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    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/womans-top-10-reasons-i-am-no-longer-a-leftist-goes-viral

    Dr. Danusha V. Goska was a lifelong liberal who “could not conceive of ever being anything but a leftist.”

    Her fantastic column, “Top Ten Reasons I Am No Longer a Leftist,” details how and why her philosophies changed.

    From DownTrend:


    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.”

    Reading this anecdote, I felt that I was confronting the signature essence of my social life among leftists. We rushed to cast everyone in one of three roles: victim, victimizer, or champion of the oppressed. We lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude. I wanted to see others, not as victims or victimizers, but as potential friends, as loved creations of God. I wanted to understand the point of view of people with whom I disagreed without immediately demonizing them as enemy oppressors.

    I recently attended a training session for professors on a college campus. The presenter was a new hire in a tenure-track position. He opened his talk by telling us that he had received an invitation to share a festive meal with the president of the university. I found this to be an enviable occurrence and I did not understand why he appeared dramatically aggrieved. The invitation had been addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. X.” Professor X was a bachelor. He felt slighted. Perhaps the person who had addressed his envelope had disrespected him because he is a member of a minority group.

    Rolling his eyes, Prof. X went on to say that he was wary of accepting a position on this lowly commuter campus, with its working-class student body. The disconnect between leftists’ announced value of championing the poor and the leftist practice of expressing snobbery for them stung me. Already vulnerable students would be taught by a professor who regarded association with them as a burden, a failure, and a stigma.

    Barack Obama is president. Kim and Kanye and Brad and Angelina are members of multiracial households. One might think that professors finally have cause to teach their students to be proud of America for overcoming racism. Not so fast, Professor X warned. His talk was on microaggression, defined as slights that prove that America is still racist, sexist, homophobic, and ableist, that is, discriminatory against handicapped people.

    Professor X projected a series of photographs onto a large screen. In one, commuters in business suits, carrying briefcases, mounted a flight of stairs. This photo was an act of microaggression. After all, Professor X reminded us, handicapped people can’t climb stairs.

    I appreciate Professor X’s desire to champion the downtrodden, but identifying a photograph of commuters on stairs as an act of microaggression and evidence that America is still an oppressive hegemon struck me as someone going out of his way to live his life in a state of high dudgeon. On the other hand, Prof. X could have chosen to speak of his own working-class students with more respect.

    Yes, there is a time and a place when it is absolutely necessary for a person to cultivate awareness of his own pain, or of others’ pain. Doctors instruct patients to do this — “Locate the pain exactly; calculate where the pain falls on a scale of one to ten; assess whether the pain is sharp, dull, fleeting, or constant.” But doctors do this for a reason. They want the patient to heal, and to move beyond the pain. In the left, I found a desire to be in pain constantly, so as always to have something to protest, from one’s history of incest to the inability of handicapped people to mount flights of stairs.

    9) Selective Outrage

    I was a graduate student. Female genital mutilation came up in class. I stated, without ornamentation, that it is wrong.

    A fellow graduate student, one who was fully funded and is now a comfortably tenured professor, sneered at me. “You are so intolerant. Clitoredectomy is just another culture’s rite of passage. You Catholics have confirmation.”

    When Mitt Romney was the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, he mentioned that, as Massachusetts governor, he proactively sought out female candidates for top jobs. He had, he said, “binders full of women.” He meant, of course, that he stored resumes of promising female job candidates in three-ring binders.

    Op-ed pieces, Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show,” Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon posts erupted in a feeding frenzy, savaging Romney and the Republican Party for their “war on women.”

    I was an active leftist for decades. I never witnessed significant leftist outrage over clitoredectomy, child marriage, honor killing, sharia-inspired rape laws, stoning, or acid attacks. Nothing. Zip. Crickets. I’m not saying that that outrage does not exist. I’m saying I never saw it.

    The left’s selective outrage convinced me that much canonical, left-wing feminism is not so much support for women, as it is a protest against Western, heterosexual men. It’s an “I hate” phenomenon, rather than an “I love” phenomenon.

    8) It’s the thought that counts

    My favorite bumper sticker in ultra-liberal Berkeley, California: “Think Globally; Screw up Locally.” In other words, “Love Humanity but Hate People.”

    It was past midnight, back in the 1980s, in Kathmandu, Nepal. A group of Peace Corps volunteers were drinking moonshine at the Momo Cave. A pretty girl with long blond hair took out her guitar and sang these lyrics, which I remember by heart from that night:

    “If you want your dream to be,

    Build it slow and surely.

    Small beginnings greater ends.

    Heartfelt work grows purely.”

    I just googled these lyrics, thirty years later, and discovered that they are Donovan’s San Damiano song, inspired by the life of St. Francis.

    Listening to this song that night in the Momo Cave, I thought, that’s what we leftists do wrong. That’s what we’ve got to get right.

    We focused so hard on our good intentions. Before our deployment overseas, Peace Corps vetted us for our idealism and “tolerance,” not for our competence or accomplishments. We all wanted to save the world. What depressingly little we did accomplish was often erased with the next drought, landslide, or insurrection.

    Peace Corps did not focus on the “small beginnings” necessary to accomplish its grandiose goals. Schools rarely ran, girls and low caste children did not attend, and widespread corruption guaranteed that all students received passing grades. Those students who did learn had no jobs where they could apply their skills, and if they rose above their station, the hereditary big men would sabotage them. Thanks to cultural relativism, we were forbidden to object to rampant sexism or the caste system. “Only intolerant oppressors judge others’ cultures.”

    I volunteered with the Sisters of Charity. For them, I pumped cold water from a well and washed lice out of homeless people’s clothing. The sisters did not want to save the world. Someone already had. The sisters focused on the small things, as their founder, Mother Teresa, advised, “Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.” Delousing homeless people’s clothing was one of my few concrete accomplishments.

    Back in 1975, after Hillary Rodham had followed Bill Clinton to Arkansas, she helped create the state’s first rape crisis hotline. She had her eye on the big picture. What was Hillary like in her one-on-one encounters?

    Hillary served as the attorney to a 41-year-old, one of two men accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. The girl, a virgin before the assault, was in a coma for five days afterward. She was injured so badly she was told she’d never have children. In 2014, she is 52 years old, and she has never had children, nor has she married. She reports that she was afraid of men after the rape.

    A taped interview with Clinton has recently emerged; on it Clinton makes clear that she thought her client was guilty, and she chuckles when reporting that she was able to set him free. In a recent interview, the victim said that Hillary Clinton “took me through Hell” and “lied like a dog.” “I think she wants to be a role model… but I don’t think she’s a role model at all,” the woman said. “If she had have been, she would have helped me at the time, being a 12-year-old girl who was raped by two guys.”

    Hillary had her eye on the all-caps resume bullet point: FOUNDS RAPE HOTLINE.

    cont.
  2. SubscriberSuzianne
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    05 Mar '17 06:31
    Good God.

    A rebel without a clue.
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    05 Mar '17 07:491 edit
    she's right, long rambling incohesive slobbery drool.
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    05 Mar '17 13:35
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    she's right, long rambling incohesive slobbery drool.
    Did you read the whole thing? It would not let me post anymore of it. I especially enjoyed the bit about God and the DNC.
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    05 Mar '17 13:35
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Good God.

    A rebel without a clue.
    Yes, but there is still hope for you Suzy!
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    05 Mar '17 13:50
    Originally posted by whodey
    Did you read the whole thing? It would not let me post anymore of it. I especially enjoyed the bit about God and the DNC.
    Great that she is out of the Matrix, sad it took so long....

    6) I believe in God.

    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.
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    05 Mar '17 14:04
    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    Great that she is out of the Matrix, sad it took so long....

    6) I believe in God.

    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 alternat ...[text shortened]... ry fills with the worst totalitarian nightmares, the rough beast that slouches toward Bethlehem.
    It is as if she was hanging out on this forum.
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    05 Mar '17 15:43
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/womans-top-10-reasons-i-am-no-longer-a-leftist-goes-viral

    Dr. Danusha V. Goska was a lifelong liberal who “could not conceive of ever being anything but a leftist.”

    Her fantastic column, “Top Ten Reasons I Am No Longer a Leftist,” details how and why her philosophies changed.

    From DownTrend:


    How far left was I? ...[text shortened]... guys.”

    Hillary had her eye on the all-caps resume bullet point: FOUNDS RAPE HOTLINE.

    cont.
    If you had any idea how stupid all this sounded, you'd just leave.
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    05 Mar '17 16:01
    Originally posted by mchill
    If you had any idea how stupid all this sounded, you'd just leave.
    Since he doesn't, he won't.
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    05 Mar '17 16:13
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Since he doesn't, he won't.
    Only leftist should stick around. Places like this exist so that liberals can complain and agree with each other. It is a small version of the society they wish to create.

    Sick and totalitarian group of people who parade around as those who as being open minded.
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    05 Mar '17 16:37
    Originally posted by mchill
    If you had any idea how stupid all this sounded, you'd just leave.
    The Hillary tapes are available on the internet and listening to them it's painfully clear she does not say or claim or insinuate whatever these right wingers keep claiming. This has been pointed out many times, and Whodey is entirely aware or this.

    Whodey does not care how stupid, untrue or misguided anything he writes sounds. He isn't interested in truth at all. He's a partizan nutcase who will attack "the left" with anything he can find or gets told and will repost the same nonsense over and over again.

    Trump was right; if he'd shoot someone point blank, idiots like Whodey would still be more concerned with writing lies about "the left".
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    05 Mar '17 17:16
    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    You will discover an alternate vocabulary in which Jesus is a “dead Jew on a stick” .
    That's standard Nazi talk. You see that sort of talk on Stormfront.
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    05 Mar '17 17:241 edit
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    That's standard Nazi talk. You see that sort of talk on Stormfront.
    You forget that the right wing clowns here say that the Nazis were leftists because they had the word "Socialist" in their party name.

    They must also think that North Korea is "Democratic"; it says so right in the country's name!http://www.korea-dpr.com/
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    05 Mar '17 19:10
    This thread may be among the top 10 reasons why I gave up on whodey.
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    05 Mar '17 19:11
    Originally posted by no1marauder
    You forget that the right wing clowns here say that the Nazis were leftists because they had the word "Socialist" in their party name.

    They must also think that North Korea is "Democratic"; it says so right in the country's name!http://www.korea-dpr.com/
    Personally, I say leftists are like Nazis because leftists wish to manage their population as if they were cattle. Establishment right does the same.

    Leftists also tend to support Muslims who want to wipe out Jews so there is that connection too.
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