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Must-read of the morning comes from Keith Thompson, a northern California liberal–or rather, ex-liberal, who has a long essay in the San Francisco Chronicle today on why he left the Left. His day of reckoning was Jan. 30, 2005. Here’s the intro:

Nightfall, Jan. 30. Eight-million Iraqi voters have finished risking their lives to endorse freedom and defy fascism. Three things happen in rapid succession. The right cheers. The left demurs. I walk away from a long-term intimate relationship. I’m separating not from a person but a cause: the political philosophy that for more than three decades has shaped my character and consciousness, my sense of self and community, even my sense of cosmos.

I’m leaving the left — more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together.

I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives — people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere — reciting all the ways Iraq’s democratic experiment might yet implode.

My estrangement hasn’t happened overnight. Out of the corner of my eye I watched what was coming for more than three decades, yet refused to truly see. Now it’s all too obvious. Leading voices in America’s “peace” movement are actually cheering against self-determination for a long-suffering Third World country because they hate George W. Bush more than they love freedom.

Read the whole thing. And welcome, Keith! Glad to have you on our side.

(Republished from MichelleMalkin.com by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: George W. Bush