I was interviewed a few days ago by a gentleman from the University of North Carolina who was doing research on blogs and politics. We got to talking about the great divide between the left* and the right and I repeated to him a point I made some time last year: The left no longer have causes. They have anti-causes.
Being anti-everything makes for bitterness and anger, and it is increasingly evident that all of those negative vibes the left has been surrounding themselves with have gotten in the way of clear thinking and reason.
Back in the days when I was more of a liberal, the left stood for things. They were about clean air, protecting freedoms and getting along with the rest of the world. Somewhere along the line, their Kool-aid was injected with venom and they swallowed it in huge gulps, then asked for more. You can practically hear the liquid hate sloshing around in their bellies as they walk past you.
They don't care about the world anymore. They only care about their one, single agenda: hating and ridding the world of George W. Bush. These people aren't really for
John Kerry. They wouldn't care if he were Atilla the Hun or Jeffrey Dahmer; they crusade for him simply because he's not George Bush.
They secretly - and some not so secretly - rub their hands in glee every time a soldier is killed in Iraq or a bomb goes off somewhere and al Qaida is blamed. Another notch in their anti-George belt. They gloat about death, smirking over dead bodies and chanting their catch phrase of "I told you so."
Mostly, they blame. It seems that their number one priority is to take anything that goes wrong in the entire world and figure out a way to blame it on George Bush or the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. I imagine the key leaders of the movement sit in some dank basement, drinking chai tea, listening to old Peter, Paul and Mary albums and connecting the transparent dots.
Of course, yesterday's bombings
in Madrid are the fault of George
and the Underground Republican Coalition to Benefit from Death and Destruction. After all, that same group was responsible for 9/11
, right? They are the same people who killed Paul Wellstone
, the same people who looted the Iraqi museums
, the same people who got Ted Rall's comic
pulled from the New York Times. Busy people, these coaltion guys. Must be thousands of them in order to pull of such grand schemes.
Many months ago, I had a pleasant email exchange with the infamous Latuff
of Indymedia fame. I tried to see his point of view. I tried to put my mind where his was, to understand why he hated so much, why he was so callous
about the deaths of young children. I eventually agreed to disagree with him, but we never spoke again after those few emails. Nor do I think I ever will. I no longer want a glimpse into the mind of someone who creates something like this
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Oh, he wasn't the only one. Check the usual places
, the usual faces
. Somehow, someway, this is all Bush's fault and, mark the words of the left, Bush is going to profit off of this
. That's their mantra.
Whether or not the attacks yesterday were brough to you by al Qaida or ETA
, it doesn't change the fact that 200 people are dead. In the end, it doesn't really matter who packed those suitcases with dynamite, who placed them on the trains, who planted the van with the Quran near the bombing site. All that matters is we come together, pool our resources, hold hands in the fight against terrorism.
Well, that's not going to happen. Not when the left views our own leaders as terrorists. Not when they refuse to believe there are bad guys in the world who don't live in that big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue.
al-Qaida is coming to get us. Again. Make no bones about it, the wheels are already in motion and spinning fast. And that's why it sickens me to see people protest the money spent on the war on terror. There was a women at the protests yesterday, wrapped in an American flag and holding up a sign that said "Afordable Housing for the Homeless." Another had a sign that said "Feed them, don't bomb them." A young, earnest couple that looked like Woodstock refugees discussed root causes with a young, earnest reporter who drank their words like - well, like Kool-aid. Of course, they wouldn't want to kill us if we just had a heart for their plight and understood their motives. They just want peace, too!
Right. Who knew that killing hundreds of civilians on their way to work was a peace process? That's something I don't want to understand. Ever.
So, who benefits from these attacks? Who reaps the most rewards as a result of people dying and families being torn apart? Who stands to make the most ground in their underlying motives when innocent people get blown to bits?
The left. That's who.
They take each death as another reason to celebrate their hatred for Bush. They take each bomb, each explosion, each crashed airplane as a sign that they are right. Bush Lied, People Died, is how their saying goes. For every other casualty of war or terrorism (which really are one and the same), their theories and twisted lies get bigger and their voices get louder.
bq. "We bring the good news to Muslims of the world that the expected 'Winds of Black Death'
strike against America is now in its final stage...90 percent (ready) and God willing near."
That's what yesterday's alleged letter from al Qaida read.
Yet the left keep opposing the war on terror. They oppose our intolerance for radical Muslims. And all their bitter opposition sounds like cheers to to our enemies.
I stand next to these people
and I can sense the negativity. They sweat hatred. You can smell it. It smells like sulfur that hangs in the air when a match is been struck. You can feel it, too, like you can feel your hair stand up on the back of your neck when lightning is just about to strike.
On a day when 200 people lay dead, stuffed into black body bags
, waiting to be identified by relatives, a group of people stood outside an event where the president was and demanded we pull out of Iraq. They demanded that we understand Islam better. They demanded that we abolish Homeland Security and stop funding the war on terror.
They have no causes. They just have an agenda of subtraction. And every single thing they go on chanting about is based in selfishness. That and their hatred for Bush. Such a deep, vile hatred that they will do anything - even crusade for a man they don't find dignified in any way - just to rid the White House of their perceived enemy.
It's a sad state of affairs, really. I think of that boy
from last night, standing there holding the flag so defiantly, so proudly. I wonder what was going through his mind as he listened to those protesters calling his president a murderer. I wonder how, if at all, yesterday will shape his future.
I wonder if we have
a future. What is going to be left of us if an appeaser is voted into the White House just because he wasn't George Bush?
I hope I never find out.
: See also here.
: I moved the disclaimer up here because some people had a hard time with that "continue reading" link. Go figure.
*Disclaimer (in order to avoid the usual parade of comments and emails)
When I say "the left" I mean those who tend towards the farther end of the political line. I don't use the term "liberal" or "Democrat" as disparaging remarks - I use those words when I want to address the relatively sane people left of center. So when I use the term "the left" it generally means the tin foil crowd.