January 27, 2017

What the hell happened to the Left?

Jay FayzaRebel Columnist
 

I’m fairly liberal, at least, in the classical liberal sense derived from the Enlightenment and Napoleonic eras. I believe in freedom of speech and the separation of church and state, and I’m also anti-war. 

But I would still never call myself a liberal, in relation to today’s new leftism.

Over the years, the Left’s positions certain core issues and beliefs — such as the role of science, and the rise of identity politics — finally became deal breakers for many people.

WATCH me explain exactly why the Left is steadily losing support.

 

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commented 2017-01-29 23:23:10 -0500
Ouch! Jay Fayza, what do you mean? Surely “the Left” has gained tremendous support in Canada in the last few years. Not just the election of Justin Trudeau and his continuing high approval ratings. Canadians have proclaimed they are welcoming and tolerant in a sweep not seen since the Vietnamese boat people.

Thousands of church congregations have come together to sponsor refugee families in the last year and a half. They have worked hard, raised money, and accompanied these refugees tirelessly.

I think “the Left” means those who are generous, caring, hard-working, and who can put their money where their mouth is.

What do you think “the Left” means?
commented 2017-01-29 21:50:38 -0500
As for Soros, I think Trump should have him charged. It’s the best way to put an end to him and his ilk, as his helpers will think twice about proceeding. I’m sure the US has laws against “incitement” the same as we do. And when you pay ppl to go out and cause violence and wreak havoc on the streets, there’s a charge for that. At the very least it’ll be Public Mischief. It would take some balls, I hope Trump has them!
commented 2017-01-29 21:46:13 -0500
I don’t see it as complicated. After WWII, the Left swore they’d infiltrate and hi-jack our society and swing it over to hard core socialism or communism. And that’s what they’ve been doing. By hook and by crook. Identity politics is just a means to an end, like everything else they do. They have loyalty to no one but their ideology. And as we get closer and closer to their desired result, their views get harder and harder to hide. After all, you can’t become a communist country without it eventually becoming apparent. That apparentness is what’s causing the backlash. And they’re so close, they’re pulling out all the stops to see it through. They hi-jacked our schools and the media at large, including Hollywood, and that’s where it’s all derived from.

I recall reading about 40yrs ago how the Left felt that Americans were too smart and independent to ever fall for socialism, and the only way would be do dumb them down. And that’s what they did.
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America spells it out. It’s an older book now, available free online.
Cheers!
commented 2017-01-29 20:38:15 -0500
Boy did you nail it Jay. Simply ask a “feminist” this: Should I, as a man, f#$% you from behind? Should I F$%^ you sideways? What would be the appropriate way for me to ram my penis into your sex organ repeatedly (and, or course, respectively)? Oh, how about Ms feminist the MISSIONARY POSITION? Respectful enough? Huh, what a coincidence. But now that you think about it, well that would be discriminatory. OK, cowboy or reverse cowboy? Darn it, that brings up racist rednecks. Shoot, so just how am I supposed to f#$% a feminist outside of mysogynistic, crippling, (have you had 3 or 4 cosmopolitans, I don’t want to be accused of rape) marriage? Oh right, full on Burka so I can’t see Hillary’s ugly face. Works for me.
commented 2017-01-29 16:12:01 -0500
This is an outstanding summary and exactly what paved the way for President Trump.
commented 2017-01-29 03:15:07 -0500
Peter legend… Anger is better than desperation
commented 2017-01-28 14:10:58 -0500
A good article that attempts to explain what happened to the liberals: http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/18/the-rise-of-intolerant-liberals/

Also, this book attempts to explain this: "The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left Hardcover – April 12, 2016
by Kim R. Holmes (Author) This is the review: “A former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Kim R. Holmes surveys the state of liberalism in America today and finds that it is becoming its opposite—illiberalism—abandoning the precepts of open-mindedness and respect for individual rights, liberties, and the rule of law upon which the country was founded, and becoming instead an intolerant, rigidly dogmatic ideology that abhors dissent and stifles free speech. Tracing the new illiberalism historically to the radical Enlightenment, a movement that rejected the classic liberal ideas of the moderate Enlightenment that were prominent in the American Founding, Holmes argues that today’s liberalism has forsaken its American roots, incorporating instead the authoritarian, anti-clerical, and anti-capitalist prejudices of the radical and largely European Left. The result is a closing of the American liberal mind. Where once freedom of speech and expression were sacrosanct, today liberalism employs speech codes, trigger warnings, boycotts, and shaming rituals to stifle freedom of thought, expression, and action. It is no longer appropriate to call it liberalism at all, but illiberalism—a set of ideas in politics, government, and popular culture that increasingly reflects authoritarian and even anti-democratic values, and which is devising new strategies of exclusiveness to eliminate certain ideas and people from the political process. Although illiberalism has always been a temptation for American liberals, lurking in the radical fringes of the Left, it is today the dominant ideology of progressive liberal circles. This makes it a new danger not only to the once venerable tradition of liberalism, but to the American nation itself, which needs a viable liberal tradition that pursues social and economic equality while respecting individual liberties.”
Great article, Jay.
commented 2017-01-28 10:08:58 -0500
Love your comment Keith and Helen but another one instigator of this chaos is not only Soros , but the labor unions that feed hatred pay those thugs , they feel their influences going away.
commented 2017-01-28 10:06:05 -0500
An excellent summary of what the left has become, and don’t worry Jay we’ve all been through that somber period in our life where we were brainwashed by our education leftist system , when you see the light you abandoned the left .
commented 2017-01-28 02:09:50 -0500
I think the left has resorted to Barbarism to inflict their will on everyone else, because they have seen first hand how effective it has been for the Muslims. And now, to build up their strength, they are aligning themselves with the Muslim Ideology. What they don’t realize is that once the dust settles and the take over is complete, they will suffer the same fate as the rest of us at the hands of their new friends. Of course one of the main problems is making all this criminality profitable by people like Soros, take him out of the game and things should become more manageable. The politicians, media, police and foolish, rich celebrities need to stop fanning the flames and inciting public unrest that escalates to riots. These people have degenerated to Homeland Terrorists and should be prosecuted accordingly. Once they see many of their spoiled, snowflake sisters and brothers are suffering the consequences of their violent attacks on civilized society, a sense of reason may develop in their easily controlled brains. The same actions need to be applied to any Violent Muslim Demonstrations as well.
commented 2017-01-28 01:36:46 -0500
The answer is in the title. The Hell happened to the left. Society is taking natural law into their own hands slapping the hand of God
commented 2017-01-27 23:46:41 -0500
These are observations I haven’t been able to articulate. Thanks, Jay, for this wonderful summary. Your best yet!
commented 2017-01-27 22:47:56 -0500
Good one JAY
The left has no common basis to hold it’s many parts together , so they’re starting to eat each other up , now the right has more or less has a common fiber , called common sense
commented 2017-01-27 20:49:04 -0500
I think the brainwashing started long ago. Communist agenda. Take God out of all our institutions and what can we expect. Looks like people are becoming uncivilized animals.

Good one, Jay!
commented 2017-01-27 19:49:57 -0500
Simply put, with the left, the ends justifies the means. It’s similar to the Islamic idea that you can lie and deceive non Muslims. That might explain their alliances.
commented 2017-01-27 19:34:09 -0500
You are one of the most articulate and insightful of the many very intelligent commentators on The Rebel, Jay Fayza.
commented 2017-01-27 18:46:30 -0500
The left is going to be kicking and screaming against Trump in the US because he is taking away their means of control and giving it back to all the people, not just the lefts own inner circle. They are scared of the people having all information available so they can decide for themselves, and they know they will have to evolve or die, and they will damn well hate losing their imagined superiority.
commented 2017-01-27 18:42:09 -0500
You are an excellent commentator Jay, wish we had more common sense like yours. The Liberal parties have been co-opted by socialism , pure greed and hubris. The parties no longer believe in actual liberty anymore. Liberty cannot exist with a heavy state controlled society.
commented 2017-01-27 18:41:26 -0500
Nothing happened to the left, the left has always been the left – Statist socialist-Marxism in varying forms. What has happened is Liberalism has almost vanished and been replaced by globalist leftism. I’m a Liberal ferkrissake and the party left me in the 70s, I went to libertarian conservatism and populist democrat to keep my values intact.
commented 2017-01-27 18:36:27 -0500
Peter Legend when they stop censoring others and demonizing other opinions by falsely labeling the one who speaks them as a racist or other such BS ,then maybe we could work together. And sorry but the right gets angry when we are enslaved and forced to give our hard earned money to be wasted by elitist entitled snobs and leeches who do nothing. The left gets angry when they do not get their way and others are allowed to speak differing opinions. So go lecture them , not us. In other words, I DO NOT WORK WELL WITH WANNABE DICTATORS WHO WANT TO CONTROL ME.

Evelyn Cooper well said, they ask for compromise from everyone except themselves. Typical!
commented 2017-01-27 17:29:46 -0500
Jay, that was an excellent explanation in calm, rational terms, of what is wrong with leftists. Now if there was only a cure! You also give me hope for the future as you appear to be in the age range that would fit that of a millennial and from what I’ve observed as a baby boomer it appears leftism afflicts a lot, if not the majority, of millennials. Keep up the great work !!!
commented 2017-01-27 16:33:15 -0500
You rock Jay Fayza. You are not left anymore because you make sense. I didn’t have to rethink time and space for that either. I’m not a Justin Trudashian.
commented 2017-01-27 16:09:31 -0500
Way to go Jay. Good work.
commented 2017-01-27 14:52:59 -0500
The Left doesn’t want borders, distinction between the sexes,or critical comparison of cultures. If they had their way, all reality would be up for interpretation, too.
commented 2017-01-27 14:52:04 -0500
PeterLegend: Thanks for your real-life example of a common Liberal strategy. Re-define the topic under discussion because you’ll lose the argument if not. So you declare that both the Left and the Right have “Outrageous Aspects ” and consequently responsibility for any outrageous behavior or ideas must be equally shared – because it’s unfair and inappropriate to pick sides – we must be egalitarian after all and avoid dividing people. So stop the discussion and pick another topic. Anti-Liberal comments or observations are, after all, just “noise.”
commented 2017-01-27 14:17:23 -0500
It’s easy to pick a part the left or right when you focus on the most outrageous aspects. Doing so further divides people and creates additional distractions from the real issues that matter like working together to grow the economy. Both sides want their base to be angry because an angry base is an active base and you can do a lot with an active base. To that I would say focus on the economy and ignore the noise.