Don’t Abandon the Left

It is increasingly concerning to me how many people are joining the “I used to be left-wing” group. Of course, 99% of the time, the reasoning is that the left has been hijacked by its worst members. I understand the frustration – trust me, I fully feel this frustration – but abandoning your principles for another set of principles simply because the other set is correct about a select few social issues … is retarded. In my opinion, it proves you don’t have principles to begin with.

Let me explain something that should be obvious to all…

First of all, both the left and the right have their lunatics. The Left has social justice warriors and progressives. The Right has the Tea Party, hicks, rednecks, gun nuts, Fox News, the Westboro Baptist Church, neo-Nazis, the KKK, etc.

Abandoning the left entirely simply because one particular group has forcibly seized the face of it is also ignorant. Both sides have many different groups within them. Of course they do! If there are only two sides to the political spectrum, and there are billions of people on planet Earth, then obviously the two sides are going to have many, many subgroups. No two people think the exact same way. I’ve used this example many times, and I will again: Hippies and Antifa are both part of the left, but just try to explain with a straight face how they behave the same. You can’t, because they are nothing alike. So, just because they are both part of the left, that doesn’t mean they are anything alike.

Progressives and liberals hate each other. When progressives first started to rise, when they started claiming that everything in society is bigoted towards minorities and women, guess who the first – the very first – people to oppose them were. The correct answer is: Liberals! Before anyone on the Right started hearing the nonsense that comes out of the mouths of progressives, liberals were already on the case, like white blood cells attacking an infectious disease within the body. Except, liberals eventually realized that progressives weren’t any mere illness to the body, we realized we were fighting a cancer, and that we were going to need a lot more firepower to fight this cancer. Liberals started allying themselves with center-right conservatives for this very reason. Sure, we disagree on issues like abortion, gay marriage, marijuana, global warming, religion, etc., but at least we were (and still are) united on one thing: the progressive movement needs to be stopped.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

So, don’t be like Candace Owens (who I think is an idiot). Don’t abandon the left simply because this cancer has spread. Progressives are not the entire left by a long shot. Don’t submit to the many ignorant views of the right simply because progressives claim to speak for everybody on the left. Don’t be like Candace Owens, who buys into whatever the Right says, all because progressives chased her away from the left. Suddenly she thinks global warming is a myth, suddenly she’s against all abortions, and calls for the deportation of all undocumented immigrants, because now she just hates anything that any part of the left stands for.

Don’t trade one extreme for another. Don’t completely rewrite your principles simply because some people have distorted them. Don’t deal with the problem at hand by joining a group that’s only very slightly better. Liberal principles still, and always will, have the moral and intellectual high ground over any other ideology, and those who serve liberal principles are trying our best to reclaim control of the left.

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Abandon the Left

  1. I’d recommend leaving the label liberal behind, or adding the qualifier of classical, Progressive co-opted that label, into the confusion of the guy you’re commenting back to probably comes from that, he doesn’t get what you mean when you say they hate each other because they him they’re the same thing. The most people they’re the same thing, a liberal is a progressive is a liberal because Progressive Jack’d the label for their own purposes. That’s why so many classical liberals actually falling the right now, because the left went further left. Based on what I’m reading anyways, if I’m wrong the other commenter can correct me.

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      1. I did. I’m an ex-Democrat, but every registered with the Republicans because I don’t believe in half measures, and because the GOP under Trump has been reinvented to Encompass and include people like you and me. That doesn’t mean you have to join up, obviously, but there’s all the reason in the world to if you ask me. That’s why I did. And I don’t compromise on my opinions even when it comes to Republicans, still not a fan of Busch at all, Stihl viciously opposed to us ever having gone into Iraq, hell, I’m pretty much the same as I was when I was opposed to Republicans, I didn’t change, but the party’s did.

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      2. I’ve never been loyal to either party. Joining a party is tribalism incarnate. No one can deny that both parties have changed, but that’s what happens with the pendulum. It swung left, which means those on the right are closer to the center and those on the left moved even further left. As of now, the Republicans are the more liberal party, but I’ll never completely side with them, just like I never completely sided with the Democrats.

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      3. Tribalism has nothing to do with the party system, intrinsically, Democrats have created that impression because tribalism is what their party has embraced. I’m pretty much on the same page as you are, personally, except that the element of the parties that will never change are the DC elites. THAT is who I’m not loyal to. The politicians and activists define each party though, and as it’s defined in the present era with Trump in office as our primary representative, he’s created a party of individualism, reglious rights (for the irreverent like me and you just as well as for Christians, who (after their authoritarian streak in the 80’s and 90’s as the ‘religious right’) have largely learned to live and let live, and that’s all I ever wanted from them when I stood opposed to them.

        I will never be a party loyalist, will never back McConnel or Paul Ryan or Jeff Flake or anyone of the like just because they have an “R” next to their name, but strategically speaking this year I want to the Democrats to finally realize that not only did they lose 2016, they DESERVED to lose, so this year I’m voting straight Republican. After that, anyone who’s a sell out, a puppet of behind the scenes donors and special interest groups, anyone who stands opposed to Trump’s ‘America 1st’ outlook and policies, is someone I’m going to be voting against. But now that I’m registered as a Republican (was a Democrat ever since I turned 18, re-registered with the GOP to vote for Trump in the primaries after I’d taken a few months to decide who, if anyone, I was going to be rooting for), and in spite of my blanket GOP vote this year for strategic “drain the swamp” reasons, I will gladly and viciously oppose the sell outs and shills in Washington whenever they get in the way. The difference between the 2 parties atm imo, the Democrats were corrupt, the “we the people” element on the left wanted Bernie but couldn’t get a foothold. The anti-establishment “we the people” element on the right, however, successfully co-opted the party from DC elites when we elected Trump. GOP establishment didn’t want him any more that the Democrats. Whether they like it or not (and they don’t like it at all), their “grand old party” was highjacked by the collaboration of Donald Trump and enough of the American people to win the 2016 election. So one party, even though it’s an uphill climb, now has a dominant faction calling the shots that represents the bulk of Americans: the GOP in the Trump era. The other party, Democrat voters tried to achieve the same but a) made the mistake of embracing socialism as an alternative to the corporatist, sell out Democrat politicians and b) couldn’t get their foot in the door, the DNC was so corrupt Clinton was able to basically buy the nomination. Given that, for now and for the foreseeable future, I not only side with the GOP but will actively campaign for, commentate on, and fight for the agenda Trump has defined in his campaigning, and in his presidency. I’m not a sycophant to Trump either, I do disagree with him every now and then, but agree with him on 90% of the issues and campaign tactics (e.g. his tweeting is fantastic imo), so will oppose Republicans 100% of the time when they oppose him, which is quite often. Lots of infighting with the DC elites agenda versus the agenda of we the people, but at least on the GOP side we the people have some actual traction. The DNC was too far gone by 2016 to gain any, they locked out any threats to their power. Republicans tried the same, repeatedly tried to bring Trump down even after he won the GOP nomination, but the difference (and redemption of the GOP for the foreseeable future) is that they failed. We won.

        Just some food for thought for you 😉 .

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  2. “Progressives and liberals hate each other.” I’ve been hanging out with liberals and progressives my entire life, and I never met any who hated each other. They bickered and disagreed and maybe liberals thought progressives were unrealistic about how much could get done and progressives worried that nothing would get done before it was too late, but your entire narrative exaggerates the issue.

    I have also never met a liberal who would vote for the GOP just to spite progressives. There are some swing voters who vote Republican during the good times because they aren’t liberal on social issues and then when the GOP drives the economy into the ditch they vote Democrat to pick up the mess, but they aren’t liberal in the sense of the 40% of voters who will always vote Democrat (or conservative in the sense of the 40% who will always vote Republican).

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    1. I don’t really know how you can think that they don’t hate each other. Perhaps this is the case in your personal life, but this is virtually all I see in articles and videos. The amount of hate progressives give people like Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin and Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), all of whom are liberals, is staggering. They’re called far-right when they’re not even on the right. Also, plenty of liberals would vote right-wing to spite progressives, and I might be one of them in the near future. The Democrats are going further left, pushing for socialism, probably even communism before long, and ending the ‘gender wage gap’ which doesn’t even exist, etc. And don’t even get me started on what’s happening in Europe. I blame progressives for Antifa. I blame progressives for the rise in popularity for socialism and communism. It’s heartbreaking to have to vote against your team, but it’s necessary when your side has lost its mind.

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