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Leaving the Left (How I learned to stop worrying and hate the terrorists)
Front Page Magazine ^ | Monday, June 19, 2006 | Seth Swirsky

Posted on 06/19/2006 1:04:17 PM PDT by fanfan

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.

I watched carefully as Anita Hill testified during Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination hearing, claiming Thomas - once head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - sexually harassed her after she rebuffed his invitations to date him. At the time, I rooted, as did all my friends, for Miss Hill, hoping that her testimony would result in Thomas not getting confirmed. In retrospect, I'm ashamed that I was ever on the "side" of people who so viciously demonized a decent, qualified person like Judge Thomas, whether you agree with his judicial philosophy or not. Condoleezza Rice, during eligibility hearings for both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, also had to deal with rude people like Barbara Boxer, who seemed not to be able to fathom that a black American could embrace conservatism.

I voted for Al Gore in 2000. When he lost, I was disappointed, mostly in my fellow Democrats for thinking that the election had been "stolen" and in having forgotten their American history. The Electoral College has elected three other Presidents in our history: John Quincy Adams in1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, and Benjamin Harrison in1888. The rush to judgment by the now conspiracy consumed Left put me off. Where, I asked, were all the "disenfranchised" black voters who would have given Gore a victory in Florida? No one could produce a single name. And how exactly were the voting machines in Ohio "rigged" in 2004? I now refer to the Democrats as the Grassy Knoll party.

Still, I approached the 2004 primaries with an open mind. I was still a Democrat, still hoping that leaders like Sam Nunn and Scoop Jackson would emerge, still fantasizing that Democrats could constitute a party of truly progressive social thinkers with tough backbones who would reappear after 9/11.

I was wrong. The Left got nuttier, more extreme, less contributory to the public debate, more obsessed with their nemesis Bush - and it drove me further away. What Democrat could support Al Gore's '04 choice for President, Howard Dean, when Dean didn't dismiss the suggestion that George W. Bush had something to do with the 9/11 attacks? Or when the second most powerful Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin, thought our behavior at the detention center in Guantanamo was equivalent to Bergen Belsen and the Soviet gulags? Or when Senator Kennedy equated the unfortunate but small incident at Abu Ghraib with Saddam's 40-year record of mass murder, rape rooms, and mass graves saying, "Saddam's torture chambers have reopened under new management, U.S. management"? What Democrat could not applaud the fact that President had, in fact, kept us safe for what's going on 5 years? What Democrat - even those who opposed the decision to go into Iraq - wouldn't applaud the fact that tens of millions of previously brutalized people had the hope of freedom before them?

What made me leave the Left for good and embrace the Right were their respective reactions to 9/11. While The New York Times doubted that we could succeed in Afghanistan because the Soviets in the '80s hadn't, George W. Bush went directly after the Taliban and Al Qaeda and crushed them in short order. Although many on the Left claim to have backed the President's actions, the self-doubt leading up to it, crystallized my view of the Left as weak and terminally lacking in confidence.

I supported President Bush's hard line against the father of modern terrorism, Yasir Arafat, remembering that Bush's predecessor hosted Arafat at the White House 13 times, more often than any other world leader. I applauded Bush's unequivocal support for Israel, which every day faced (and faces) suicide attacks against its people. But I was most disappointed with liberal Jews who don't understand that their very existence is rooted in Israel's existence and that George W. Bush has been the best friend that Israel has ever had. But because they are less Jewish than they are liberal, they didn't reward Bush with their vote in 2004.

Finally, I supported President Bush's decision to oust Saddam and make possible the only democracy (other than Israel) in this crucial region of the Middle East. Post 9/11, we had to figure out a way to lessen the chances of more 9/11s. Democracy is a weapon in that war. If people are free to build businesses, buy homes, send their children to schools, pursue upward mobility, live their lives without fear, read newspapers of every opinion, vote for their leaders, resolve differences with debate and not bombs, they will have no reason to want to harm us.

In response, the Left offered bumper-sticker-type arguments like, Bush lied and thousands died. But Bush never lied. He, like Clinton and Gore and Kerry and the U.N. and the British and French and Israeli intelligence services affirmed that Saddam's WMD were a vital threat - a threat, that post- 9/11, could not stand. An overwhelming number of Democrats voted for the war - but now the Left says they were "scared" into their votes by Bush. What does it say about Democrats if the "dummy" they think Bush is can scare them so easily?

Iraq is the "Normandy" of the War on Terror. The hope, once Iraq and Afghanistan are more stable, is that the nearly 70 million people in Iran will look at those countires (on it's left and right borders) and say: "Why do these people get to vote, send their women to school, and buy Nikes and we don't?" - and then topple their Mullah's dictatorial regime. The President understands the big picture -- that if the U.S. doesn't help to remake that volatile region, we will face a nuclear version of 9/11 within the next two or five or 10 years. He is simply being realistic in his outlook and responsible in his actions. Iraq is succeeding, slowly but surely, but that's not a sexy enough story to lead the news with: the relatively small amount of casualities are. Don't forget, we occupied Germany and Japan for seven years and we still have troops there, more than 60 years after World War II ended.

And what have the Democrats contributed to the war effort since 9/11? Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold has suggested censuring our president; Former President and Vice President Bill Clinton and Al Gore, while visiting foreign countries, have blasted President Bush - acts of unconscionable irresponsibility; Democrat Rep. John Murtha, has invoked a cut-and-run policy in Iraq, supported by Democrat Senate Minority leader Harry Reid and Democrat House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi. Do they think the Middle East and the World would be safer if we had cut and run, as Murtha's plan wanted us to do? Under that plan, our troops would have been out of Iraq by May 18th and al-Zarqawi wouldn't be dead, but pulling the strings in an Iraqi civil war. With these kinds of ideas and behaviors, I just don't trust Democrats when it comes to our national security.

And so, as any reader of this article can well understand, it became impossible for me to relate to the modern Democrat Party which has tacked way too far to the left and is dominated by elites that don't like or trust the real people that make up most of the country.

Although I haven't always agreed with President Bush, I proudly voted for him in 2004 (the only one of the 4-winning Electoral College - elected Presidents to win re-election). And I now fully understand Ronald Reagan's statement, when he described why he switched from being a liberal to a conservative: "I didn't leave the party - It left me!"


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: epiphany; liberal; liberalism; mugged; secondthoughts; sethswirsky; theleft
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1 posted on 06/19/2006 1:04:21 PM PDT by fanfan
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To: EveningStar; proud_yank

Ping


2 posted on 06/19/2006 1:05:31 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: fanfan

great article.


3 posted on 06/19/2006 1:07:59 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: fanfan

I was a liberal until I got my first paycheck - then it was not so funny anymore...


4 posted on 06/19/2006 1:08:31 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Chicos_Bail_Bonds
It does explain why the right is winning.

Very few want to be in the party of 'moonbats'.

:-)
5 posted on 06/19/2006 1:09:09 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: fanfan

Great post, that one is going in favorites....


6 posted on 06/19/2006 1:09:46 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: 2banana

Seth grew up in the 1960s but somehow overlooks LBJ. Curious.


7 posted on 06/19/2006 1:09:55 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: fanfan

Bump.


8 posted on 06/19/2006 1:10:03 PM PDT by Rocko (This just in: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is still dead.)
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To: 2banana

Churchill said something like........

If you're young, and not Liberal, you have no heart.
If you're older, and not Conservative, you have no brain.

:-)


9 posted on 06/19/2006 1:10:45 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: fanfan

Great article. I always love reading the liberal seeing the light stories. You can almost feel the wool being lifted from their eyes.


10 posted on 06/19/2006 1:13:53 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: fanfan

Great article, thanks for posting it!


11 posted on 06/19/2006 1:14:22 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: fanfan

I like seeing articles like this. I too grew out of liberalism once I realized what a bunch of nutcases the leadership was and the direction it was all heading.


12 posted on 06/19/2006 1:15:15 PM PDT by TheZMan (Proud supporter of the anti-conservopussy movement.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Seth grew up in the 1960s but somehow overlooks LBJ. Curious.

He was only four years old for LBJ's election.

13 posted on 06/19/2006 1:17:03 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: fanfan
What does it say about Democrats if the "dummy" they think Bush is can scare them so easily?

Excellent statement.

14 posted on 06/19/2006 1:17:48 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: fanfan

Pat Caddell (past Democtratic pollster):

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters."

Have a nice day,


15 posted on 06/19/2006 1:19:10 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: diamond6

Your welcome.

:-)


16 posted on 06/19/2006 1:19:56 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: fanfan
Do they think the Middle East and the World would be safer if we had cut and run, as Murtha's plan wanted us to do? Under that plan, our troops would have been out of Iraq by May 18th and al-Zarqawi wouldn't be dead, but pulling the strings in an Iraqi civil war. With these kinds of ideas and behaviors, I just don't trust Democrats when it comes to our national security.

Excellent point!

17 posted on 06/19/2006 1:20:30 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

Love your tag line.


18 posted on 06/19/2006 1:21:36 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Maybe because he was about 5 or 7 yo at the time ??


19 posted on 06/19/2006 1:22:07 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: fanfan
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.

I've "asked" this before, but it bears repeating.

EVERY city run by Democrats is in the TOP percentile in violent crime, drug addiction, school drop outs, illiteracy (even though the have the largest per pupil spending in their public schools), unwed mothers, welfare, rates of HIV and other STDs, and so on, and so on...and has extremely high punitive taxes that kills progress.

How in the world does anyone -- EVER -- get the impression that the democrats (except the odd conservative ones, here and there) can run anything, anywhere, at anytime...period!?
20 posted on 06/19/2006 1:23:03 PM PDT by Jackson Brown
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To: frogjerk

It's a very good editorial.

I really enjoyed it.

:-)


21 posted on 06/19/2006 1:23:31 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: fanfan

This has been posted. However, it was from another web site. But it's a great read on why he left the left. Good to post it again.


22 posted on 06/19/2006 1:24:06 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: shield

Sorry about that.
I was surprised I couldn't find it as it seemed to be something we would all enjoy.

:-)


23 posted on 06/19/2006 1:28:45 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: fanfan
Good read, especially this part:

In response, the Left offered bumper-sticker-type arguments like, Bush lied and thousands died. But Bush never lied. He, like Clinton and Gore and Kerry and the U.N. and the British and French and Israeli intelligence services affirmed that Saddam's WMD were a vital threat - a threat, that post- 9/11, could not stand. An overwhelming number of Democrats voted for the war - but now the Left says they were "scared" into their votes by Bush. What does it say about Democrats if the "dummy" they think Bush is can scare them so easily?

The crux of the matter, succinctly worded.

24 posted on 06/19/2006 1:29:16 PM PDT by mikemach5
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To: fanfan
I thought what those four cops did to (Rodney) King was shameful.

In which case he has no clue that the MSM carefully selected only a few seconds of the infamous "Rodney King Tape" for broadcast, editing out the 20-minutes where Mr. King lashed out at the officers like a wild animal.

The first jury acquitted because they were shown the tape in its entirety. The federal jury (double jeapordy) was not shown the tape in its entirety.

25 posted on 06/19/2006 1:29:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: fanfan

bttt


26 posted on 06/19/2006 1:30:08 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The Rat Party's goal is to END the conflict, not WIN the conflict...should be the other way around.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I didn't know that.

I am always amazed when judges decide not to let all the facts speak for themselves.

What are they afraid of, justice?


27 posted on 06/19/2006 1:32:18 PM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Seth grew up in the 1960s but somehow overlooks LBJ. Curious.

I've never for the life of me understood why the left blames Nixon and not Johnson. Nixon as far as the war was concerned was basically just a clean-up man.
28 posted on 06/19/2006 1:32:59 PM PDT by Ptaz (Take Personal Responsibility--it's not fun, but it's the right thing to do.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

He was 11 in 1971. LBJ hardly registers on his memory at all I would imagine.


29 posted on 06/19/2006 1:33:21 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: TheZMan

Could you please explain your tagline? Thanks.


30 posted on 06/19/2006 1:34:13 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: fanfan

I was a radical when I was young. Then I went into the apathetic mode. After 9-11, my mind started to clear.


31 posted on 06/19/2006 1:36:06 PM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: fanfan

I think the name was 'WHY I LEFT THE LEFT.' Oh please glad this was posted again. Thanks. It's a great article.


32 posted on 06/19/2006 1:41:18 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: fanfan

save


33 posted on 06/19/2006 1:48:38 PM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: fanfan

Wonderful article. Thank you.


34 posted on 06/19/2006 1:50:43 PM PDT by blitzgig
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To: fanfan
The Electoral College has elected three other Presidents in our history: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, and Benjamin Harrison in 1888.

The author needs to rephrase this sentence for it to be historically accurate.

Jake Adams was elected by the House of Representatives in 1825 when the Electoral College failed to produce a winner in a 4-way race.

Rutherford Hayes was elected in 1876 when Congress decided to create a board to decide which election returns it wished to accept from southern states still under federal occupation. The board, with a Republican majority, chose southern electors for Hayes over electors for Tilden. Thus, the Electoral College ended up electing Hayes, although Tilden had a win in the popular vote. Historians pretty much agree that this election was stolen.

In 1888, Harrison won the Electoral College while Cleveland had a plurality in the popular vote. This was the election that most closley paralleled 2000 -- unless you really believe Florida was stolen.

35 posted on 06/19/2006 1:51:10 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Jackson Brown

They also re-elect people like Marrion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, etc.

It is because they do not have the ability to see how poor their own leadership is even when it's right in front of them.

I give you


36 posted on 06/19/2006 1:51:32 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: fanfan

I also had a similar conversion circa 1979-80, although I had voted for Nixon in my first pres election in 1972, don't think I voted for Carter, but did vote for RWR and Reps ever since.

However really bad the Dems are with their trading in of Jefferson for Marx circa the late 1800's, Republicans are no less statist, just differently and slightly less so.

The progressives of BOTH parties f@cked the nation, it is what we suffer under to this very day, a Govt run amuck with the people's purse for reelections and personnal gain.

These video & essay links will open your eyes America to what 100 years of self interested educrats saw fit to leave us in the dark about:

The State as an Organization (video)
http://www.mises.org/multimedia/video/asc2006/asc06-Rozeff.wmv

Taking money back (completely logical and constitutional)
http://www.mises.org/rothbard/moneyback.asp

How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (video)
http://www.cato.org/realaudio/cbf-02-15-06.ram

The Issue of Tariffs: How U.S. Revenue Collection Was Turned Inside-Out (video)
http://mises.org:88/Sophocleus

Size Matters: How Big Government Puts the Squeeze on America's Families, Finances, and Freedom And Limits the Pursuit of Happiness (video)
http://www.cato.org/realaudio/cbf-02-02-06.ram

Big Business and the Rise of American Statism (exc essay)
http://praxeology.net/RC-BRS.htm

The Founding of The Federal Reserve (video)
http://mises.org:88/Rothbard-Fed

The Great Depression, World War II, and American Prosperity, Part I (video)
http://www.mises.org/multimedia/video/Woods/Woods5.wmv

Secrets of the Federal Reserve (the web of power is phenomenal)
http://www.barefootsworld.net/fs_m_ch_01.html

Jackson's 2nd Bank US VETO (very important - what he correctly and constitutionally opposed is just what we ended up with in 1913)
http://alpha.furman.edu/~benson/docs/ajveto.htm

"The Separation of Commercial and Investment Banking: The Morgans vs. the Rockefellers" (the true thieves of the taxpayers and obsconders of the const)
http://www.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae1_1_1.pdf


37 posted on 06/19/2006 1:55:00 PM PDT by Marxbites (Freedom is the negation of Govt to the maximum extent possible. Today, Govt is the economy's virus.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

The hi-jacking took place in Chicago at the Dem Convention in 1968. The radical Left took over the party, making it clear the Dems could not win without them. From that time to this, attrition has been occurring by those in that party who respect traditional standards of right and wrong. Some take longer than others. For example, Zell Miller is a very good man, but I wish he had changed parties and had done it sooner. Still, he helped GWB from the Dem Party when it mattered a lot. The radicals have the Dem Party control and the MSM, but they're driving more out of their party all the time. Hopefully, the Republicans will remain attractive by standing up for traditional standards.


38 posted on 06/19/2006 1:55:32 PM PDT by n-tres-ted (Remember November!)
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To: fanfan

Welcome to the 'dark side', where common sense rules and to be compassionate means, sometimes, saying no!


39 posted on 06/19/2006 2:00:49 PM PDT by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

From the article I think he was about 30 in 1990, so he was about ten in 1970. He probably did not pay much attention to politics until he was eighteen. That would be 1978 or so and the media and campuses were heavy anti-establishment by that time. jmho


40 posted on 06/19/2006 2:03:58 PM PDT by daviscupper
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To: lafroste
Could you please explain your tagline? Thanks.

It came out of the thread titled "Coulter's Murtha 'Fragging' Comment Draws Fire".

The actual post where the tagline was added: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/1650579/posts?page=80#80

It formed in the posts preceding the change.
41 posted on 06/19/2006 2:05:45 PM PDT by TheZMan (Proud supporter of the anti-conservopussy movement.)
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To: daviscupper

I came along in 1948 and remember Ike in the 1950s. I thought he was the only president we'd ever had...


42 posted on 06/19/2006 2:07:12 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: fanfan
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.

I actually bought the Tipper Gore book ("Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society") and when Al Gore ran for President back in 1988, to me he was Tipper's husband. If only it remained so.

In retrospect, the recording industry acts as if the PARENTAL GUIDANCE label is a blessing in disguise, claiming that every artist wanted to have one on their album cover because it boosted sales. I have yet to see an actual analysis of that claim, and it belies the fierce fight Zappa, Dee Snider, and even John Denver fought against the label.

43 posted on 06/19/2006 2:07:26 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (New popular baby names for daughters of liberals: Fallujah, Haditha, Murtha)
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To: fanfan

bump


44 posted on 06/19/2006 2:12:44 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I would say you were politically precocious. Maybe your family had political discussions at the dinner table. Not all families are like that.


45 posted on 06/19/2006 2:13:21 PM PDT by daviscupper
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To: daviscupper

We were stationed in Japan, 1951-1961. Dad worked for the at the Army's Japan Procurement Agency.


46 posted on 06/19/2006 2:23:19 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: fanfan

A man of twenty and not of the liberal persuasuion hath no heart;
a man of forty and not of the conservative persuasion hath no head!

;)


47 posted on 06/19/2006 2:30:22 PM PDT by Archytekt
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To: fanfan
I used to be a liberal, until I went to a college that offered a great education, as it was reading & writing intensive. Our January "breaks" were spent on either independent study classes or working full-time at on an internship in your field of study. Either of which wasn't much of a break. Papers or projects would always be due after fall and spring break, summers meant a list of "recommended reading" (mostly liberal or feminist related). Our Senior year it was required to attain high scores on either the mandatory GRE, LSATs and MCATs, a Senior Thesis and a comprehensive exam on top of a full load of classes to graduate. Small class sizes were an asset for discussion/debate...or not, depending upon the professor's political leanings.

I was disappointed by the lack of real debate in most classrooms. I learned real quick to keep my mouth shut whenever the radical lesbians started to make their ridiculous claims, as most professors agreed, or at least didn't allow interjection of opposing points of view. As well, I quickly learned that most of the professors (females mostly) would grade poorly, despite performance, for Conservative points of view, or any dissention from the radical left.

This is why I am very happy that Wells College is now co-ed. It was sad only because a single sex education can be beneficial in many respects, but most of the women's colleges are sadly overrun by radical liberalism...at least in the northeast that is. They wonder why their enrollments are down and they have to go co-ed. They are too stupid and stuck in their academia eutopia to see and understand the real world.

I'm glad to embrace my parents' political views and values, even though I never thought that I would. There were smarter than I ever knew.

48 posted on 06/19/2006 2:42:10 PM PDT by WellsFargo94 (graduation = freedom from liberal hell)
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To: rogue yam

I am 45. I was a kid that laid on the ground with the protesters when Kent State happened. I played one of the four dead in Ohio. As a 12 year old, I marched with the older kids to protest Vietnam. I drew peace signs and wrote "Impeach Nixon" all over my textbooks and notebooks. As I got older, I marched in NYC with radicals, protesting pretty much everything. In 1978, I went to Israel and participated in the Peace Now movement.

Then in 1980 I joined the Airforce. I have been a Conservative ever since.


49 posted on 06/19/2006 2:56:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: fanfan

bttt


50 posted on 06/19/2006 2:57:21 PM PDT by XR7
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