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Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist
American Thinker ^ | July 20, 2014 | Danusha V. Goska

Posted on 07/20/2014 1:45:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a button saying "Eat the Rich." To me it wasn't a metaphor.

I voted Republican in the last presidential election.

Below are the top ten reasons I am no longer a leftist. This is not a rigorous comparison of theories. This list is idiosyncratic, impressionistic, and intuitive. It's an accounting of the milestones on my herky-jerky journey.

10) Huffiness.

In the late 1990s I was reading Anatomy of the Spirit, a then recent bestseller by Caroline Myss.

Myss described having lunch with a woman named Mary. A man approached Mary and asked her if she were free to do a favor for him on June 8th. No, Mary replied, I absolutely cannot do anything on June 8th because June 8th is my incest survivors' meeting and we never let each other down! They have suffered so much already! I would never betray incest survivors!

Myss was flabbergasted. Mary could have simply said "Yes" or "No."(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 07/20/2014 1:45:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. I wonder which friends I could send this to...


2 posted on 07/20/2014 2:00:29 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One topic thread was entitled "What do you view as disgusting about modern America?" The thread was begun in 2002. Almost eight thousand posts later, the thread was still going strong in June, 2014.

Astounding. A testament to the drive and determination and hate that instills liberals and Democrats. It is why we haven't nor likely will not them. They just never give up; inch by inch, one concession by conservatives after another, they keep on trekking.

3 posted on 07/20/2014 2:20:26 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What an outstanding article!

It makes me wonder how so many labor union members could support their national leaders, who are all communists and despise the ranks of working Americans.


4 posted on 07/20/2014 2:26:07 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


5 posted on 07/20/2014 2:36:16 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: SatinDoll

The same way that Church-going, pro-life blacks could support pro-abortion and sometimes atheist or Muslim black leaders. Or conservative Catholic Hispanics supporting Communist leaders.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 2:42:36 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great read!


7 posted on 07/20/2014 3:04:55 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Great article. Thank you for posting.

BTW, do you ever sleep?

8 posted on 07/20/2014 3:08:00 AM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: SatinDoll

Just get in an argument with a leftist and stand back, you will hear exactly what a leftist is as they label you with their values. Hater, being probably number one on the list.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 3:14:54 AM PDT by wita
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To: Mount Athos
Wow. I wonder which friends I could send this to...

If they're leftist friends, it wouldn't phase them, I don't think. They are badly in denial of their disorder.

10 posted on 07/20/2014 3:19:29 AM PDT by babyfreep
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To: BBell; 2ndDivisionVet

Third shifters, “We’ll sleep when we’re dead. And maybe not even then!”


11 posted on 07/20/2014 3:23:18 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unfortunately most leftists aren’t open to facts or new ideas. They refuse to even consider letting go of their hate.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 3:25:35 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SatinDoll

“It makes me wonder how so many labor union members could support their national leaders, who are all communists and despise the ranks of working Americans.”

For the same reason blacks support racist liberals that both hate them, and would never live near them.

Liberals designed a welfare system that required the family unit of blacks be destroyed, one that would allow no escape. In exchange for votes they are housed and fed, and guaranteed to never have to work to better themselves.

Unions operate on the same principal. See tagline...


13 posted on 07/20/2014 3:36:37 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SatinDoll
It makes me wonder how so many labor union members could support their national leaders, who are all communists and despise the ranks of working Americans.

Because, either they don't understand the concept of forcing someone else to suffer for their gain or they don't care. It's all about their paycheck.

14 posted on 07/20/2014 4:00:03 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For later


15 posted on 07/20/2014 4:04:12 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this 2nd Div. One of the better reads in months!


16 posted on 07/20/2014 4:06:23 AM PDT by outofsalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very informative article. She’s exactly right, and fortunately she saw through it before it destroyed her.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 4:11:16 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I liked this article. However, I will point out that some of the points listed we should be careful of as well.


18 posted on 07/20/2014 4:14:33 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Best. Article. Ever.

Posted to FB. This needs to be spread far and wide.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 4:35:21 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: Gaffer
Which is why this quote by Lenin should be noted.

We must hate - hatred is the basis of communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not communists.

20 posted on 07/20/2014 4:38:25 AM PDT by xp38
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if the author realizes he has no “8th reason”


21 posted on 07/20/2014 4:40:16 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really interesting article.


22 posted on 07/20/2014 4:51:42 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oustanding article! Hope to read more by Danusha Goska.

Would like to learn about her faith in God. Faith in His love is a source of strength in these mad evil times.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 4:53:51 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ping


24 posted on 07/20/2014 4:57:34 AM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: castlegreyskull

We try to be.

They never do


25 posted on 07/20/2014 4:58:49 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ping


26 posted on 07/20/2014 5:00:09 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: melsec

Yes, it was a good read. I knew they were haters, but did not realize the depth to which it went. They are if their father, the devil, who was a liar from the beginning. The article leads me to believe that there is going to be armed conflict in the not too distant future. I don’t see any way around it.


27 posted on 07/20/2014 5:01:08 AM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Both Emperors. The difference is Nero plays a fiddle, while Obama plays Minnesota Fats)
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To: Rome2000

In point 3/2 he brings up the left’s tendencies to always think big. Which the results are hard to analyze and rack up a huge financial burden. My idiot sister-in-law does this. She flies all over latin America, running up huge travel costs for my brother-in-law, claiming she is helping everyone. However, she lives 3 blocks from a complete slum, where helping opportunities are boundless.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 5:02:20 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Under point number 1, Hate, I came across this interesting tidbit “ He protests against homophobic Christians, American imperialists, and Monsanto.”

More than one Freeper has fallen under the spell of the Leftist movement, buying into the ‘I hate Monsanto’ bit.


29 posted on 07/20/2014 5:09:15 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ping


30 posted on 07/20/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a great article. As we grow up and start to recognize ideological dishonesty, selective outrage, hatred, and disordered superiority/inferiority complexes of the left, or any other cultish movement, that takes advantage of vulnerable people and innocent youth, we will cease to be one of their “useful idiots”. The difference as she mentions, is having God. His sheep will hear Him.


31 posted on 07/20/2014 5:15:05 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: xp38

Communist Hatred explains why Islamic Radicals have allliances with Marxists.


32 posted on 07/20/2014 5:17:36 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I used to troll on a couple of left wing progressive sites...

DU and Huffington Post

I had to stop because these people are so full of illogical, unreasonable deep seated hatred it was affecting me in a real negative way...

33 posted on 07/20/2014 5:19:17 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

EXCELLENT ARTICLE - And as a former leftie myself, I concur.


34 posted on 07/20/2014 5:20:21 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bttt.

5.56mm


35 posted on 07/20/2014 5:20:41 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this, it’s truly excellent.


36 posted on 07/20/2014 5:21:39 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bookmarked


37 posted on 07/20/2014 5:22:43 AM PDT by freemama
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To: castlegreyskull

“I wonder if the author realizes he has no “8th reason””

Yes, I didn’t notice it but one of the commentors at the site pointed that out too.


38 posted on 07/20/2014 5:23:59 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Mark17

“I knew they were haters, but did not realize the depth to which it went.”

No, me neither.

As to what you say about the Devil, this is what I said to myself when I heard a brief bit of Sean Hannity’s interview with the gal who is doing those hidden camera exposes of Planned Parenthood - in which they are telling the kids to do sado-masochistic sex, etc.

And I’m thinking to myself: well it is one thing to say how unfortunate this woman is pregnant, she should be able to have an abortion, blah blah, yadda yadda. How do you get from there to instructing teenagers to do sado-masochism?

And then, you know, it struck me. They truly are in league with the Devil. Every last one of them. And if there is ANYONE who works for or with that organization who is NOT in league with the Devil they need to quit TOMORROW and find a different job.

And if that job is flipping burgers or sweeping floors I say that will be a vast improvement.


39 posted on 07/20/2014 5:29:41 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Mount Athos
Bet you didn't have to wonder very long. The paragraph below put one of my former high school classmates and current Facebook correspondent in mind.

FTA: Pete is now a Facebook friend and his feed overflows with the anger that I'm sure he assesses as righteous. He protests against homophobic Christians, American imperialists, and Monsanto. I don't know if Pete ever donates to an organization he believes in, or a person suffering from a disease, or if he ever says comforting things to afflicted intimates. I know he hates.

I'm thinking I'll put the article on FB.

40 posted on 07/20/2014 5:31:39 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. A list of things hated by leftists that has gone on for years.

If the victims of communism could start a list, it would also go on for years. The problem is that more than one hundred million posters are missing because they were murdered by intolerant, hate-spewing leftists who loved
“the revolution” more than anything.

IMHO


41 posted on 07/20/2014 5:35:52 AM PDT by ripley
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hang out in leftist internet environments, and you will discover a toxic bath of irrational hatred for the Judeo-Christian tradition.

And thus they are gods...


42 posted on 07/20/2014 5:49:44 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I will say that while there are many deranged libs/leftists of the type described by Mr. Voska, I've known any friends, family members, and co-workers though while ardent libs managed to conduct reasonable conversations with me. I will say when I broke ranks several decades ago, it was difficult to have political conversations with the same people as they would start shouting and then I would shout back.

Eventually, I found it much better to let them shout while I would politely refute their arguments. Nothing disconcerts a screaming leftist more than an opponent who smiles at them and calmly rebuts their statements. I'd rather they think about the things I say rather than believe they've won an argument because they outshouted me.

43 posted on 07/20/2014 6:03:34 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Superb article. I have always found that those leaving a poison ideology (whether political or religious) can articulate the reasons why the ideology is poison better than anyone looking in from the outside, and this article only reinforces my experience.

Share this far and wide - it may do some good.


44 posted on 07/20/2014 6:11:20 AM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Mount Athos

What an excellent and disturbing essay. Ouch.


45 posted on 07/20/2014 6:17:11 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: castlegreyskull

Like church youth groups traveling to foreign countries to “help” when, in most areas, there’s a poor side of town a few miles away.


46 posted on 07/20/2014 6:17:51 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hatred is the reason Leftists can gaily and without any pangs of conscience torture and murder innocent people by the millions so that they can pursue their utopian ideas of "good" and reform the human race to their liking.

It has always been so. That's the Devil's method from the beginning.

47 posted on 07/20/2014 6:42:57 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like God got a hold of somebody. Thanks for posting.


48 posted on 07/20/2014 6:44:08 AM PDT by Hoodat (Article 4, Section 4)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is good! I could send it to my lefty relatives but they would refuse to read it.


49 posted on 07/20/2014 6:47:46 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Mark17

The more I read from people like him the more I think you are right - funnily enough I think the left will start it! Despite their supposed hatred of guns there are armed groups of lefties spoiling for a fight - they consider themselves and even call themselves The Armed Resistance - they only hate conservatives having guns.


50 posted on 07/20/2014 6:47:54 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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