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Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist
American Thinker ^ | 7-21-2014 | Danusha V. Goska

Posted on 07/21/2014 4:38:02 AM PDT by servo1969

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."

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial
KEYWORDS: conservative; leftists; progressive
9) Selective Outrage
8.) It's the thought that counts
7) Leftists hate my people.
6) I believe in God.
5 & 4) Straw men and "In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs."
2 & 3) It doesn't work. Other approaches work better.

1) Hate.

1 posted on 07/21/2014 4:38:03 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: zot; Interesting Times

A long article but well worth reading.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 4:42:46 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: servo1969

The article is well written and perceptive. Well worth checking out in its entirety.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 4:59:52 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: servo1969

LOL! I see you went ahead and posted the “cliff notes”, quick read, summary of the gist of it. I saw it yesterday and thought about posting it but it was rather lengthy so I didn’t. I should have more faith in the FR population huh? Sadly not enough libs/progs/socialist/commies/dimokkkrats ever get to the point the author got to. One’s better than none. There may be more closet conversions out there we don’t know about.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 5:12:19 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: servo1969

Excellent article about what Leftists really are and what drives them.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 5:17:42 AM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: servo1969
I suddenly realized that my "eat the rich" lapel button was a sin premised on a lie.

This goes hand in hand with # 6. If you believe in God, you can't continue on in a life that is based on actively trying to destroy "the rich" as if they were some evil enemy. Its a sin.

As an aside, she calls herself a "working class Bohunk." I have not heard that expression in a while and had to laugh when I did. It describes my ancestors and they used to be liberal Catholics 100 years ago. A lot of us went through the same evolution to conservatism.

6 posted on 07/21/2014 5:29:55 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: GreyFriar
It is. I had my awakening way back when I was a freshman in college and somewhat apolitical. There were actually genuinely patriotic Democrats in those days, too.

The females in College Republicans were sweet, beautiful and genuinely pleasant to associate with. The females in Young Democrats were already starting to lose their beauty at that tender young age and were perpetually angry.

7 posted on 07/21/2014 5:37:24 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: servo1969

This is a very good article. Unfortunately, those who most need to read it either won’t or they would never see themselves in the words. I have liberal friends who are exactly the same as the “Julie” in this article ... their self-righteous virtue lies in “trying” to be nice to everyone (they don’t actually have to succeed in this) and they do not see their own hypocrisy and hate or the shallowness of the latest bumper-sticker philosophy.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 6:19:29 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: GreyFriar

Agree but wish the author had used more “common” language instead of showing off her vocabulary. Perhaps a lingering display of “ elitism”.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 6:33:24 AM PDT by Boomer One
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To: GreyFriar

True.


10 posted on 07/21/2014 6:34:41 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: servo1969

Thank you for posting this article. It was very thought provoking for me and I am now looking within myself to ensure I do not become a Conservative version of what she ran away from.


11 posted on 07/21/2014 6:41:34 AM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: Vigilanteman

One of my professors, a Humphrey Democratic, taught in the political science department in the mid to late 1960’s. I took an American Government class from him. It was a good course and free of political bias. He liked me (I was president of the college Republican club) and recommended I attend American University in Washington, D.C. for one semester-the Washington Semester Program-I believe it was called.


12 posted on 07/21/2014 6:43:04 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Vigilanteman; MinuteGal

I read the whole article. Excellent read. A transition many young people make as they grow older and see things as they really are rather than what they wish them to be.


13 posted on 07/21/2014 6:45:42 AM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: Maine Mariner
One of my professors, a Humphrey Democratic...

The difference if the "Humphrey Democrats" loved America, and just disagreed with us on what would serve her best. Obama RATs do not like America as she used to be and want to complete the transformation started by Obama.

14 posted on 07/21/2014 6:50:40 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: servo1969
Thanks Servo, this is a well stated article and worth reading.

"10) Huffiness : Myss was flabbergasted. Mary could have simply said "Yes" or "No."

I've noticed this often : I said to the wife of a couple I like, that her husband was a nice guy and she told me he was a jerk. My pharmacist had to tell me 'she didn't go to Walmart' and a lady in a store who replied to my question about a nearby restaurant with how she didn't eat red meat.

I thought it was because of their self pride but this author shows it is deeper than that. Maybe ungratefulness too.

15 posted on 07/21/2014 6:50:49 AM PDT by virgil283 (When attacked by clowns go for the juggler)
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To: JimRed

The difference IS...


16 posted on 07/21/2014 6:51:49 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: servo1969; kristinn; Kenny Bunk; Travis McGee; 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent Article, one I hope bumps through the day.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 6:56:08 AM PDT by golux
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To: JimRed

You are absolutely 100% correct.


18 posted on 07/21/2014 7:02:38 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: GreyFriar

Yeah she finally woke up after doing 40+ years of damage. I’m tempted to say to little to late, however she is trying to make amends. I just wish people would open their eyes a little sooner. We have a lot of leftist history and it never ends well for us common folk.


19 posted on 07/21/2014 7:26:10 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: Maine Mariner
Yep. In those days, Profs could actually spot and appreciate talent, even if said talent disagreed with them.

I shredded one history professor in class who was using the Sacco-Vanzetti trials of the 1920s as an example of American racism and prejudice of the era. I'd just read a book at the time and was better informed on the topic than he was.

In reality, Sacco and Vanzetti were guilty as hell and just wanted to use the courts to promote their warped political views as Angela Davis had successfully done just a few years before the lecture that day.

The prof asked me to stay after class and speak to him more and I thought, 'uh-oh, here it comes, a bad grade.' In reality, he was impressed with how well informed I was and I got a straight A in the course. To this day, I suspect the prof. was a less than committed leftist who was just repeating talking points from the text.

20 posted on 07/21/2014 7:29:04 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: servo1969

Bttt


21 posted on 07/21/2014 7:32:03 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: twyn1

I wonder what the reaction would be if it was posted on DU.


22 posted on 07/21/2014 8:03:13 AM PDT by rwa265 (Love one another as I have loved you, says the Lord.)
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To: virgil283

I have noticed this in people. It seems they have a need to explain their actions. I grew up with the belief that it is no ones busines why I do or do not do things. I just say yes or no. Now, I should be more polite and put a thank you after either yes or no, but if someone invites me to something and I have something else to do that day, I just say no. If they do not like the answer, that is their problem, not mine.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 8:12:02 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Boomer One

What? It was a well written article. For adults. Why should she dumb down her language? Sheesh.


24 posted on 07/21/2014 8:16:51 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: servo1969

This is an excellent article. Bravo to the author.


25 posted on 07/21/2014 8:42:54 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Throne and Altar! [In Jerusalem!!!])
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Apparently, the evil of the leftist mind-set finally got through to her.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 8:49:27 AM PDT by zot
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To: servo1969

Excellent article. Can’t wait to print it out and go back over it later.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT by Buggman (returnofbenjamin.com)
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To: bigdaddy45

To be more concise and keep reader focused on the point.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 9:11:17 AM PDT by Boomer One
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To: Boomer One

I guess she should have written it in pidgen English.


29 posted on 07/21/2014 9:57:57 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Boomer One

Well not everyone wants the readers digest version. I very much enjoyed the detail.


30 posted on 07/21/2014 10:11:13 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: servo1969

Bump. When I commented on a post from an old High School acquaintance another old high school acquaintance asked if I would accept a friend’s request from a leftist. I did. I had no idea her every post would be pushing leftist c^@p. I It takes some restraint to ignore them, but I do. I don’t like too much vitriol in my news-feed. I’m only there for real friends and family. But, this article would be nice to message to her. She won’t listen as most leftists need to get their personal “aha moment”. Perhaps on leaving Earth?


31 posted on 07/21/2014 12:46:38 PM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: servo1969
I forgot to mention I was talking about posts on Facebook. American Thinker has very thought provoking articles.
32 posted on 07/21/2014 12:49:54 PM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: servo1969; Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; marron; hosepipe; metmom
Read Marx and discover a mythology that is irreconcilable with any other narrative, including the Bible. Hang out in leftist internet environments, and you will discover a toxic bath of irrational hatred for the Judeo-Christian tradition. You will discover an alternate vocabulary in which Jesus is a “dead Jew on a stick” or a “zombie” and any belief is an arbitrary sham, the equivalent of a recently invented “flying spaghetti monster.” You will discover historical revisionism that posits Nazism as a Christian denomination. You will discover a rejection of the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western Civilization and American concepts of individual rights and law. You will discover a nihilist void, the kind of vacuum of meaning that nature abhors and that, all too often, history fills with the worst totalitarian nightmares, the rough beast that slouches toward Bethlehem.

So, how does such vicious claptrap manage to find buy-in with supposedly rational human beings? It would seem this sort of ideological palaver, ostensibly designed to shape behavior, supports the “thinking” of a zombie, not of a self-conscious, rational human being. It’s as if a huge swath of the American public has voluntarily submitted itself to pre-frontal-cortex lobotomy, under the auspices and funding of the regnant State and all its reinforcing mechanisms. The lobotomized are then fully enabled to admire, and thrill over, the bright shiny object of their delight — “the Venus eye,” the “magic of the extreme,” as Hegel put it, [that] is “the charm that works for us … that fascinates even our foes and blinds them”….

This president is all shine, and no spine. If he says “A,” then by now you should realize that what he really means/intends is to actually do “B.” And he usually manages to get to “B” by doing as little himself as possible. That is to say, he not only lies, but uses lies as shields to protect him against the consequences of his acts, or non-acts as the case may be, in advance.

So, why does he have so many friends, fans, supporters, donors?

There’s a loaded question! I constantly ask myself that question, and have spent a lot of time thinking through possible answers. FWIW, just a couple of stray thoughts.

In navigating such troubled waters, I find an indispensable guide in Friedrich Nietzsche, who most American conservative and libertarian thinkers regard as one of the most nefarious “philosophers” of all time: He is widely deplored as the announcer of the effective “Death of God” as an historical fact.

As a conservative down to my bones, I do not regard Nietzsche as my “enemy.” I do not regard him so much as a philosopher, rather as a world-class literary artist and astute observer of the intellectual and moral trends of his age. I see him as a suffering soul, all his life. He was brilliant — but died in an insane asylum of complications of syphyllis. I think of him as “the canary in the coal mine” of his age, there to warn us of the future of men and societies, should his vision prove correct. [Which boils down to: If there is no God, there is only unfettered human Will to Power….]

What Nietzsche detracters always seem to leave out, in quoting him, is immediately after his statement that “God is dead,” he adds, “for we have killed him.”

Nobody bothers to ask whether Nietzsche himself thought or believed that human beings could actually “kill” God. I strongly doubt that. He may have been “crazy,” but he wasn’t that crazy. I think his point was, the act of “killing God” is a personal act that does not in the least affect the Being of God, but only the order of one’s own personal humanity, ultimately, the order of one’s own soul. It represents an adamant closure of the soul to all spiritual or divine influences. I take this to mean that the loss of God implicates the loss of our own personal humanity, by cutting it off from its Source and Ground in Truth.

I very much admire Thomas S. Hibbs’ reflections on this question:

…Friederich Nietzsche wrote that autonomy and morality are incompatible with each other. What he had in mind was that, while morality is about being bound by and to some standard other than one’s own will, autonomy as self-rule could easily slide into self-expression and authenticity, aspirations governed by aesthetic rather than moral criteria.

Here liberalism faces a quandary. If choice itself is the highest value, a self-justifying one, then there is nothing in light of which — no independent standard on the basis of which — we can distinguish between good and evil, noble and base, or better and worse choices. And that, as Nietzsche saw, is an apt and succinct statement of nihilism. — Thomas S. Hibbs, “Happy-Go-Lucky Nihilism,” National Review, July 21, 2014.

I imagine such distinctions are lost on the folks who find in “our” president a “bright and shiny object” worthy of their delectation and ultimately slavish worship. Indeed, he is a fine example of “the Venus eye that fascinates.”

But the fact remains, there is NOTHING about this guy that any other human being could possibly reliably depend on. He’s all shine and no spine.

Only a fool could love him. But evidently, there are fools aplenty out there in American society. They are the lobotomized ones, already alluded to above.

Never forget the “classic” definition of “fool”: The fool is any man who says in his heart, “There is no God.”

There’s nothing “funny” about a fool. Bottom-line, a fool is a nihilist. But he has free-speech rights as much as you do….

And that is why We the People find ourselves in such a quandary nowadays. Our culture is divided, riven in two. The cultural divide, it seems to me, is driven by disputes as to whether the foundation of personal, cultural, and sociopolitical order is to be found in (1) a moral code; or (2) an aesthetic code. The first is ever “objective” to one; the second gives one a license to elevate personal, subjective experiences/preferences of one’s self above any and all other extra-subjective, that is to say, “objective” standards.

Must put a wrap on it for now. Thank you ever so much, servo1969, for posting this outstanding article by Danusha V. Goska.

P.S.: I don’t know why it is, but it seems to me that it is the immigrants to the U.S. over the past century or so who are the most passionate defenders of the idea of American exceptionalism, of America’s foundational ideals.

Three of my grandparents were foreign born, but all became naturalized American citizens, and raised American children. Between the two sets of grandparents, four of their eight children served in World War II, including my own mother — a natural-born American citizen of Polish descent — who recently passed away (June 1). She was buried with full military honors as a United States Navy Nurse Lieutenant having served four years in the South Pacific during WWII, where she tended not only our own “boys” fallen on the battlefield, but Japanese POWs as well. She was an amazing woman. R.I.P.

The current stream of [illegal] immigrants is “a horse of a different color.” Or so it seems to me.

33 posted on 07/21/2014 1:20:11 PM PDT by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop

What she said...............


34 posted on 07/21/2014 3:07:57 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: betty boop

great post!

& Bookmark for later


35 posted on 07/21/2014 4:04:10 PM PDT by twyn1
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To: servo1969
I voted Republican in the last presidential election.

These days, sadly, that doesn't prove much.

But otherwise, a fine article!

36 posted on 07/21/2014 4:06:04 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: betty boop
Beautiful said, dearest sister in Christ! Truly Nietzsche was a canary in a coal mine.

And I do love that phrase: "All shine and no spine" ...

37 posted on 07/21/2014 9:19:28 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: betty boop
...the act of “killing God” is a personal act that does not in the least affect the Being of God, but only the order of one’s own personal humanity, ultimately, the order of one’s own soul... the loss of God implicates the loss of our own personal humanity, by cutting it off from its Source and Ground in Truth.
38 posted on 07/21/2014 9:25:46 PM PDT by marron
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To: servo1969

Bookmark for later.


39 posted on 07/21/2014 9:38:50 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.??)
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To: Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; hosepipe; marron; metmom; xzins; twyn1
"All shine and no spine"

Thank you, dearest sister in Christ, for your kind words.

Indeed, I'm convinced that Obama is best understood as a "bright, shiny object" whose purpose is to distract and divert attention from the pressing needs of our national polity. He is "the Venus eye that fascinates...."

Some thoughts re: assessing the president's character.

On that subject, Michael Goodwin, in last Sunday's New York Post (July 20, 2014), cites David Resnick, Obama's biographer, from his interview with Valerie Jarrett — perhaps the most influential advisor this president has. Quoting Ms. Jarrett:

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is…. He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is…. He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Yikes. Do other people feel as creeped out by these remarks as I do?

Among other things, it seems Jarrett is suggesting that the Office of the President of the United States is actually beneath Obama's dignity.

Jarrett is a very long-time aide to the president. It seems her job is to stoke 0's narcissism full-time. As if he needed any encouragement along such lines. So if he is a no-show on vital public affairs, it's just because he feels he has better things to do. Do not question the genius!!! He's smarter than you!!!

Then I wonder how a man like this could ever obtain the presidency. Especially when his qualifications to hold the office are dubious, still suspect, in the first place.

The legend has it Obama was born in Hawaii. Certain relatives in Kenya say he was born in Kenya — and claim they were present at the birth. The "Long-Form Birth Certificate" ultimately was produced, so to end the controversy. Somehow I suspect that Obama's political operators actually welcomed this controversy [and very likely may have fabricated the LFBC] — as a side show, a misdirection, a smoke screen, a way to "stir up the muck" — for it distracted all attention away from the question: Who was Obama's father? Plus the additional question: Who was Obama's mother? Can we find clues into Obama's' worldview and intentions by asking such questions?

The question about the father is particularly relevant. Historically, traditionally, citizenship has been regarded as descending from the father, not the mother, regardless of the geographical location of the birth. [This would be the Jus sanguis theory of citizenship in international law.]

On the basis of public records, it can reasonably be inferred: Barack Obama Senior was: A Kenyan national; a revolutionary anti-Colonialist; and devoted Marxist. He was also a fundamentalist Muslim.

Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro evidently was a lady who had a penchant for third-world men of color who held radical/revolutionary political views. She married two of them — Obama and Soetoro. And like Obama, Soetoro was a fundamentalist Muslim. It seems fairly likely that Stanley Ann was herself a child of socialist parents.

All of which is to suggest that a young boy growing up in this milieu during his most formative years would have had no inkling about American society and culture — I do not believe that is a subject taught in an Indonesian madrassa. And it appears his mother didn't have much sympathy for American order and values, so did not teach her son about such things.

Yet this "boy" has been elected president by the majority of the American people not once, but twice. Despite the objective fact that his presidency has worked tirelessly — though overt actions, inactions, or covert ones — to undermine the historical liberties, institutions, and interests, both domestic and foreign, of the American people.

Go figure!!! This result must have something to do with our fixation on the "bright, shiny object" — such as the watch a hypnotizing magician might use — whose sole purpose is to get us to suspend Reality in our consciences, to lull us out of any concerns we may have about the state of actual Reality in which we are totally rooted.... "The Venus Eye That Fascinates" stands before us.

Or rather, is sitting in the Oval Office.

Time to stop for now. Now, I shall just sit back and await the onslaught of screaming meemies coming out of the wordwork, to excoriate me for my "racist views," and to trivialize public discourse down to the level of complete insensibility and incomprehensibility.

But that's okay. Such people never grasp the main point anyway. Indeed, they are the mob deployed to ensure that the main point cannot be engaged in any kind of rational manner. Yet I, as a Christian, have to put up with these people — with as good a grace as I can muster, God willing.

Thank you ever so much for writing, dearest sister in Christ!

40 posted on 07/23/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop; All
Speaker Boehner keeps on writing Blank Checks to Obama to continue his personal pledge to “Fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a single-payer Communist State. It only take three people to run the US Federal Government: Boehner, (to write the blank checks), Reid, (to shutdown the Federal Government anytime that he doesn’t get his way), and Obama to do whatever he wants to do. The soft under belly of the USA is to keep a weak, crybaby Speaker of the House in power for years, and years, and years. The Democrat’s favorite tune might be the old popular that goes: “ - - - - This is so EASY - - - .” ______________ We do not have a Constitutional Republic anymore, what we have is an Oligarchy, according to Webster’s Dictionary: “Oligarchy - - - noun. 1.) a form of Government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons. 2.) a state governed in the way. 3.) the persons ruling such a state.” _______________ Oligarch Boehner writes the blank checks. Oligarch Reid pouts and shuts down the Federal Government every time that Boehner refuses to write even one blank check. Oligarch Obama plays and plays and plays. ____________________ BTW, it is rumored that Oligarch Obama has a bid on a 4.7 Million Dollar House in California. If this is true, then that house should be known as “The House that Oligarch Boehner Built for Oligarch Obama.”
41 posted on 07/23/2014 11:31:01 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Speaker Boehner keeps on writing Blank Checks to Obama to continue his personal pledge to “Fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a single-payer Communist State.

It only take three people to run the US Federal Government: Boehner, (to write the blank checks), Reid, (to shutdown the Federal Government anytime that he doesn’t get his way), and Obama to do whatever he wants to do.

The soft under belly of the USA is to keep a weak, crybaby Speaker of the House in power for years, and years, and years.

The Democrat’s favorite tune might be the old popular that goes: “ - - - - This is so EASY - - - .”

______________

We do not have a Constitutional Republic anymore, what we have is an Oligarchy, according to Webster’s Dictionary:

“Oligarchy - - - noun. 1.) a form of Government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.

2.) a state governed in the way.

3.) the persons ruling such a state.”

_______________

Oligarch Boehner writes the blank checks.

Oligarch Reid pouts and shuts down the Federal Government every time that Boehner refuses to write even one blank check.

Oligarch Obama plays and plays and plays.

____________________

BTW, it is rumored that Oligarch Obama has a bid on a 4.7 Million Dollar House in California.

If this is true, then that house should be known as “The House that Oligarch Boehner Built for Oligarch Obama.”


42 posted on 07/23/2014 11:32:24 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: servo1969
Great article, and thanks for posting.

Most of these points revolve around the assumption that holding the political sentiments of the Left absolves the holder of outrageous behaviors, many of which conflict directly with the principles that are ostensibly held. It isn't hypocrisy so much as a sort of moral nihilism.

And they do hate. Hatred is like a drug: it feels so good you don't realize it's eating you up. If there is a single signal characteristic of the progressive Left it is hatred, hatred of the status quo, hatred of anything it may label "oppression", hatred of any opposition, hatred that is constant, unrelenting, and so ingrained that the hater would have no personal identity without it.

Hatred, and absolution for actions resulting from it - that is a very dangerous, very destructive combination.

43 posted on 07/23/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Graewoulf; Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; hosepipe; marron; metmom; xzins; twyn1
...it is rumored that Oligarch Obama has a bid on a 4.7 Million Dollar House in California. If this is true, then that house should be known as “The House that Oligarch Boehner Built for Oligarch Obama.”

I share your angst, Graewoulf. I can see what has happened, and what is still happening, under the administration of this pro forma, ersatz president.

He's like a black hole, that inexorably draws the entire "universe" into its ego-maniacal maw....

We can agree to acknowledge this. But the burning question remains: What are We the People going to do about it? We supposedly are sovereign under our constitutional system. So why are we seemingly so willing to trade our sovereignty for a mess of pottage?

I have no clue what the explanation may be (other than my "bright, shiny object" theory); but this I know for sure: Culture precedes politics.

If the culture is destroyed, do not expect "good government," let alone constitutional government, American-style.

Which is why the progressive Left has devoted so much of its energy to undermining, to wrecking American culture over the past fifty years and more — through the mass media, the public schools and institutions of higher learning, the so-called "charities," and what passes for "the arts" these days....

The American people must have been sleepwalking through all of this....

I don't see any easy answers. What might work would be a restoration of the American public culture. But the elite movers-and-shakers would fight this tooth and nail, down to the last breath.

So, what to do? I figure that all I can personally manage is to (1) Stand on firm ground; and (2) Tell the truth.

If the problem is in the culture, then it almost doesn't matter what party you vote for, what candidates you elect. A deracinated, despiritualized popular culture cannot be expected to produce any kind of good political order.

Plato noticed this problem, roughly five hundred years before the birth of Christ. He was right then, and he's still right now.

Thank you so much for sharing your insights, Graewoulf!

44 posted on 07/23/2014 12:21:22 PM PDT by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop

What to do? “Encourage” y’alls US House Rep. to force Boehner to resign as Speaker.

They will be overjoyed to have their ears filled by y’all while they are on their August vacay.

Without the Boehner Blank Checks, the Impeachment of Obama can continue, in Regular Order.


45 posted on 07/23/2014 1:59:21 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf; Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; hosepipe; marron; metmom; xzins; twyn1
Without the Boehner Blank Checks, the Impeachment of Obama can continue, in Regular Order.

I'm with you there, dear Graewoulf. Boehner seems allergic by nature to any concept of "regular order." Which, by the way in his line of work, is fully specified by the U.S. Constitution as a duty imposed on him as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

This document turns out to be so perspicacious in its line of thinking, so anticipatory of current breaking events, on matters re: the body politic. And yet, the Framers could not possibly have anticipated such developments in their own time. Notwithstanding it is amazing to me how well their vision anticipates and "mirrors" Truth as it unfolds in the human historical experience that we call America.

And because they realized there were limits to their wisdom, the Framers put into the Constitution itself the very mode of its correction, should correction be needful under the pressure of evolving human events. It is called the Fifth Amendment....

But to me, more important is the reach of Article II. It seems exactly nobody wants to impeach this president (for failure to execute his constitutional oath of office in every respect). Simply put, he will not sign legislation drafted by his soi-dissant political enemies, who merely seek to redress the fundamental disturbances of American order that have increasingly become visible under his tenancy in the Oval Office....

In short, We the People have put the Consummate Thug in charge of the American future that our children and grandchildren will have to live in, and PAY for.....

But it has been said that the Framers did not write for their time alone, but for the ages.

If We the People can live with their wisdom, and propagate it, possibly all might work out "well" in the long run.

But let's give the hard-core Progressive Left its final say here in the matter, as expressed so eloquently by that amazing, notable economist of gay persuasion, John Maynard Keynes: "In the long run, we are all dead."

I gather this means Keynes suggested, in this profound statement, a really good excuse to hold a great, big party. Some sort of human mass bacchanalia, as it were.

This puts him in the party of those who believe the universe will finally expunge itself, destroy itself, in a "BANG," not a in a "WHIMPER."

I leave Keynes up to God.... HE will judge him, not me.

Must run for now. Thank you so very much for writing, dear Graewoulf!

46 posted on 07/23/2014 2:46:03 PM PDT by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop

America is Bewitched... bothered.. bewildered...

In love with a genius thats a moron...
Profiting from a man that HATES profit..

Listening to speeches of nonsense..
By a black man that is not black..
and has a white mother that was a skank..

The Affirmative President that is an Uncle Tom..
An Oreo controlled by white traitors..
voted for mostly by black bastards...
with questionable family structures..

I can hear the KKK laughing.. slapping legs... falling down..
It’s a disgusting thing to witness..


47 posted on 07/23/2014 2:59:10 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe; Graewoulf; Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; marron; metmom; xzins; twyn1
It’s a disgusting thing to witness..

And I can't say you've "misreported" anything in what you observed, or wrote.

There is an ancient Chinese proverb: "May you live in interesting times." Chinese who say this sort of thing are not wishing you well....

Indeed, on the Chinese definition here, we Americans are all living in "interesting times." They are "interesting" because they seem to play out from forces beyond our control.

But then, the Chinese, neither philosophically nor politically, have never set great store by the concept of the sacrosanct human individual....

They have no truck with the imago Dei....

Hugs, dear brother in Christ!

48 posted on 07/23/2014 3:16:12 PM PDT by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop
Indeed, he is the "Venus eye that fascinates." Thank you so much for your informative and illuminating essay-post, dearest sister in Christ!

All of which is to suggest that a young boy growing up in this milieu during his most formative years would have had no inkling about American society and culture — I do not believe that is a subject taught in an Indonesian madrassa. And it appears his mother didn't have much sympathy for American order and values, so did not teach her son about such things.

Yet this "boy" has been elected president by the majority of the American people not once, but twice. Despite the objective fact that his presidency has worked tirelessly — though overt actions, inactions, or covert ones — to undermine the historical liberties, institutions, and interests, both domestic and foreign, of the American people.

All I can figure is that the majority was driven by a guilt complex - as if this would make up for past wrongs.

I pray earnestly for our country.

49 posted on 07/23/2014 7:58:46 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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