Why I'm Through with Leftist Politics

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  1. Adam's Apple
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    There's still hope for some of the libs to escape their brainwashing and for good common sense to kick in. Very good personal experience article.

    June 15, 2006
    Why I Left The Left
    By Seth Swirsky

    I used to be a liberal. I was in one of the first "open" classrooms growing up in very progressive Great Neck, New York, in the 1960s. In 1971, when I was 11, I wrote vitriolic letters to President Nixon demanding an end to the Vietnam War. My first vote, in 1980, was for Independent John Anderson, followed by Mondale, Dukakis, and Clinton-Gore. I read Thomas Friedman in the NY Times and tried to "understand" the "root causes" of the "despair" he said the Palestinians felt that drove them to blow up innocent Israelis. I wasn't an overtly political person - I just never veered from the liberal zeitgeist of the community in which I was raised.

    But when I was about 27, in the late 1980s, cracks in my liberal worldview began to appear. It started with an uproar from the Left when Tipper Gore had the audacity to suggest a label on certain CDs to warn parents of lyrics that were clearly inappropriate for young people. Her suggestion was simple common sense and I was surprised by the furor it caused from the likes of Frank Zappa (and others) who felt their freedoms were being encroached upon. It was my first introduction into the entitled, selfish and irresponsible thinking I now associate with the Left.

    In 1989, I remember questioning whether Democrat David Dinkins was the best choice for Mayor of New York City (where I lived) over Rudy Giuliani. After all, Dinkins' biggest claim to fame was as a city clerk in the Marriage License Bureau while Giuliani, as a United States District Attorney, had just de-fanged the mob. But, racial "healing" was the issue of the day, Dinkins won, and the city went straight downhill. When Giuliani beat Dinkins in a rematch four years later - Surprise! - the crime rate plummeted, tourism boomed, Times Square came alive not with pimps but with commerce. Since 1993, the overwhelmingly liberal electorate in New York City has voted for Republicans for Mayor. Yet, to this day, many of my liberal friends refer to the decisive and effective Giuliani as a Nazi, even as they stroll their children through neighborhoods he cleaned up.

    After moving to Los Angeles in the early 90s, I watched from the roof of my apartment building as the city burned after the Rodney King verdicts were handed down. I thought what those four cops did to King was shameful. But I didn't hear an uproar from my friends on the Left when rioters rampaged through the city's streets, stealing, looting, and destroying property in the name of "no justice, no peace." And it was impossible not to notice the hypocrisy when prominent Hollywood liberals, who had hosted anti-NRA fundraisers at their homes a week before the riots, were standing in line at shooting ranges the week after it.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/06/why_i_left_the_left.html
     
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    Where the heck have you been? :shocked: Missed ya! Oh btw, great minds:

    http://www.usmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32866&highlight=seth+swirsky

     
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    Great, great, great!!! So many quote-worthy lines, I'd be here all night; I'll settle for just two:

    "It was my first introduction into the entitled, selfish and irresponsible thinking I now associate with the Left."

    "Iraq is the Normandy of the war on terror."

    Sometimes, one actually dares to hope...
     
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    Keep showing liberals the truth, and just maybe...someday they will open their eyes and realize everything they've been swallowing has been nothing but bullshit.
     
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    Excellent post Adam and Kathianne.

    I love it when a liberal grows up and sees the truth, then makes it their mission in life to write extensively and eloquently about their transition..:teeth:
     
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    GREAT find AA.

    My fav:
    How many times have I heard Mm say this on this board? Brilliant minds...........
    And yes, I'm partial. ;)
     

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