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A former leftist joins reality and makes amends.

May 11, 2009 – 13:11 | by Mark Urbin

From the American Thinker, a Letter of Amends from a Recovering Berkeley leftist.
Here are some of the highlights.

To my cousin Joe for calling you a traitor when you became an MBA, started holding a real job (as opposed to most of us Berkeley types who are psychotherapists, massage therapists and aromatherapists), and became a conservative, my bad.

To my goddaughter whom I told when she was l0 years old that Republicans were bad, Democrats were good (yes I really did say this), and who got confused and tearful because she lives in a suburb where most people are Republicans, kid, what in the world was I thinking?

To my leftist friends, with whom I agreed that 9/ll was the US’s fault, you and I were all such jerks.

To those potential friends whom I dumped when I found out you were conservative, your gain is my loss.

In February of 2008, I saw a new client, a bright and sensitive young woman who came in looking like she just escaped a war zone. In some ways she had; she had innocently shared with others at her job that she voted for Hillary rather than Obama. Immediately she was being targeted for abuse that put her in fear for not only her job, but her life.

We both suddenly became aware that something had grown really dark in the Democratic Party. I started hearing about many other incidents where loyal Democrats were being physically and emotionally threatened for supporting Hillary. A woman in Berkeley had her front window broken because it displayed a poster of Hillary.

When Geraldine Ferraro ran for Vice President, there was no debasement of her character, no sexual threats. But with Palin, a full scale “wilding” ensued that chillingly reminded me of the random sexual attacks on women by gangs of men in New York. She was called every vile name in the book by both male and female liberals.

Actress Sarah Bernhardt hoped a gang of black males would rape her. When Palin’s church was torched with children inside, the press was missing in action (somehow I imagine the press would have been all over this if Obama’s church were torched). Not only was the misogyny disgusting, but the classism was abhorrent. The Democrats, by ridiculing Palin’s voice and her education, were acting like arrogant snobs. The party had changed, I had changed, and the differences looked irreconcilable.

The peace and love and flower power of the old left was dead and gone (if it even existed to begin with except in my imagination). The Democrats had morphed into a power hungry Thought Police, and I was done with them. My new motto in life: don’t PC on me.

To use an old phrase, this classic liberal got mugged by the reality of where the far left has taken his party. He didn’t leave the democrat party, the democrat party left him as it moved to the extreme far left.

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  1. 4 Responses to “A former leftist joins reality and makes amends.”

  2. By Leslie Bates on May 11, 2009 | Reply

    I once said that I thought of the Democratic Party as a criminal gang.

    I was wrong.

    A criminal, or a gang of criminals, only seeks to live off of the other members of an existing society. What we have in the present leadership of the Democratic Party and those who worship their present leader is essentially a tribe of homegrown barbarians who seek to destroy the existing society.

  3. By Leslie Bates on May 12, 2009 | Reply

    “Our motto is… Apotheosis Now!”

  4. By MarkUrbin on May 12, 2009 | Reply

    Ann Coulter, a very smart lady, summed up what this former liberal is saying,

    “They win in the dark; we win in the light.”


    “A false argument should be refuted, not named. That’s the basic idea behind freedom of speech. Arguments by name-calling, rather than truth and light, can generally be presumed fraudulent.”

    The modern left doesn’t operate on facts, it operates on invoking emotional response and demonizing its political opponents. Dehumanizing them so anything they say can be dismissed.

    Rational thought and logic is not their strong point.

  5. By Leslie Bates on May 12, 2009 | Reply

    Rational thought and logic is not their strong point.

    There appears to be a tendency on their part to favor Voltairian Encouragement as debating technique.

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