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Mac





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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: How to Deprogram a Liberal in One Year or Less Reply with quote

Great article from American Thinker. Here's a link and a couple of teaser paragraphs... Enjoy!!

-Mac

How to Deprogram a Liberal in One Year Or Less
By Robin of Berkeley

So what do you do when you realize that everything you've ever thought and believed no longer worked for you? Where do you go when the bubble of progressive politics bursts in your face and you're left in the leftist place on earth? It seems that the choices are as follows: either you cling to your beliefs even more zealously and attack anyone who dares to disagree. Or, if you're like me, you embark on a journey of discovery and recovery.

I wrote another piece recently for American Thinker, a letter of amends to conservatives. In it I described why I transformed from a Berkeley leftist to a talk radio loving conservative the last 1 1/2 years. I realized the Democratic Party wasn't what I thought, that it had mutated into something mean and rough, and that I had probably been living in a fantasy world all along. I very much appreciated the outpouring of support, wisdom, and forgiveness from American Thinker readers.

Many said something to the effect of: Robin, congrats, but what in the world took you so long? So let me explain. I wasn't just your garden variety liberal who voted Democrat and that was about it. I was a true believer. A zealot. Like many leftists who had abandoned Judeo-Christian religion, I worshipped at the altar of liberalism. For instance, I never missed watching the Democratic National Convention. I watched every speech, with tissue box handy. (What kind of a freak was I anyway?) The Democratic Party symbolized hope, love, compassion, promise, everything that was good and holy in the world. I gave money, my time, my heart, my soul. I cried with joy when Democrats won; I was distraught when they lost.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'letter of amends' (linked at the original piece) is worth a read, but this definately the superior piece. Hopefully, she'll be able to help others deprogram from things like this: Michael Moore's New Documentary
Mac





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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FF_Canuck wrote:
The 'letter of amends' (linked at the original piece) is worth a read, but this definately the superior piece. Hopefully, she'll be able to help others deprogram from things like this: Michael Moore's New Documentary

I wonder what Moore's net worth is now? He's made a pretty good career out of spreading lies and slamming the rich...

-Mac
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or we can try using satire to illustrate how absurd their views are.

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.co.....ople-like/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These kinds of rational awakenings are too few and too far between. Good for her, but she will probably live the rest of her life and not be able to convince even one person of the error of their ways.

Most liberals of today, when it comes right down to it, would rather don a burkha and allow Rush Limbaugh to be beheaded than actually admit that the west and western values have led to anything good on this planet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwlafayette wrote:
Most liberals of today, when it comes right down to it, would rather don a burkha and allow Rush Limbaugh to be beheaded than actually admit that the west and western values have led to anything good on this planet.

I wish I could find a way to prove this assertion is wrong but... :(

-Mac
Libertas





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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some, but they're far and few between. Christopher Hitchens, Nick Cohen, Sam Harris, and Bernard Henri-Levy, being the most prominent.

Quote:
The antiwar isolationist "left" started by being merely "status quo": opposing regime change and hinting at moral equivalence between Bush's "terrorism" and the other sort. This conservative position didn't take very long to metastasize into a flat-out reactionary one, with Michael Moore saying that the Iraqi "resistance" was the equivalent of the Revolutionary Minutemen, Tariq Ali calling for solidarity with the "insurgents," and now Ms. Klein, among many others, wanting to bring the war home because any kind of anti-Americanism is better than none at all. These fellow-travelers with fascism are also changing ships on a falling tide: Their applause for the holy warriors comes at a time when wide swathes of the Arab and Muslim world are sickening of the mindless blasphemy and the sectarian bigotry. It took an effort for American pseudo-radicals to be outflanked on the left by Ayatollah Sistani, but they managed it somehow.


http://www.slate.com/id/2106324/


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should recognize the difference between what I'd term the "George Orwell Left" and the totalitarian relativist left. The first will be opposed to any government that infringes on liberties such as the right to freedom of speech, assembly, and thought. They will be generally opposed to theocratic and secular fascism as well as totalitarianism in the form of Stalinism. The latter group will be the first to praise Che Guevara, will fall in love with elected thugs like Hugo Chavez, and will be the biggest apologists for any regime that is anti-American and anti-capitalist.

Just an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HECI4QK_mXA
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