Leftism isn’t so much an ideology as it is a pathology. Leftists are cognitively crippled, emotionally incontinent and morally blinkered people. This is not to insult them. It is to diagnose them.
The Left’s “my body, my choice” mantra, for instance.
Only a cognitively crippled person would, on the one hand, assert that a woman has the right to “choose” to end her pregnancy because it is her body while in the same breath also asserting that people have no right to refuse to submit to the violation of their bodies via the “mandating” of “vaccines” – and “masks.”
The Leftist will abide no interference with “my body, my choice”when it comes to the first thing; will militantly assert the primacy of the individual and her right to “choose.” That any limitation of this right is an assault upon her (and every other woman’s) rights. And then insists that no woman – or man – has any right to object to being told they must wear a “mask” or submit to being “vaccinated.”
When it comes to the former, the rights of the individual are suddenly limited by obligations to others. But there is no obligation whatsoever to the body of the other person growing within the person insisting that it is solely and only her body that is at issue and so solely and only her “choice.”
When objections based on factual observations are raised, the Leftist will invariably become emotional, screaming rather than discussing. Becomes agitated and defensive when the moral incongruity is pointed out.
Whether one favors – or opposes – the “right to choose” as regards abortion is not the issue. The issue is the fractured mental state of the Leftist. If the “right to choose” is predicated upon “my body, my choice” then surely, by the logic asserted, people have the same “right to choose” as regards what goes into their bodies as the Leftist does with regard to what is removed from their bodies.
Ask a Leftist whether he’d object if you were to take what you consider to be a “fair share” of the money he has in his wallet. That by dint of his having earned it, he “owes” you a portion of it. Probably he will object to your taking any of it. Yet the same Leftist will insist that people be made to pay what the Leftist styles “their fair share” of taxes – i.e., be made to hand over their money, however much of it the Left claims they “owe.” Is it not cognitively crippled to oppose the one while very much supporting the other? Leftists dislike robbery and theft as much as most people do – but only when it doesn’t benefit them.
Similarly, this business of being able to speak freely. The Leftist is very much a supporter of being able to speak freely, if the speaker is a Leftist. If the speaker is not a Leftist and his speech affronts the Leftist, then it is “hateful” or “misinformation” (even when informed and factual) and the Leftist supports suppressing it and even punishing the speaker for saying it.
Only a cognitively crippled – and morally dissonant – person would say both things at the same time. And when someone else says anything about the moral dissonance and cognitive incongruity of favoring free speech for oneself but opposing it for others, the Leftist will typically become angry – and emote.
The latter symptom is perhaps most singularly diagnostic of Leftism. Leftists “reason” via their feelings, in the manner of children who’ve not attained the age of reason. It does not matter to the Left whether you are right. The Leftist will not even entertain the possibility that he might be wrong. The possibility is forestalled by an immediate pouring forth of . . . emotion, in the manner of a child throwing a temper tantrum upon being told that it may not have the toy it wants or that it is bedtime now.
This characteristic – of becoming emotionally incontinent when the Leftist does not get his way – was abundantly displayed by the Left when the candidate they wanted to win (Hillary Clinton) lost to the candidate they wanted to lose (Donald Trump). It did not matter that Trump won. All that mattered was that they – the Left – did not get its way. And for the ensuing four years, the Left threw a temper-tantrum comparable to the ones thrown by five-year-olds told its bedtime now.
Of course, when they did get their way – and what they wanted – then it was all ok. Unless someone questioned whether the person they wanted to win (Biden) had actually won.
Then it was suddenly not ok.
There is, of course, another possibility as regards the Left. It was elaborated upon at length by one of his history’s most infamous – and murderous – Leftists, Vladimir Lenin. Also by Adolf Hitler, another Leftist infamous for his temper-tantrums.
It is that, for a Leftist, there are no constants or values or principles other than the getting and holding onto of political power. To the degree that a given particular furthers or preserves the power of the Left, then the Leftist not only supports it but militantly opposes any who question let alone oppose it, often denouncing the questioner in the basest, most contemptuous and self-righteous manner imaginable.
Until precisely the moment that the particular thing at issue – free speech, for instance; or “my body, my choice” – no longer serves to enhance the power of the Left over any who question the Left.
At which point the Leftist wheels around and attacks it with the ferocity of a rabid animal. We may be on the cusp of witnessing an epic wheel-about if the Left is electorally repudiated next week, never mind the verdict of “our Democracy.”
Leftism, then, is both derangement and dishonesty. It is a kind of fluid insanity that is both lucid and lunatic, at the same time – held together by an insatiable lust for power at all costs. Orwell gave us perhaps the most frightening – because accurate – depiction of the mental state of a Leftist via his character, O’Brien, in the novel 1984.
O’Brien was sane – yet insane. Civil and urbane. Yet rabid, too. Both aware – and unaware. But always lusting for power, the thing that – in O’Brien’s words – is defined by having the ability to make others suffer.
Once one understands this, one understands Leftists.
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