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Why the left is always wrong: Craige McMillan details why socialists, Democrats confused
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2001 | Craige McMillan

Posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:58 PM PST by JohnHuang2

WND Exclusive Commentary
Why the left is always wrong


© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com

Enough of living laws
That Adam and Eve have left.
Hustle old history's horse
Left! Left! Left!
– Sergei Mayakovsky

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
– Proverbs 14:12

The political left is like a television weatherman who never seems to get it right. Day after day, they shout their pronouncements in our ear, and demand that we take note of their fancy maps, which they broadcast for all the nation to see. Day after day we alter the way we dress and act, taking into account their pronouncements. And day after day, they are wrong.

The results of their political jet streams, creating pockets of highs and lows across the nation can be amusing, confusing or downright dangerous. It depends on how much we listen to what they say. Here are some good reasons to take their forecasts with a grain of salt.

Feeling over fact. The left is ruled by their emotions. While empathy is commendable in our relationships with others, and sympathy is often warranted, it is a disastrous recipe for national policy. Our humanness – the very thing that separates us from the beasts of the field – is our ability to think and reason. Dominated by oftentimes conflicting emotions, the left disdains thought because it undermines their position on almost every imaginable issue. An example? Even after 9-11, pro-immigration groups are arguing for more porous national borders, and recommend against further scrutiny for applicants coming from Arab and Muslim countries. The reason? It might make those subjected to such scrutiny "feel" bad. Whether the rest of us "feel" alive or dead doesn't seem to enter into their equation.

Historical ignorance. History is the fossilized record of human experience, engraved in the words and deeds of the past. Through history, we learn how great nations became that way, and how insignificant nations faded from view. We learn what good government looks like, and what bad government feels like. We learn how businesses, charities and institutions have succeeded and failed. And we learn how individuals overcame what seemed insurmountable handicaps to rise above the crowd in both their accomplishments and their gifts to humanity.

Each generation typically reexamines history for itself. Yet only the leftist academic concubines of the ivory tower start with the premise that history is wicked because it doesn't support their views – and then fashion their "research" to destroy its relevance for the rest of us. One example: gun control. Michael Bellesiles' "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" relies on research by the author into early American firearms ownership that has been shown to be a complete fraud. Even his ivory-tower neighbors have now asked that he support his "evidence" or retract his "findings." One suspects this is less because he was wrong and more because he got caught.

Cause and effect. Because the left is dominated by volatile emotions and disdains the past, they are unable to connect the dots of cause and effect that permeate society. Leftists live in the world of perpetual present, their actions informed by immediate emotions and chemically-induced mood swings. Ignorant of the past and oblivious to the future, they have no reason to examine the chain of events known as cause and effect. Thus their decisions and policies fluctuate wildly, zigging and zagging across the national landscape as they chase feel-good solutions to momentary disruptions in the ether. As good-hearted as they appear, the well-being of future generations never appears on their radar screens.

These are three powerful reasons why the left is almost always wrong. You probably know of others. But there is one final reason: They ignore the one true God, who has revealed himself and his son, Jesus Christ, and explained the workings of his Holy Spirit through the historical record contained in the Bible. Since God is by definition all knowing, all powerful and all present, we cannot understand our past, our present or our future without understanding what He has said about us and Himself. Western civilization is based upon this record, contained in the Bible. No society has ever transcended its religious foundations. The events of 9-11 have given each of us a vision of a society based on another holy book. We should give serious thought to what that means for our future.



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1 posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:58 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Hugh Akston; xm177e2; mercy; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ladyinred...
heads up
2 posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:58 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
heckle the left!!
3 posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:58 PM PST by GeronL
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To: JohnHuang2
BTTT
4 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:02 PM PST by Mr. Mulliner
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To: JohnHuang2
He had me untill I got to. They ignore the one true God, who has revealed himself and his son, Jesus Christ,. Now he is another christian fundie foaming at the mouth.
5 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:03 PM PST by Libertarian_4_eva
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To: JohnHuang2
Another great one Sir John....thanks.

Nam Vet

6 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:03 PM PST by Nam Vet
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To: Libertarian_4_eva
With all due respect....your DISrespect is all wet. I used to think I had a lot of libertarian in me until I read a lot of the libertarians replies on various threads. If I'm wrong about the libertarian view, please educate me.

Nma Vet

7 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:04 PM PST by Nam Vet
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To: JohnHuang2
This is excellent !!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for ping. WOW this is good !!
8 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:04 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: JohnHuang2
This is a good one!
9 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:04 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Libertarian_4_eva; ppaul; JohnHuang2
so he was right until he mentioned God and then he was a fanatic?? Sounds like your the fanatic.
10 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:04 PM PST by GeronL
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To: JohnHuang2
John, you hit a heart string with this post. Thank you, Sir!

Regards, Mark Davis

11 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:04 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Nam Vet
Another great one Sir John....thanks.

Yes, John is a gentleman who loves his country. My guess is that he's over 40 years old and probably served his country in the military.

I'm a 51 year old guy who just found FR a few weeks ago. I love this site. I'm still trying to figure out what "bbwwwaaaaaa bwaaaa bwaaa" means though. I have two grown kids who used to do this when they were still in diapers.

12 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:04 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Libertarian_4_eva
you agreed with 99.9% of what he wrote but he's a christian fundementalist, foaming at the mouth, because he mentioned God.

that means your a libertarian fundementalist, you even attack and demean people who agree with you 99% of the time!

13 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:05 PM PST by GeronL
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To: JohnHuang2
My leftie past makes me cringe when I think about it. Where once I was blind, now I can see.
14 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:05 PM PST by Colosis
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To: Cobra64
BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAH!!!!!!! is evil Movie-monster laughter. Just don't ask about the cheese. And if a moose bites your sister, that's your own problem.
15 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:05 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: JohnHuang2
Bookmarked. Thanks.

BUMP!

16 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:06 PM PST by ppaul
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To: JohnHuang2
Jay Nordlinger: Who Cares About Cuba? "Human rights cannot exist without God."

[Excerpt] Robert Conquest points out that Western defenders of the Soviet Union were "always more anti-American than they were pro-Soviet"; so it is in the case of Cuba. Jeane Kirkpatrick finds it astonishing that "some of our elites are actually proud of their indifference to Cuba's victims, or China's, or Burma's. It is in bad taste, intellectually, to give much thought to these victims." And "frankly, there is something perverse about the hostility to anti-Communists." We saw in the Elian affair, she says, that Cubans in the United States are close to a pariah community…….

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Valladares has a ready answer to this business of "good things," given with patience and weariness: Say these things have been accomplished (which is laughable, but leave that aside). Could they not have been accomplished without torturing people? Without imprisoning them? Without denying them all rights? Is material well-being incompatible with human freedom? Besides which, few people go out of their way to stress the material achievements of other dictators; autobahns and so forth. The likes of Jose Serrano do not pause to acknowledge Chile's economic explosion. And then there is the matter of Castro's sheer longevity as dictator. Says Valladares, "I was talking to an American, A Democrat, the other day. I said to him, 'How would you like it if Richard Nixon got to be president for over forty years?' The man almost shrieked in horror." …………

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The oppositionists and their supports are extraordinarily, even disturbingly, grateful for any sincere attention they receive. They are accustomed to being snubbed or defamed. Another exile writes, "Prisoners cling to newspaper articles about human rights in Cuba as their only hope against being abandoned and forgotten. The sense of helplessness, that no one is listening, that no one cares, is what kills their souls. I've known many such people, including within my own family."

Back in the Reagan years, Jeane Kirkpatrick became a heroine in the Soviet Union for the simple act of naming names on the floor of the U.N.: naming the names of prisoners, citing their cases, inquiring after their fates. Later, in Moscow, she met Andrei Sakharov, who exclaimed, "Kirkpatski, Kirkpatski! I have so wanted to meet you and thank you in person. Your name is known in all the Gulag." And why was that? Because she had named those names, giving men and women in the cells a measure of hope. Kirkpatrick says now, "This much I have learned: It is very, very important to say the names, to speak them. It's important to go on taking account as one becomes aware of the prisoners and the torture they undergo. It's terribly important to talk about it, write about it, go on TV about it." A tyrannical regime depends on silence, darkness. "One of their goals is to make their opponents vanish. They want not only to imprison them, they want no one to have heard of them, no one to know who or where they are. So to just that extent, it's tremendously important that we pay attention." [End Excerpt]

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez , Rene Montes de Oca Martija, Jose Orlando Gonzalez Bridon, Vladimiro Roca, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, and Maritza Lugo Fernandez Bernardo Arevalo Padron, there are thousands of others and it is important to say their names.

17 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:10 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez , Rene Montes de Oca Martija, Jose Orlando Gonzalez Bridon, Vladimiro Roca, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, and Maritza Lugo Fernandez, Bernardo Arevalo Padron there are thousands of others and it is important to say their names.

The Left doesn't care about the lives left in their wake.

18 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:10 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JohnHuang2; cyn; Alamo-Girl; Weirdad; Faith; Wait4Truth
John-GREAT ARTICLE! Good synopsis of leftist thinking. And I loved the last part-WOW!
19 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:34 PM PST by Republic
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To: JohnHuang2
A question I've been asking lately is, after all the (countless) time these jerks have been wrong why do people still listen to them, other than the comedy value they are just a waste of prefectly good dna.
Seriously I been trying to think of when they've been right about anything in the last..oh say 40 yrs?
20 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:34 PM PST by Valin
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To: Republic
"leftist thinking" = oxymoron.
21 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:47 PM PST by DE50AE
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To: JohnHuang2
Thanks again, my friend.
22 posted on 11/16/2001 1:15:48 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Libertarian_4_eva
He had me untill I got to. They ignore the one true God, who has revealed himself and his son, Jesus Christ,. Now he is another christian fundie foaming at the mouth.

As someone who also calls himself libertarian I have one question- Why?
There is nothing incompatible with religion and libertarianism. Darwin was a religious man, does this, in your view mean that his theory is incorrect? Einstein was also a religious person. I guess that means he was just a foaming at the mouth Jew? Come on, you're giving the rest of us a bad name. Maybe in the future you should give it a few minutes before you post.
Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt, eh?

23 posted on 11/16/2001 1:16:03 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: JohnHuang2
Excellent article, enhanced by thought provoking posts. One thing I have noticed, Bill Moyers is one that comes to mind, is the leftists/liberals have for the past decade done everything in their power to simply appear to be "mainstream". Their strategy, as the DNC has made obvious to most, has been to try an shift the publics entire frame of reference to the left, by demonizing the right. There are extremist right wingers, but they are few and not in the mainstream of American life. We have all heard about how Clinton was a "moderate" until we want to throw things at the TV set. This facade had not been well maintained, and is falling away as of late. The atrocity of 9/11 seems to have literally smoked out some of the more leftist-anti American types, and they appear rather naked and foolish standing alone in the spotlight. Moyer's silly "Taliban" comments come to mind... a bit of a shock to some who might have given the man more credit, for not being a leftist and thereby not merely a mouthpiece for standard leftist talking points.
24 posted on 11/16/2001 1:16:27 PM PST by Richard Axtell
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To: Republic
Thanks for the heads up!
25 posted on 11/16/2001 1:16:41 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Richard Axtell
The atrocity of 9/11 seems to have literally smoked out some of the more leftist-anti American types, and they appear rather naked and foolish standing alone in the spotlight.

Boy, Richard, that is dead-on. Some of us have been praying for an exposure of the leftists who so control the reporting of events, and it would appear that those prayers are being answered both left and right....(ie McCain, billy kristol, etc.)

26 posted on 11/16/2001 1:16:48 PM PST by Republic
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To: JohnHuang2
I commented yesterday, on a thread about why there are so many liberal women, that it is because they don't think, they "feel".

The author misses a major point in the article, though. The liberal "feel good" message has a purpose, control. Everything that the elite left says or does is aimed at control of the masses. It is much easier to appeal to the emotions, than it is to appeal to the logic of the masses. Logic is anathema to the left.

If you look at some of the causes that the left embraces you can easily see that their true purpose is control and that environmentalism, women's rights (abortion), animal rights, social welfare are merely the tools. The left creates emotional hysteria to convince the weak (minded) that they are the victims of a selfish society gone wrong, that they must pass legislation to control those stronger elements of society which are moving ahead and leaving them behind.

The left has devised an ingenious plan to secure power. They are using all the emotional issues that they can engender to force the population into the cities where they can be more easily controlled and where the elections can be more easily controlled as well, thus ensuring themselves of a lengthy tenure.

27 posted on 11/16/2001 1:16:58 PM PST by Eva
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To: JohnHuang2
bttt
28 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:01 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: Republic; Cincinatus' Wife
"Some of us have been praying for an exposure of the leftists who so control the reporting of events, and it would appear that those prayers are being answered both left and right...."

AMEN! I am glad -- relieved, in fact -- to see the battle is now more (though of course not completely) overt. Anyone who does not see, CHOOSES not to see, what is at stake now is shown for what he is. The real nightmare that we here have shared has been the willful ignorance of the liberals and godless over the past __ years.

BUMP for your post, Cw, we do not forget. It still hurts.

29 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:44 PM PST by cyn
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To: JohnHuang2
I think, therefore, I am...right.
30 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:45 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: JohnHuang2
They can't defeat us mentally, so they call us names.

BUMP

31 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:45 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
Cause and effect. Because the left is dominated by volatile emotions and disdains the past, they are unable to connect the dots of cause and effect that permeate society. Leftists live in the world of perpetual present, their actions informed by immediate emotions and chemically-induced mood swings. Ignorant of the past and oblivious to the future, they have no reason to examine the chain of events known as cause and effect. Thus their decisions and policies fluctuate wildly, zigging and zagging across the national landscape as they chase feel-good solutions to momentary disruptions in the ether. As good-hearted as they appear, the well-being of future generations never appears on their radar screens.

The left is blind eye to reality and gullible-fishy---hooked on its own bias...fun to play with!

32 posted on 11/16/2001 1:21:47 PM PST by f.Christian
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To: Libertarian_4_eva; JohnHuang2
JH2 - thanks for posting this excellent article and for the flag.

Libertarian_4_eva, regarding your statement, "He had me untill I got to. They ignore the one true God, who has revealed himself and his son, Jesus Christ,. Now he is another christian fundie foaming at the mouth".

I am surprised the beginning did not also bother you:

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
– Proverbs 14:12

God inspired that proverb, I think, precisely out of love for people who have your self-sufficient view; and also out of love for people, like me, who if God had not saved and helped, could have easily walked the same way leading unto spiritual death.

It the author really foaming at the mouth in this article? Hardly. Do you think that he is faking and is insincere in the belief that he expresses? If so, perhaps it would qualify as foaming at the mouth. But if he really believes what he says, then how could you respect him if he wrote his opinion dishonestly? It's his premise that you disagree with, that God exists and that Jesus is God and that people are supposed to let Him be their God.

I would be real surprised to hear that you believe, as do Christians, that Jesus is God. Anyone who based their life on something you don't believe must be crazy, and should not be listened to. And I believe that you do not like the way that many Christians act, and that you wish that you did not have to deal with Christianity or Christians.

I won't speculate on why you have such views. But I will say this: Libertarians should not be afraid to look for the Truth, and if they find it, to grab onto it and run with it. How hard have you really looked? As 'libertarians' are to 'liberals', so are 'activist Christians' to 'activist non-believers'. We see "The Big Lie" thrown our way all the time, we see the "at the man" attacks, the distortions, and the constant attempts to paint us as somehow less than human "foaming at the mouth"  creatures. And we see people unable to face what to us are obvious truths. "Feeling over fact...Historical ignorance...Cause and effect." It is completely transparent to us. And we are flabbergasted at such unbelieving narrow-mindedness, until God reminds us that without His grace through Jesus, we would be no different and also would not believe. When you cannot accept a premise, anyone living a life based on that premise will appear to be a fool, so it does not surprise me that you think Christian Fundamentalists foam at the mouth.

So to Christian readers, the end of the article came naturally and smoothly along, and we in fact, because of the logic in  the first part of the article, were already thinking it:

"But there is one final reason [why the left is almost always wrong]: They ignore the one true God, who has revealed himself and his son, Jesus Christ, and explained the workings of his Holy Spirit through the historical record contained in the Bible. Since God is by definition all knowing, all powerful and all present, we cannot understand our past, our present or our future without understanding what He has said about us and Himself. Western civilization is based upon this record, contained in the Bible."

I wish you the very, very best.

33 posted on 11/16/2001 1:22:09 PM PST by Weirdad
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To: Libertarian_4_eva
You sir, and libertarians like you, are the reason why Libertarian candidates consistently get less votes than Mickey Mouse.
34 posted on 11/16/2001 1:22:12 PM PST by P-Marlowe
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