The best examples of unbridled Leftism – and the idiocy that it is – aren’t found in the media. They come from daily, by-chance encounters with the left. I recently had such an encounter during a wide-ranging, free-wheeling discussion between co-workers.
The leftist in question is of the typical variety. Not particularly educated, either via formal schooling or the proverbial school of hard knocks. Low self-esteem. Quick to deflect criticism while assuming that everyone is deeply intrigued by all aspects of her life. Child-like in many ways — always expecting someone to intervene on her behalf and set things the way she believes they should be.
Initially the topic was on the poor and disadvantaged. She hinted that conservative beliefs in this area were misinformed because they paint everyone with the same broad brush, that assumptions are made unfairly and that moral equations are drawn where they need not be. It was unfair in her view, to compare a poor person in today’s inner city America with one from fifty years ago. Or a poor person in one location with another. How can we place our own expectation on people who need government to help them? Who were we to judge?
Which led to wages. She snarked, “unless you believe that the minimum wage is too high already”, in an attempt to bring in the $15 an hour rhetoric. That piece of bait wasn’t taken.
Education rounded the discussion out. Immediately — and to everyone’s surprise — she agreed that public schools in many areas were failing communities. Her solution? Turn ALL of education over to the federal government and run it that way. In other words, remove the weaker hand of local government and replace it with the heavier hand of the federal system. Not just through high school. ALL education. College level included.
Why? Because “other places already do it” and “it doesn’t mean we’re turning communist” if we do. In her view it was why “America is down in everything…except arrogance” — her words not mine.
At the conclusion she insisted — as they always do — that she’s not a liberal.
Interesting how someone who wasn’t alive when the Berlin Wall came down can so easily dismiss communism. Her willingness to embrace the perceived soft hand of the state to make things right that individuals aren’t working towards themselves was interesting.
Liberals are essentially ideological children, afraid to grapple with issues on their own and, instead, more than happy to them over to the state.