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May 22, 2005

Leaving the Left - no longer abiding the simpering voices of self-styled progressives

A must read from Keith Thompson

Nightfall, Jan. 30. Eight-million Iraqi voters have finished risking their lives to endorse freedom and defy fascism. Three things happen in rapid succession. The right cheers. The left demurs. I walk away from a long-term intimate relationship. I'm separating not from a person but a cause: the political philosophy that for more than three decades has shaped my character and consciousness, my sense of self and community, even my sense of cosmos.

I'm leaving the left -- more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together.

I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives -- people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere -- reciting all the ways Iraq's democratic experiment might yet implode.

My estrangement hasn't happened overnight. Out of the corner of my eye I watched what was coming for more than three decades, yet refused to truly see. Now it's all too obvious. Leading voices in America's "peace" movement are actually cheering against self-determination for a long-suffering Third World country because they hate George W. Bush more than they love freedom.

Welcome to the reality side, Keith. And as pointed out later in the piece, it's not just GW they hate, but anyone politically right of them, especially elected officials (it seems to stick in their craw that the unwashed masses aren't listening close enough to Leftist Revealed Truth to vote "correctly").

Keith also has his own blog, Sane Nation and his website features a Q&A exploring in depth the theme presented in his SFGate column.

hattip Michelle Malkin

Posted by Darleen at May 22, 2005 10:06 AM