Promoted. Originally posted 2008-12-30 23:29:36 -0500. -- GH
But, dammit, some of these far Lefties are an ignorant pain in the butt. They become most insufferable when standing on the molehill of their own egotistical self-righteousness and exercise an ideological purity that leads to the same excesses of thought that those on the Right exercise.
The bill allowing the financial bailout was an example. Whilst the right-wing was ludicrously railing against it as a socialist measure, the left was aghast at the idea of taxpayer money funding the greed of the fat cats of Wall Street.
Many of us argued that shoring up the financial system was essential if an instant international implosion was not to occur, the consequence of which would have damaged and caused pain to ordinary people right across this interconnected world of ours, the like of which had never been seen.
“So what?” came the response from the Right. Let the businesses fail, that is what free markets are about, they yelled. The people benefited from their unlimited credit card facilities, now they must pay. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
“So what?” also came the response from the Left. Let the institutions of financial exploitation fail and the ordinary people will be the new heroic but necessary martyrs of the revolution. To build, you must first destroy.
So joined the Left and Right, ready to sacrifice others in order to maintain ideological purity. It was ever thus; the sad story of our societies is the story of alliances between their extremes.