I Used to be a Liberal

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About fifteen years ago, I used to work in an office in New York. I can remember that George Bush Jr. was President and every day I sat at my desk, I'd read the news from the CNN website and then rail on George for the rest of the day. I'd hunker in and read an article about how stupid the President was and then I'd walk around the office spouting off commentary, telling people that I couldn't believe anyone in the world was a Republican and how all Republicans were idiots. I can clearly remember doing this. I can also clearly remember how right I thought I was. I was incorrigible, absurd, arrogant, and generally awful to be around. All I wanted to do was talk about politics and how the Democrats were doing everything right and how everyone else was doing everything wrong. Thinking back, I don't know how I ever stood being around myself. The thing is, I was actually quite fond of myself. I mean, why wouldn't I be? I was always right. CNN told me so and CNN and I agreed on a lot of things.

A little while after that, I began watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. I instantly fell in love with her and thought she was just the greatest thing ever. She confirmed all I learned from CNN and we both thought George Bush and Dick Cheney were terrible people. She told me this, I thought it, and then I'd head over to CNN for confirmation. Yup, we all knew what I thought - Democrats ruled and so many people in our country were just so ignorant for wanting anything to do with Republicans in general. I even got in a fight with a good friend over politics once. He was conservative and I was liberal. We clashed. Over what? I can't even remember.

Through the years, my liberal views somehow began to fade. I'm not sure if there was a specific moment at which I stopped being a liberal Democrat and began straddling the line, but it certainly happened. And looking back, I am ashamed at what I once was. I'm embarrassed that I believed what CNN said and I'm even more embarrassed that I ever agreed with Rachel Maddow in any way, shape, or form. What I've learned through the years isn't so much about how much of the media lies, but more about how they omit information about the opposing party. As you probably already know, most of the media out there is wickedly liberal. I've watched it through the years and if anything good was done on the conservative side, it wouldn't see the light of day. Not on their networks anyway.

That really turned me off. Today, I can't say that I'm a conservative. I like to proclaim that I'm one of those people that political parties needs to spend a lot of money on. I'm a swing voter. I love the environment and environmental issues, I love animal rights, and I love fairness and good will. I also love the nuclear family, conservative values, and individual rights and liberties. The greatest change I've experienced through the years is that I've grown disgusted with the Democrat party. And not only that, I've grown even more disgusted with Democrats in general. By this I mean family and friends. People I see on the streets. Random strangers saying things and acting certain ways. I haven't been able to put my finger on what's going on yet, but my gut tells me something is very wrong. Very wrong indeed. The party that I used to belong to has gone utterly haywire and I can't believe I ever identified with them. I guess you can say that they've got Trump Derangement Syndrome and I've been red pilled.

I think I attribute this to searching for and participating in alternative media. Back in the day, I'd watch or read a news story on a liberal network and take it for face value. Today, I read a news story and then go watch a video on Youtube about that story. Or, I'd do it the other way around. I'd see a video and then I'd read commentary on it. What I'm finding is that the general media completely distorts what actually happened. They wouldn't necessarily lie, but they'd omit facts about what occurred and they'd cleverly add words to create a certain narrative. For instance, if a French guy and a Cuban guy got in a fight at the library over a book on a shelf, instead of the headline of, "Two Guys Fight Over Book in Library," the headline on CNN would be, "Privileged White Nationalist Male Batters Innocent Cuban Refugee Over the Cuban's Rightful Book." I mean, this is as plain as day and I can't be the only one to be noticing this. What are the last polling numbers on the main stream media? Something like 18% think it's honest and fair? Whatever it is, the number is extraordinarily low. With all the alternative media available today, it's a wonder anyone is a Democrat anymore.

Here's a case in point. I wanted to use the phrase "red pilled" in the title of this post, so I went to look up its meaning. I already know it, but I wanted to clarify and confirm. Here's the general consensus of its meaning. Everyone in the world already knows this. It's common knowledge:

You don't have to change your economic or social stance, and you don't have to agree with everything said below but you do have to realize the corruption of democrat politicians at the very least to be red-pilled.

Is the realization of the large amount of corruption in the government, especially from democrat politicians. Being red-pilled usually involves the realization of leftist bias by most mainstream media, that conservatives are niether sexcist or racist, and the leftist bias of youtube, twitter, facebook, reddit and tumblr.


But let's see what Dictionary.com has to say about being red pilled:

What does red pill mean?
Red pill refers to (becoming enlightened to) the truth about reality, especially a truth that is difficult to accept or exposes disillusions.

Online, red pill is especially used among anti-feminist and white supremacist groups to refer to "waking up" to the truth that women and liberal politics are oppressing men and white people.


Do you see what they did there? They casually tossed in the phrases "anti-feminist" and "white supremacist," among other things. It's for exactly this reason I will never vote Democrat again in my life.

Does anyone else feel like this? Am I wrong for thinking this way? Please let me know.
 

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I used to be a Democrat too. That's party went down the toilet, so I switched over to the Republican party a few years ago. And yes, it was for the same reason you mentioned above. Democrats and the media lie about everything. So let me get this straight - an ex-Democrat (me) is now an "anti-feminist white supremacist" just for seeing through their lies and "walking away"? Classy folks over there. I appreciate the insults. Basically, they're saying to every single person who was "red pilled" that they shouldn't let the door hit them on the way out. Well if that's the way they want to be, then fine. I can't believe I ever supported any of those folks. Also, someone should tell them to watch the Matrix. I mean, geez.
 

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"You know why nobody likes liberals? 'Coz they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?"

Jack's sentiments expressed here is the reason why I don't dabble in politics, or at the very least, try to avoid participating in political discussions whenever I can. For one thing, I'm not an American anyway, so not only do I not have the right to speak out about how you should run your country, I couldn't give a shit even if I do. I don't even give a shit about my own country's politics, and yours is how many thousand miles away? Too much effort, too much grievances from keyboard warriors arguing about the left and right. No thanks.

The truth is, I believe in the opposite of a past Donald Trump statement: "There are shitty people on both sides." You said that the left has distorted the truth? Well, the right was guilty of that too one time, with Fox News spinning what was originally two babies of different colors hugging each other on the street into a racist headline. Disgusting. Simply disgusting. But that's journalism now. That's news. If it bleeds, it leads. Sensationalism.

I think very little of the NRA. I couldn't give a shit because I don't live in America. I live in Singapore. Just try to smuggle guns in here. Guns are banned here, thank god. The NRA is just a corporation like the Democrats and the Republicans, trying to sell a product, in my opinion. But they did hit on a nice little quote back in 2018: "The mainstream media loves mass shootings." It's an ironic and self-contradictory quote partly because the NRA was using mainstream media to sell this quote in the first place via their viral campaign, partly because they also profit off school shootings that further anti-gun sentiments that further gun sales (out of fear from gun-owners that guns would be banned), but it's a nice quote that speaks truthfully about the corruption of the media landscape today. Everyone's out to make a dime and get those ratings. If it bleeds, it leads.

Now, I was similarly raised on leftist propaganda like yourselves, but I guess I didn't really harbor the kind of resentment towards political parties you two seem to have, probably because it's not my country, so who cares. My resentment is more towards humanity. I'm not a Democrat or Republican; I'm a Misanthrope. Reality sucks anyway, and everyone's an asshole (everyone in a general manner in case I need to clarify), or at least everyone's capable of being an asshole from what I've seen on the Internet and YouTube comments. Everyone thinks he's the hero of the story, that he's in the right and everyone else can fuck off for being wrong. So, nobody's perfect. The world's not perfect. Left and right, both have their assholes.

For what it's worth though, I have encountered my share of extreme leftism before... or rather, I wouldn't even call it leftism, but the kind of wokeness cancer that has perpetuated in our culture today. Feminism, what a fucking joke. Back in 2014, Tumblr was a cesspool of the worst kind of wokeness period ever period. You had self-proclaimed "feminists" who called out on all men - not SOME men, not sexists men, but all men - as chauvinist pigs, promoting misandry and saying that there's nothing really wrong with hating men because we're not oppressed. Sexist jokes towards men were openly welcomed. That's the kind of hypocrisy we're dealing with in the 21st Century, folks. So, being polite and lefty and liberal towards all life, no thanks. You can keep your double-standard hypocrisy and shove it up where it doesn't shine.

Ricky Gervais said it best about the left's tendency to get offended by the most trivial of things: "Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right."

One of the most idiotic things liberals have also said is speaking out against abortions, right? But they are also known for speaking out against sexual harassments and rape. Well, guess what? Rape victims can't abort now thanks to you morons. They don't have that pro-choice movement going on because of your pro-life idiocy. You want a woman not to have the choice to abort her infant that's been forcibly given to her by someone who assaulted her orifice? That's horrible. That's a horrible idea. For a country that prides itself on freedom, a country that prides itself on the progressiveness of giving human rights to everyone so that they could live their life however they want (within the boundaries of the law), it's incredibly ironic that this important choice of what to do with your own body is deprived by the same "progressive" individuals promoting life. Give me a fucking break.
 
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It's insane how much things have calmed down over here since the election. The news media may try to act like people still care, but I haven't heard a peep about politics in over a month from anyone in real life. Before the election, I would bump into one rude comment after another on social media and even from family and friends, but those things have all but evaporated. It's almost as if...almost as if...the media is inciting these types of thought processes just to raise their ratings. Nah, that couldn't be true. They wouldn't do that to us.

I watched a video on YouTube yesterday where the owner of the channel was questioning what CNN and MSNBC would do now that Trump is gone. They were failing before 2016 and the only reason they made any money in the past four years was because of him. Now that they won't have him around anymore, no one is going to watch. We're already seeing that. Their ratings are falling and falling. Good. I can't stand those people. They deserve everything they get. I'm not a fan of parasites.
 
I Used to be a Liberal was posted on 09-05-2020 by CampFireJack in the News Forum forum.

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