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LEFTIST VERSUS LIBERAL—A VANISHING DISTINCTION?

October 31, 2020

I’ve lost 2 childhood friends simply by posting my views. A third, despite past agreements on immigration and law enforcement, maintains steadfastly that he can’t stand Trump and will be voting for Biden. He proudly considers himself a centrist and underscored this with the statement that he feels California has been governed too left for too long and felt my time would be better spent thinking of ways to instantiate more right-wing governance for balance. When I questioned how he could then wish the same fate for the country, he took umbrage and used my own formulation of a Leftist filter against me, clearly implying he thinks I’ve become an ideologue. Like the my other left-of-center friends and family, he’s smart, so this engenders in me a feeling of cognitive dissonance, and yet another reassessment of the validity of my current beliefs. Each time this journey has become shorter.

The dichotomy between Left and Right has become so great, it’s now hard to imagine a middle. I cannot reconcile a true liberal voting a Biden/Harris ticket. I could understand, although (the stakes being what they are) would disagree with, a symbolic write-in vote or abstention. The true, or witting, Leftist believes we’re a systemically racist unjust nation in need of fundamental change, has lukewarm support for or is downright antagonistic toward law enforcement, believes in equity over equality of opportunity, and has no compunction about changing the rules of government (i.e., trashing the Constitution) if it serves the purpose, and that the judiciary should be activist in this regard. They are complicit in hiding and distorting facts that don’t support the cause, and willing to prevaricate outright in its service. They minimize or support violence when it furthers the agenda. Many old-school liberals, as their party has acquiesced to the extreme elements, don’t share the core beliefs of the far Left, but absent another home and saturated by the disinformation with little or no exposure to the other side (or repeated hyperbolic misrepresentations of it), go along. I consider them the unwitting Left. So, by this definition, an unwillingness to vote Biden/Harris would distinguish the witting and unwitting Left from the liberal.

The bottom line is, either I’m in a Rightist bubble surrounded by my filters, essentially the cult member that CNN’s anchor Don Lemon has branded me, or the Left is. I keep waiting for the convincing arguments to bring me back, and it always boils down to Trump is bad. The supporting fact-based arguments for this, as far as I have been able to ferret out, are the following: Trump was a philanderer. Trump made a racist comment regarding an American judge of Mexican descent of not being able to fairly adjudicate Trump University. Trump made a clumsily-worded remark regarding the Charlottesville protests that was (falsely) interpreted as supporting while supremacists for whom he’s been ludicrously and repeatedly asked to deny allegiance. He’s made remarks concerning the pandemic that downplay the danger to prevent “panic” and has demonstrated a laissez-faire personal attitude toward masking and social distancing. He has a heavy Twitter finger generating mountains of stupid, egoistic tweets. The rest, the manufactured Russian hoax, the Ukraine phone call-associated impeachment, were all elaborate smoke-and-mirror campaigns with provable Democrat malfeasance. The arguments in his favor: He kept most of his campaign promises. His economic policies, including a reduction in taxes and federal regulations and formation of opportunity zones, triggered an unprecedented economic boom pre-pandemic and improved the lot of minorities arguably more than any prior administration in decades (and may be promoting a V-shaped recovery). He started no new wars, moved the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, and opposed Iran, allowing him to broker a Mideast peace deal after decades of stalemate. He’s kept sanctions on Russia and aided Ukraine in the Crimea, extinguished Isis, and recognized China’s adversarial status and instituted appropriate countermeasures. He shepherded the crime reform bill. He replaced NAFTA with the USMCA. He stopped emigration from China and Europe earlier during the pandemic than his political opponents wanted and helped provide the necessary supplies and ventilators to the states while fostering fast-tracking of a vaccine. He strengthened the border policy and the wall, reducing illegal immigration and criminal entry. And he did all this in less than 4 years, despite hurricane-strength political headwinds. What has Biden accomplished of note over his 44 years of service?

If my right-wing filters are the problem, how is it a recent poll showed that 51% of those questioned believe the unfolding Biden scandal (re Biden family Chinese influence) is Russian disinformation despite clear evidence it is not, based on disseminated misinformation and with links to the facts at the NY Post censored by both Facebook and Twitter?

No, I’ve thought and rethought it, and if there’s ideologic brainwashing, I keep coming back to a left-wing source at this point in time. This does not mean that the Right couldn’t pose an equal or even greater threat in the future, especially since the rapid accession of a far Left agenda could arguably have a slingshot effect promoting the fantasy that Leftists imagine currently exists. Hence the ever-present need for both sides in a dynamic struggle to remain centered. If and when the facts support it, I’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my liberal brethren to fight that, too.