EXCELLENT READ: “Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist”

N.b., The text blocks below are excerpts to whet you appetite. The full article (linked below) is very well worth you time. I added the graphics.

Liberal Tolerance

10) Huffiness. “We [leftists] lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude.”

Liberal cognitive dissonance guns and abortion

9) Selective Outrage. “Much canonical, left-wing feminism is not so much support for women, as it is a protest against Western, heterosexual men. It’s an “I hate” phenomenon, rather than an “I love” phenomenon.”

Obama v Pope Francis

8) It’s the thought that counts. “We focused so hard on our good intentions. … What depressingly little we did accomplish was often erased.”

Palin hate - MILP

7) Leftists hate my people. “I’m a working-class Bohunk. A hundred years ago, leftists loved us. … In the end, though, we didn’t show up for the Marxist happily ever after. We believed in God and we were often devout Catholics [and so] Leftists turned on us.”

No God No Country F the Troops

6) I believe in God. “Hang out in leftist internet environments, and you will discover a toxic bath of irrational hatred for the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

2014_01 29 Brauer death wishes for GOP

5 & 4) Straw men and “In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs.” “One of those eggs was objective truth.” “Manipulating facts was not even a venial sin; it was a good.” “It is easier to orchestrate a mob in a familiar rendition of righteous rage against a sensationalized straw man than it is to produce a reasoned argument against a reasonable opponent.

Famous Metropolitcan Disasters

2 & 3) It doesn’t work. Other approaches work better. “I went to hear David Horowitz speak in 2004. My intention was to heckle him. Horowitz said something that interrupted my flow of thought. He pointed out that Camden, Paterson, and Newark had decades of Democratic leadership. … That one stray comment from David Horowitz, a man I regarded as the enemy, sparked the slow but steady realization that my ideals, the ideals I had lived by all my life, were poisoning my students and Paterson, my city.”

Obama drones and TIME

1) Hate. “If hate were the only reason, I’d stop being a leftist for this reason alone. … You went to an anti-war rally because you hated Bush, not because you loved peace. Thus, when Obama bombed, you didn’t hold any anti-war rally, because you didn’t hate Obama. … I do have right-wing friends now and they do get angry and they do express that anger. But when I encounter unhinged, stratospheric vituperation, when I encounter detailed revenge fantasies in scatological and sadistic language, I know I’ve stumbled upon a left-wing website.”

Read the rest @ http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/ten_reasons_i_am_no_longer_a_leftist.html


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4 responses to “EXCELLENT READ: “Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist”

  1. That article is truly outstanding — it gives a right-on-the-money explanation of everything that’s wrong with the left, from someone who used to be a liberal and understands exactly what it’s all about. I hope everyone will click the link and read the whole thing and pass it along to friends.


  2. chrissythehyphenated

    Just saw this at Catholic Vote:

    “Haidt reports on the following experiment: after determining whether someone is liberal or conservative, he then has each person answer the standard battery of questions as if he were the opposite ideology. So, he would ask a liberal to answer the questions as if he were a ‘typical conservative’ and vice-versa. What he finds is quite striking: ‘The results were clear and consistent. Moderates and conservatives were most accurate in their predictions, whether they were pretending to be liberals or conservatives. Liberals were the least accurate, especially those who describe themselves as ‘very liberal.’ The biggest errors in the whole study came when liberals answered the Care and Fairness questions while pretending to be conservatives.’ In other words, moderates and conservatives can understand the liberal worldview and liberals are unable to relate to the conservative worldview, especially when it comes to questions of care and fairness.”