Tuesday, January 31, 2006

My Precious!!!

Today for the first time I traveled through the fever swamps of the liberal blogosphere. It is an unpleasant place that is overflowing with paranoia, rage and despair. While there is no shame in briefly enjoying the sight of one's enemies writhing in pain it is not a vision civilized people would care to dwell upon. My tour was relatively brief as it will take me some time to become accustomed to the unbridled expression of hatred. Nevertheless, I came away with some strong impressions that tempt me to speculate about the future.

Sites like moveon.org and democraticunderground.com have done a splendid job of fostering an online community of disaffected leftists. They have created a large auditorium where people can shout together rather than alone. And, at every turn, they can find affirmation for their bizarre belief systems. The Left can now be mobilized in a way hitherto impossible. Its members are no longer the rats in the rafters of the Democrat Party. They are becoming a powerful movement. However, their power is confined to their ability to shape the policies and agenda of the Democrat Party. They stand for nothing that most Americans are for and are against what most Americans favor regardless of party affiliation. Their over the top rhetoric has little appeal to the 85% of Americans who are strongly or very strongly patriotic and are hard pressed to find evidence in their daily lives that they live in a fascist, racist, theocratic, imperialist police state.

Samuel Alito's successful ascension to the Supreme Court has engendered on the Left a response that reminds me of Gollum's response to Frodo's assertion that he intended to destroy the one ring that ruled them all. NOOOOoooo! My Precious! The Left in its collective sense of entitlement, outrage and hunger for power has increasingly come to resemble the character of Gollum in Lord of the Rings. It has become something unwholesome and deformed by an obsession that has driven it to madness. However, the outrage of the online Left now appears to be directed towards the Democrat Party because it failed to filibuster Alito's nomination.

I see here the possible makings of a third-party movement. It would not be any more viable than the communist-led Progressive Party that bolted from the Democrat Party during 1948 national election or Ross Perot's short-lived Reform Party assembled out of who knows what for the 1992 election. The tinder is there. For it to burst aflame it will take a leader with a match. If Republicans win the Presidency in 2008 and retain control of both House and Senate the subsequent emergence of a left wing third party seems more likely than not. The re-emergence of left wing terrorist groups in the tradition of the Weathermen may also occur. The Left wants its Precious back -- by any means necessary.

5 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

" The re-emergence of left wing terrorist groups in the tradition of the Weathermen may also occur."
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My guess is that entails to much risk,
...and exertion.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"too"

6:24 PM  
Blogger Moved Elsewhere said...

I lived through the time of the Weathermen and the Symbionese Liberation Army. It only takes a half dozen whackos to create a violent terrorist cell. There is no shortage of potential recruits. What is lacking is right amount of desperation.

6:37 PM  
Blogger BlackCatAlfa said...

I was a member of the SDS, and was fairly active during my years as an "art major".
This time made it clear to me why men like to pick up weapons, and blow up things, and engage in herd mentality. I figured it out at an early age.
As a female, I wasnt "allowed" to do these things, even though I was the only one in my group with mechanical and electrical training.... I got the coffee.

I ditched them and moved to the feminist movement, which within 6 months or less proved to be a disappointment.
The ideas were good, the implementation was bad. Women were viewed as "poontang" and nothing else.

Nothing has changed. The Republicans are just better dressed.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Moved Elsewhere said...

I like to pick up weapons and blow things up. What's the matter with that?

The herd mentality flourishes amongst movement types. Libertarians are a solitary breed.

10:46 PM  

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