Iraq's democratic experiment might yet implode.

My estrangement hasn't happened overnight. Out of the corner of my eye I watched what was coming for more than three decades, yet refused to truly see. Now it's all too obvious. Leading voices in America's "peace" movement are actually cheering against self-determination for a long-suffering Third World country because they hate George W. Bush more than they love freedom.

This was in the San Francisco Chronicle. I'm surprised the newspapers didn't spontaneously combust from having such heresy inside.

Jokes aside, I can identify with the writer of this column. I went through a similar process. The Democrtatic party that I believed in was the JFK version. It was the one that believed America was a force for good in the world. It was patriotic. It was a party that wasn't afraid to back up its words with actions. It believed in equality of opportunity, not outcome. It believed in freedom and democracy for everyone on the planet. And so forth.

After 9/11, I took a hard look at myself and re-examined my beliefs. And I figured out one thing. I hadn't changed. My beliefs, which I describe as center left, were pretty much intact. And in the past those beliefs usually led me to vote for Democrats. It was more of a reflex, really. Unless a Republican really convinced me he/she would be better, I'd vote Democrat.

But now, as I really listened to what the Democratic party was saying, I realized one thing. I have nothing in common with these people. I have no idea when and how the Democratic party morphed into America-hating, dictator-loving, wussy, socialists. But that they have is undeniable. The group of people whose beliefs most closely mirror mine are known as Republicans. That's how I voted and will likely vote for the forseeable future. And I suspect the author of this column and myself will not be the last ones to undergo this transformation.


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