Gut Rumbles

November 08, 2004

they never grew up

Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Yes, sweet children, it's true. In 1968, I wanted George McGovern to become President. I wasn't old enough to vote at the time, but I was a McGovern fan. I thought the guy had a lot of good ideas.

I was as full of shit as a Christmas turkey.

I remained fairly liberal through my first couple of years of college. I was young, dumb and full of cum, living in a psychedelic world full of idealism and ignorance. I never opposed the Vietnam War, and I never joined a protest, because I knew too many guys fighting there, and to be against the war was to oppose THEM in my mind. I couldn't do that. I played football with a lot of those guys.

But I never volunteered to go fight myself. I won the draft lottery and was delighted with my good fortune. Had I been drafted, I would have gone. But I didn't have to... lucky me.

I don't know when exactly I started to evolve into the person I am now, but I think it started with an English Literature course called: "Existentialism: Man in the Face of Chaos." I got really carried away there. I read every book required for the course, plus a lot of other stuff I ran across in bibliographies. It blew my mind.

People had been pondering "What is the True Meaning of Life" and writing about it for centuries. No two of those great philosophers agreed on what life really means. That's when I decided: That question has no universal answer.

My basic philosophy NOW is, "We're all in this alone. Then, we die." Yeah, I am a jaded old fart, but I try to live a good life, not out of fear of punishment, but because it's the right thing to do. That's MY decision. Once I abandoned the concept of a "Brotherhood of Man," my liberal inclinations drained out of me like used motor oil, but that transformation didn't turn me into an evil man.

I just stopped swallowing the cant and started thinking for myself. I believe that I grew up.

Too many leftists can't do that today.


Your "aloneness" is shared by thousands. Did the college trick, but didn't have the luxury of the "lottery", then again I don't have the angst of self doubt either.'re very popular.

Posted by: Bob in the hills on November 8, 2004 07:40 PM

Yeah, I used to be a liberal, too. Then I grew up. And figured out that you could BUY STUFF with MONEY.

Seriously, today's liberals have drowned themselves in this Rousseau goodness-of-man claptrap, with too-liberal sprinklings of fucking Michele Foucault and his relativist frog ass. They've been raised that way, and it shatters their delicate worldview when something nasty like "an enemy" pops up. Their first instinct is to cuddle the "enemy" and make it feel safe and loved. THEN, the "enemy" should like us, right?

Wrong. Those of us raised on good, old-fashioned hellfire and brimstone and Original Sin, even those of us who later reject the doctrine or the religion, have a much better grip on Reality than they do. People are greedy, lazy fucks by nature; unless they are trained away from their natural inborn thuggery (see early toddler behavior), they will rob you blind and spit on your grave. It's nature.

Liberals want everyone in touch with their inner child. Conservatives want everyone to act like a fucking grownup for a change.

Posted by: queenie on November 8, 2004 09:39 PM

Wow what a visionary. Humphrey was the dimocrats clown in 68. McGovern was 72.


Posted by: recondo32 on November 9, 2004 12:14 AM

Heh. I used to be a lib too. Before I had kids of my own and grew up.

Posted by: Maripat on November 9, 2004 01:51 AM

I appreciate your honesty, Rob, but I was never a Lib. My support, before I could vote, went to Barry Goldwater. A few years later Ayn Rand reinforced my feeling that respect for individual rights meant less government. It's odd that Libs think rights come from Washington DC.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on November 9, 2004 04:31 AM

Excellent points. I'll have to check out the material you mentioned here...
I'm (mostly) 'self educated' so I've got alot to learn. :)

Posted by: Trease on November 9, 2004 08:46 AM

Considering that, in 1984, at the tender age of 13, I had an eight foot banner displayed in my bedroom window that read: "Reagan/Bush: What a team!" from September until the election, I'd say I've NEVER been a liberal...

Posted by: Jay G on November 9, 2004 09:12 AM

Recondo's right. I too was a liberal in my younger days. I learned quickly though and McGovern was the last democrat I voted for.

Posted by: Don on November 9, 2004 12:04 PM

Yup, worked on the Dukakis and Mondale campaigns when I was young, dumb, and full o estrogen. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't win these days.

Posted by: catzmeow on November 9, 2004 12:48 PM

Tell me about it. Worked for Eugene McCarthy in '68, McGovern in '72, Carter in '76 and '80. I made my turn in 1994, becoming a full right-winger. Strange though that all during those years I thought I was a liberal I read a lot of Rand and Russell Kirk, and knew instinctively in grad school at Duke that Marxism was crap. I guess I just had to blossom.

Posted by: rivlax on November 9, 2004 03:08 PM
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