The Leftist Mind Explained By @RSMcCain And @Instapundit
And they both do it succinctly and with dead-on accuracy…
First, Glenn Reynolds:
I’m beginning to think that most lefty movements are just about broken people trying to manipulate the rest of us so they can feel good about their broken selves.
Stacy McCain picks-up from there:
…Sane, happy, normal people don’t need “movements” to validate their self-worth. However, people who are “broken” — unhappy, abnormal and/or mentally ill — are continually chasing after some cause, some crusade, some source of secular salvation that inspires them to immanetize the eschaton.
If they can’t save the world, these deranged souls can at least make themselves believe they are morally superior to the rest of us — we who are sane, happy and normal. This would be harmless, were it not for the fact that such “movements” are supported by intellectuals who turn these crackpot crusades into powerful political forces that result in the enactment of policies that make life miserable for everybody….
In some cases, when such people gain Power And Control, that generated misery transforms itself into death.
It seems to me that the Leftist Nether Regions are populated by four kinds of people:
1) The Insane: These people have lost all touch with Reality and Right Reason due to severe mental illness [Psychosis]. Some are afflicted with actual brain damage, be it from abusing drugs or from unappreciated injuries, but most are insane due to severe psychological causes. They are the driving forces behind the creation of the Leftist Ideology.
2) The Deranged: These people, while not having lost full contact with Reality, are so full of hatred for their own lives that they retreat into the seemingly satisfying realm of Fantasy whenever they can. Adopting the Leftist Philosophy allows them to do this quite easily, since it seeks as it’s end the bringing about of Heaven On Earth.
3) The Dupes: These people have dedicated themselves to doing whatever it takes to avoid confronting the negative aspects of Life; they willfully blind themselves to the unpleasant, always taking default positions that allow them to ignore Reality, put it out of their field of vision. They could also be accurately labeled voluntary Simpletons. They are fruitful targets for what Mark Levin labels the Leftist Masterminds. The Dupes want to be manipulated, want to be sucked-into The Land Of Make Believe, where unicorns and rainbows teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.
4) The Thugs: These people have been so disappointed in the way Life works, in how it proceeds, that they have decided, in their deeply-felt Anger at their deep disillusionment and wretched despondency, to embrace all things that bring about Disorder, that feed Chaos — that undermine Humanity. They reject Good and embrace Criminality. It offers an outlet for their unrestrained and never-ceasing Anger, their desire to seek Revenge against their Creator. One would, I think, not be exaggerating to say they find in the committing of criminal acts an orgasmic release.
These people all lack the Courage to take on the trials and tribulations of Life. They seek to escape from their Duties and Responsibilities as members of the Human Race.
None of these people could ever possibly described as Happy or Normal, in the traditional [and, therefore, accurate] sense. And they all desire, in the kinds of abject Loneliness that fills their Souls like a diseased bile, to drag all of us down into the cesspit of their types of pathological Miseries. They are the armies of The Culture Of Death, the vanguard of Nihilism.
For centuries, the Western World was able to keep such attitudes confined to a small number of the population. With the spread and acceptance of Leftist Thinking in the last two hundred years, however, these various perverse ways of approaching Life have ascended to domination, a Hegemony Of Perversity, if you will. The reasons for this triumph are many, but they all bespeak of a Civilization that is in decline, one that is slowly committing suicide.