I used to be a leftist, but

We all know what is coming when we hear these words — typically a litany of conservative cliches, often the most trite. Here are a few examples:

… all those people on welfare should go get a job. They are a drain on the economy

… I reject the notion that all cultures are equally good

… criminals should just be put to death

… not everyone should go to college

… someone has to pay for health care

… environmentalists are endangering us just as much as polluters

… unions are a vestige of a time past

… we all have to grow up at some point

I am sure you get my drift. Look, don’t get me wrong, we are all entitled to change our mind. However, please, just spare me the nonsense and simply tell it like it is:

I used to be a leftist, but … now it is no longer convenient to me.

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7 Responses to “I used to be a leftist, but…”

  1. ruchi aka arduous Says:

    I think it is often, I used to be a leftist but then my paycheck got bigger…. 🙂

    • Massimo Says:

      High five ! 😉

      • Cath@VWXYNot? Says:

        Hee hee! Definitely.

        Or, as a school friend’s bank manager father once said, “I used to be a socialist, but I’m alright now”.

        I like (but don’t agree with) the quote “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.” I always thought it was Churchill who said that, but apparently the author is unknown. And ignorant 😉

  2. Cherish Says:

    I used to be a conservative, but then I moved out of my parents house and found out how the real world works.

  3. transientreporter Says:

    I used to be a conservative and then I met some.

  4. JaneDoh Says:

    A friend used to say “If you aren’t a liberal when you are young, you have no heart. If you aren’t a conservative when you are old, you have no brain.” Once people are in the system, it is hard to give up the “security” of their place in the hierarchy. That said, I think modern American culture is encouraging a “what’s in it for me?” attitude that makes people abandon their lofty ideals sooner than in the past.

    • Massimo Says:

      Yup, absolutely — How is that going to benefit me ?. I have noticed it myself, when I was in elementary and junior high anyone saying something like that, or that could even be construed as that, would have been reprimanded and given a sermon about life not being all about me. Now people make absolutely no bones about it.

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