The Spot-On Quote Of The Day… [Updated Below]
…is awarded to Smitty, beloved sidekick to Stacy McCain and regent to the World’s Youngest Blogger, Prince Niklas, for his succinct description of the two factions that make up the Left [as a comment in a post about Kate Perry's hydraulically-enhanced cleavage, no less]:
…Lefties are evil until proven useful idiots.
Spot-on and dead solid perfect.
In order for people like Lenin, Trotsky, Mao, Hitler, Allende, Obama, etc. to achieve power, they need to con other Leftists and the ignorant into believing their aims are true and pure — they need ignorant people who they can use [and abuse].
These marks are not deep thinkers or particularly reflective men and women. They have come to their soft Leftism through a self-imposed habit of letting their sentimental feelings overwhelm any Right Reason they possess. They are ripe for appeals that strike deeply in their emotions. And, when someone succeeds in penetrating their feelings, these marks, lacking as they do a solid, unshakeable belief in God, begin to see that person as a dear mentor.
The mentor, understanding his marks and believing that only a select few like himself are truly Enlightened [truly possess THE ANSWER to all of the problems of Human Life] and, therefore, qualified to lead Mankind into a brave and new world, does whatever it takes to keep his marks in ignorance. He does not want them to think too deeply, so he infuses their brains with simplistic bromides that stick in their uncreative souls. He only cares about Power and Control. He is, seemingly, a grand contradiction: committed to his Leftism, but willing to do whatever it takes to implement it, including mass imprisoning and mass slaughter. But their is no contradiction: the ‘by any means necessary’ philosophy flows directly from the core Leftist belief that, in order to bring about the Heaven On Earth all Leftists desire, the existing order must be destroyed in order that the time can be reset to the Year One, the world fully purged of all outmoded ways of living and thinking. And, so, it is logical for the Leftist to believe that inflicting pain and misery and death, if it serves the ‘noble’ ends, is justified and ‘right’.
The mentors are Evil; the marks are the Useful Idiots.
The mentors, however, are not alone in occupying the dank caves of Evil: let us not forget the Fellow Traveller.
He’s a True Believer. He actually has convinced himself that the Left is not about Power and Control, that it’s aims are all altruistic. While he does not start off condoning the infliction of pain and misery and death, while he does not begin believing that individuals must be sacrificed for the good of the collective, he eventually finds himself either (1) participating in the inflictions or (2) turning a blind eye to the horrors happening around him. The true believing Fellow Traveller. falsely comforts himself with the thought that smarter people than he know whats best to ‘save’ Mankind [by the way: if the Revolution succeeds, he, like so many intellectuals in Russia after 1918, will be one of the first ones to be shot in front of a big ditch].
UPDATE at 2023…
My very good Friend In The Ether, Mike, That Mr. G Guy, has some thoughtful comments on this over at his place.