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November 21, 2005

Just how far has the far left pervaded into our culture?

This is a question that has been on my mind for a while now. On the one hand, the country, on the whole, falls somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum (exactly where is arguable, I would say slightly to the right). On the other hand, there are many people who fall on the extreme end of either side. The far left has a very small minority on the whole, yet they are the most vocal and most recognized, and some of their views still manage to permeate into mainstream culture.

Here and here can we see examples of some of the worst examples of this behavior, where moonbats have vowed that they "can no longer peacefully co-exist with these people," these people referring to conservatives. One even offered this "advice".
In the words of the Late, Great Bill Hicks, about the most conciliatory thing I can say for those people at this point is simply this:

Kill Yourself.
Just lovely.

Many of these are the same sorts of people who agree with socialist and communist tenets and leaders, in particular, one Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a communist leader of the worst kind; he led the Cuban Revolution and was merciless in killing anyone who got in the way of his order. Yet, t-shirts featuring his likeness are common on college campuses and at peace protests. Why? The strong feelings against democracy could be one thing; Guevara was killed by the Bolivian government, some believe by the request of current Cuban leader Fidel Castro, but Guevara supporters believe that the CIA was responsible (the CIA had captured him shortly before his death with the intention of interrogation). Another explanation could be in part over the "Diarios de motocicleta" ("Motorcycle Diaries").

I recently watched this film (grudgingly) with a few of my friends. After it was over, they were praising the movie, still ignoring anything I had said about Che beforehand. These were not College Republicans, but they are not socialists either. They tried to say that this movie was about Guevara before he became the leader of atrocities he is now better known for. I think they missed the point I was trying to make, and now have a respect for a man who has greatly restricted the rights of millions of men and women. "Diarios de motocicleta" glorified a true villian (and his less-than-moral, selfish friend), leaving an impression that Ernesto Guevara was a man with a dream, not a power-hungry tyrant. Robert Redford and Sundance were successful at doing what Hollywood has been trying to do for years; my "moderate" friends had been indoctrinated to believe a far-left, anti-Christian viewpoint.

This country is far from going to the moonbats, but they are chipping away all the time. The truth is important; if we do not learn our history, we are doomed to repeat it. We must fight back the far left so they do not put us in a position where we are stuck with another Che.

Of note is an interesting article found from (Gasp! It cannot be!) Slate.com, an unabashedly left-leaning news site. Paul Berman remembers that Che was a totalitarian with no love for those he led. Perhaps there is some hope after all.