Cities Like Portland, Might Just Be the Beginning of a Much Bigger Problem

Written by Michael Cummings on October 27, 2017

Some family friends moved to Oregon a couple years ago. The man of the house – my god, did I just say that? — is a VP-level professional in the technology space, and had a good opportunity with a relatively young company in Portland.

They’ve already moved back to Denver.

To understand, a few-minute conversation will clear things up for you. The weather is obviously a factor, and if you’re not able to withstand the meager 221 average days of overcast (only 144 days of sun) and near constant drizzle, that alone would make you look for the exit. What struck me, however, was what my friends told me about Portland politics.

No surprise that leftism creeped up from California long ago to poison the good Oregonians homeland, but the pervasive and insidious nature was what caught my attention. My friends told me politics and social justice were shoved down their throats in every walk of life – in social circles, in the culture, and
even in the workplace. Coworkers would come in and brag about their various protesting gigs. Some would take paid time off to protest, and post about their adventures on company-endorsed channels.

My friends are not highly political people, and they lasted two years. I doubt I would have made a week. Most of our jobs require large swaths of time, talent, and effort throughout our day. Most of us just want to work hard, do our best, and go home to our families. When we leave the office, we want and need the mental break. What do you think is going to happen to productivity when even our workplace environments are full of finger wagging about recycling, global warming, police brutality, American imperialism, and racism?

A recently story on LinkedIn via a Dell blog showcased a transgender woman (was a man, now identifies as a woman. I never know if I’m using the right language), who works at Dell. It’s not just that the mentally ill man now dresses as a woman, but Dell seems to think it’s a positive thing to cheer this man’s delusion.

Michelle Soares’ first day at Dell was September 5, 2016, after being a Dell employee for five years.

Wait, what? That doesn’t make sense.

Let me explain, it was on that day that Ricardo Leonel Soares de Castro was officially recognized for her transition to Michelle Soares by her peers and her company, right down to her Dell email address and badge.

On that day of new beginnings, Soares was welcomed back to work with a surprise lunch hosted by Dell’s Pride and Women Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) along with her Human Resources (HR) Department.

“I was wearing a black and white star dress, they greeted me with an unexpected lunch and, more than that, I received my very first bouquet of flowers – white lilies
cheirosíssimos,” she remembers. “They had this amazing scent and I actually cried when I got them.”

She goes on to the highlight the significance of the day, “I understood then that I was in the right place. It was, without a doubt, the watershed of my career and personal life.”

Soares credits the support and encouragement of the Dell Pride ERG for her courage to finally live her life as herself.

This week’s column is not about transgenderism, or as normal people call it: Mental illness. So I won’t elaborate on the topic. But I’m wondering what pressure other Dell employees felt to participate in this charade. Did those who oppose celebrating a man’s confusion feel free to recuse themselves from the pride party? Will there be recriminations?
This is the problem: Leftism and the inevitable path of destruction it paints across the American
landscape is increasingly inescapable.

Why do you think the NFL bled five percent of its viewership from this time last year, and nearly 20% from 2015? #TakeAKnee is the more obvious cause, but this was only the latest in a long line of social justice movements within the league that has slowly turned people off. We used to watch the NFL to escape, not be lectured to about guns and racism.

Why do you think Hollywood is experiencing the largest drop in ticket sales in a decade? Harvey
Weinstink is a major issue, but we’re long tired of paying huge amounts of money only to be told how America built her glory on the backs of slaves, the only bad guys in the world are Nazis, and religious people are hypocritical deviants hiding bodies in their basements.

Our education system, culture, military, churches, workplaces – they’ve all been invaded by leftists religiously bent on fundamentally transforming them. When they accomplish their mission, there will be nowhere left to go.

How do we stop it? First, admit that we’re losing the culture war. Let’s take the wise words of Mr. Ricardo Leonel Soares de Castro: “One thing that I learned with time, the worst lie is to lie to yourself.”

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.