Monday, May 11, 2009


This morning on, I found an article that really resonated with me. I am going to include part of it here because it reveals what happened the the author "Robin" -- no last name -- and reminded me of my own experiences during the time when I was actively supporting Hillary Clinton:

"...In February of 2008, I saw a new client, a bright and sensitive young woman who came in looking like she just escaped a war zone. In some ways she had; she had innocently shared with others at her job that she voted for Hillary rather than Obama. Immediately she was being targeted for abuse that put her in fear for not only her job, but her life.

We both suddenly became aware that something had grown really dark in the Democratic Party. I started hearing about many other incidents where loyal Democrats were being physically and emotionally threatened for supporting Hillary. A woman in Berkeley had her front window broken because it displayed a poster of Hillary. Randi Rhodes, an Air America talk show leftist, called Hillary a f______ witch. (Rhodes was recently promoted to a national talk radio show, illustrating another disturbing trend: the deafening silence about what Rush Limbaugh has dubbed the new "thug-ocracy.)

An acquaintance had her car broken into, and the only item stolen was a NoObama bumper sticker. A South Park episode featured an episode where a nuclear weapon was being aimed at Hillary's genitals. My local greeting card store sold very flattering cards about Obama, insulting ones about Hillary, and a Hillary "nutcracker." When I complained, the young male manager literally laughed in my face.

Things went from bad to worse when Sarah Palin entered the scene. When Geraldine Ferraro ran for Vice President, there was no debasement of her character, no sexual threats. But with Palin, a full scale "wilding" ensued that chillingly reminded me of the random sexual attacks on women by gangs of men in New York. She was called every vile name in the book by both male and female liberals.

Actress Sarah Bernhardt hoped a gang of black males would rape her. When Palin's church was torched with children inside, the press was missing in action (somehow I imagine the press would have been all over this if Obama's church were torched). Not only was the misogyny disgusting, but the classism was abhorrent. The Democrats, by ridiculing Palin's voice and her education, were acting like arrogant snobs. The party had changed, I had changed, and the differences looked irreconcilable.

The final straw for me was when a close friend flew into a rage at me when she learned I wasn't supporting Obama. The political became personal when she began impugning my character. Worse yet, she tried to intimidate me into changing my mind by threatening to dump me.

Suddenly a light went on. The peace and love and flower power of the old left was dead and gone (if it even existed to begin with except in my imagination). The Democrats had morphed into a power hungry Thought Police, and I was done with them. My new motto in life: don't PC on me.

So this is my letter of amends, and I hope that I can be forgiven by all whom I've offended. I knew not what the heck I was doing. But now the problem is: how in the world does one be a conservative these days? How to stay brave and committed when conservatives are being targeted, punished, and shunned on a daily basis? How to sleep at night knowing that the country I have finally come to love may be destroyed from within by a massive Big Brother government?

I guess I'll just have to do a step one, as we 12 stepper's call it, and turn it all over to my Higher Power.


on "Letter of Amends from a Recovering Liberal in Berkeley"


spotted-dick said...

Robin needs some help obviously.

She is going to give up, because she got bullied. Awww, for crying out loud, stand up for what your believe in. You suddenly want to become a Conservative because of no-brained losers. Where is her backbone?

Robin, must be very young or have a complete memory loss of what Geraldine Ferraro had to put up with. Insults about her Italian heritage, being a woman, not forgetting that famous line by Barbara Bush, "We all know, what she is, rhymes with witch". Endless going ons in the press about campaign and personal finances.

To say she got a free pass is complete and utter nonsense and I heard all of this from England, what sort of excuse Robin has is beyond me.

Sorry, but we do not leave in an equal world. But that is the point isn't it. Who fights more for people as a whole, the Democrats or the Republicans? Both parties cannot be held hostages to fortune by special interests.

I remain convinced that being a Democrat is the way forward and nobody is going to use their thug mentality against me.

For crying out loud, Margaret Thatcher was almost assassinated by an IRA bomb in 1984, do you think she suddenly gave up in everything she believed in?

Barbara LeBey said...

Many of us who supported Hillary can not abide this left wing radical who keeps denigrating our country and apologizing to the world for our actions. I am thoroughly disgusted with Obama, and horrified that Hillary is dancing to his macabre music.

I am a fiscal conservative and a social liberal which means I have no party, but I'd rather throw my support for the Republicans, not the Bush Republicans, but those who are not willing to drive us into bankruptcy as a nation.

You, my friend, should seriously consider returning to the UK where you can be assured of financial dependency on the government. It's not yet certain that we'll go quite as far as the UK in providing for those who won't provide for themselves. Although Obama is certainly trying to move us in that direction as fast as he can.

I am not going to get into a debate with you on the definition of socialism because I can see that you really don't want to understand it in an economic sense.

spotted-dick said...

Of course I understand it in an economic sense.

Having Government funded healthcare is about as economic sense as is possible to have a coherent argument about it. Taxation based on what you earn, not what someone decides you should pay. That to me screams, economic sense.

Having an opportunity to go to University, which is denied because you cannot afford to, yet the Open University allows you to work towards a Bachelors and Masters Degree. Again it is economically beneficial.

Economics is not just about how much tax you pay,or how many tax credits people get, there is much more to it than that.

One final point, the welfare system is not for everyone. I never claimed in the UK, I got on my bike and got a job. Nor, do I intend to claim here. Just because I am left of centre, does not mean, that I look to the state for everything, nor do I think that everything the free market does is bad.

You can still be a fiscal conservative and socially liberal. Seems to be doing rather well, especially when you look at Sweden and the state of their banks, but then that would not really back up your argument, as supports of socialism, being big spending free loaders, who are not careful with their money, would it?

cplbrinas01 said...

I have to correct you about one thing- The,"gangs of black men raping women in new york in the 80's?, no if you do your research, you'll see that these kids spend 13 years in prison before the real rapist came forward, and DNA confirmed it. even after they were proved innocent, the city did not apologize at how they were basically lynched in the courts and the press, and even now, and s confirmed by you, many still believe they did it. And you tell me Black men don't have an uphill battle? come on, really! it's things like that, that make the day rough foe people who did nothing wrong. B y the way?, the REAL rapist was NOT black!

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