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This writer gives me hope that more liberals will see how radical some in their midst have become.

– Keith Thompson
Sunday, May 22, 2005 

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.

Like many others who came of age politically in the 1960s, I became adept at not taking the measure of the left’s mounting incoherence. To face it directly posed the danger that I would have to describe it accurately, first to myself and then to others. That could only give aid and comfort to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and all the other Usual Suspects the left so regularly employs to keep from seeing its own reflection in the mirror.

Aptly put. He goes on to make this point:

A turning point came at a dinner party on the day Ronald Reagan famously described the Soviet Union as the pre-eminent source of evil in the modern world. The general tenor of the evening was that Reagan’s use of the word "evil" had moved the world closer to annihilation. There was a palpable sense that we might not make it to dessert.

When I casually offered that the surviving relatives of the more than 20 million people murdered on orders of Joseph Stalin might not find "evil’" too strong a word, the room took on a collective bemused smile of the sort you might expect if someone had casually mentioned taking up child molestation for sport.

My progressive companions had a point. It was rude to bring a word like "gulag" to the dinner table.

Oh, how I can relate! One of the criticisms affluent liberals like to level my way is that I lack a "world view," and that if I could get out of the country and see how others perceive us that I’d change my tune. This is as despicable a generalization as a guy who locks his car door at a red light because a black man is standing on the curb. My wife was born in Korea. She has blood relatives living in the gulags of Kim Jung Il. Ask her about socialism and I’ll look like George Soros’ love child. None of my parent’s sons married an American. One brother met his Guatemalan wife whilst in the peace Corps in Central America and another married a Brit. We collectively have friends and relatives on every inhabited continent and we communicate far beyond Christmas cards. What the Chappaqua cocktail party crowd doesn’t understand is how this has actually galvanized our views.

Some things are admittedly complex, but not as much as elitists like to think. It’s very simple, and one doesn’t need John Kerry’s Yale nuance to grasp it. Socialism is bad. We are the good guys. That includes republicans. If you want to improve things here and abroad, start from there.

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Part of my job is to go to people’s homes. I have probably sat at 4,000 kitchen tables since 1989. Upon occasion I have had to deal with religious zealots who, to put it politely, wanted to discuss their religion with me. I find this incredibly annoying. If you have ever sat next to one of these rubes on a plane you’ll know exactly what I mean.

As frustrating as they are, the Jesus freaks are a vacation compared to far left conspiracy theorists. Google "911 conspiracy" or " Margie Schoedinger" and you’ll know what I mean. Perhaps you know the type. Bush was behind 911 because the Taliban wouldn’t let him build a pipeline. Bush raped some nut job named Margie Schoedinger in 2000, had her murdered, and made it look like a suicide. Bush was wearing a remote control device in the first debate with Kerry and was getting his info from Rove remotely. The best one is this: the corporate-owned media is actually biased toward the right, is the propaganda mouthpiece of the government, and only runs a few left leaning stories to distract us from all the real news the conservatives suppress. I have blogged before that I have a friend who is like this- he used to email me obscure garbage from sites that have names that hint that they are the last bastion of democracy, and his assertion was that a truly liberal press would run them. We have spoken exactly once since last November because I resent being told that my children will suffer because I don’t listen to him.

This letter to the editor of the local rag illustrates what either may bring the president to a Nixonian ending or, more probably, is the latest conspiracy being pimped by the fringe left (note that the letter writer is from Harrison, NY, where over 10,200 white folks are kind enough to share their zip code with exactly 67 African Americans. The average household income is $120,000. Limousine liberal territory). The guy is writing about the Downing Street Memo, which, in the minds of liberals, is the smoking gun that should expose Bush as lying about Iraq and grounds for impeachment or resignation. The story had legs in the UK apparently, but hasn’t gotten much coverage here (because, of course, the media bias is so conservative).

If the story is valid, the memo is authentic, and the administration is not forthcoming, we could have another Watergate. However, this is the 16 zillionth time the far left has cried wolf, and I grow tired of being told that the media is conservative because they won’t give extensive coverage to every slug living under a rock that leftist demagogues keep as pets.

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