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Thursday, May 26, 2005
Leaving the Left...
Wow. If you haven't seen it already, please read this stunning rebuke of the American cultural left by Keith Thompson in the San Francisco Chronicle.
I hestitate to provide an excerpt becuse the whole article really should be read, but this to me was striking:
"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.
I look back on that experience as the beginning of my departure from a left already well on its way to losing its bearings. Two decades later, I watched with astonishment as leading left intellectuals launched a telethon- like body count of civilian deaths caused by American soldiers in Afghanistan. Their premise was straightforward, almost giddily so: When the number of civilian Afghani deaths surpassed the carnage of Sept. 11, the war would be unjust, irrespective of other considerations.
Stated simply: The force wielded by democracies in self-defense was declared morally equivalent to the nihilistic aggression perpetuated by Muslim fanatics."
Awesome. You simply can't be true to the classical liberal ideal and not see that the positions taken by today's American left have become warped and perverted. Keith is only the latest refugee to publicly state what is so obvious to so many of us. He wasn't the first, he won't be the last, but it is very eloquently stated. Please read it.
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