Kathy Shaidle

8 Things I Wish I’d Known (or Remembered) When I Was a Leftist

Posted on December 9 2010 11:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Be Sociable, Share!
Print This Post Print This Post

Editor’s Note: Kathy Shaidle has been taking a short hiatus from NewsReal Blog to focus on some other writing projects. She’ll be back soon but in the mean time we’re reprinting one of her biggest hits, originally published October 17 here.

In my own defense:

a) I was drunk the whole time, and

b) I was never a socialist or a communist. My anarchist/libertarian gang were 1980s “Neither East nor West” peaceniks who believed America and the USSR were equally bad. We made fun of the communists at demonstrations, quoting SCTV “3CP1” catchphrases at them.

Like many folks I’ve met since, on and off line, I feel like the “Left” left me. On September 11, I realized that my best friend since high school, my half-sister, my colleagues at work and everyone on my listserves automatically sided with the terrorists instead of America.

I still hate big government, regulations and bureaucracies, and love free speech, liberty and trouble making.

Today, that makes me a Tea Partier. Unlike ex-socialists, as a temperamental anarchist, I at least had a familiar-seeming place to run to after 9/11: the libertarian right. I feel sorry for former communists who don’t have another totalitarian sect to run to. (Oh, wait…)

Anyway, here’s some stuff I wish I’d known a little sooner. And some stuff I knew all along, but tried to forget:

Be Sociable, Share!

Continue reading page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

4 Responses leave one →

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

Copyright 2019 NewsReal Blog

The Theme Foundry