What’s Gone Wrong With Liberalism?

What has gone wrong with liberalism?

(What follows will be an anomaly for this blog. We started “Grand Rants” with the intent of documenting the bedevil out of each tirade… Yet this one will go sans research, and is more of a travelogue from very young liberal to mature conservative. Besides, if I can post and at the same time take care of the “About” section of this Web log, that’s a win-win in my book. Expect the unexpected on this blog.)


Back in the early 1960s, I was a liberal. I was just a small child but It all made sense then. Race relations were an abomination, and hard-core conservatives (and worse) were the problem. Women were little more than sex objects and domestic servants. And global freedom meant something, at least to the JFK liberals. Oh, the grown-up liberals weren’t perfect – far from it. But at least it seemed that they were on the right track to a little kid weaned on “Superman” and “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”.

But then something started to go wrong. For me, I think the first inkling that something was kittywampus with the liberal agenda was in the late 1960s when I was watching “Green Berets” (featuring John Wayne). (Man, that was a terrible movie!) In one scene Wayne describes the brutal rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman by the VC or NVA… As our house was a virtual way station for hippies, the general consensus was that it was the evil Americans who did that sort of thing and not the enemy. That just didn’t ring true (there’s that Superman thing, again)… Yes we were responsible for My Lai, but by that time I’d seen enough of the TV news to know that we were fighting against people who all too often displayed cruel tendencies. Later I was vindicated by massacres at Huế and Dak Son. (You don’t know those names do you?) The final slaughter came when we left Vietnam and Cambodia, and roughly one and half million innocent souls met their fates at the hands of the communist Khmer Rouge et al. The brutality that was our exception was the communist’s rule, and the liberals didn’t even blink.

And so it went… In the 1970s, the “Sexual Revolution” and the “Drug Culture” slammed into high gear. Again, (this time to an adolescent/young adult), something just didn’t feel right. Don’t get me wrong… The liberal approach sure had its allure, but it lacked common sense. Say no more.

By the 1980s, I was finally beginning to nail it down… I was moving from gut instinct to objective thought and solidifying my ideas about politics, society, and human nature. I’d earned two 2-year degrees (Psych and Microprocessor Tech), and was a big Reagan fan. Still the liberals went nuts… “Ronnie Ray-Gun” was going to get us all killed, and the lefties had to dress in sheets decorated as skeletons and march by the thousands. The protests were, in a word, embarrassing.

Enter the 1990s, and my last degree, a B.S. in engineering. By the time the century was over I’d crossed the country twice, literally lived in more places than I can remember, and worked every job from dishwasher to senior engineer for a Microsoft outsourcer. The 1990s and beyond also brought new lows in liberalism. Bill Clinton pulled a “Nixon” and lied bold-faced to the American people. He had the gall to flummox the world by questioning the definition of “is” before a grand jury. And even N.O.W. came out in support of Bill after he used Monica as his own personal… Oh you know.

So what went so wrong? After all, JFK had so much of it right. We should,

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

We did address (and continue to address) women’s rights, and civil rights, and all the rest.

In short, what went wrong is that liberalism won back in the 1960s.

But rather than rally with people like Reagan (himself once a democrat) and move forward, liberals chose instead to seek the eternally warm waters of victimization, entitlement, intellectual enlightenment, and atonement. The left has let common sense become the victim of agenda. Some of them actually buy into the idea that the U.S. government was involved in bringing down WTC building number 7. Barack Obama still can’t admit that Petraeus’ “Surge” is working. People still believe in Jesse, Wright, Edwards… Oh never mind… Welcome to the “Oliver Stone” world…

What went wrong with liberalism? Just think of the movie “Requiem for a Heavyweight”… Picture an old fighter, proud, but punch-drunk. Betrayed but willing to make those final absurd gestures out of misplaced loyalty to his venal handler(s). In the end, a pathetic joke. Yeah, that’s what went wrong with liberalism.

Alan Speakman


5 Responses to What’s Gone Wrong With Liberalism?

  1. Rene Guerra says:

    You quote JFK as follows:

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    But you forgot to make reference to that the same JFK betrayed the Cuban patriots that his administration had encouraged, recruited, trained and armed to dethrone Fidel Castro. The result was the mowing down of the Cuban patriots by Castro’s forces at the Bay of Pigs (BOP) on April 17-19, 1961.

    That miserable event helped consolidated Castro and his brother, along with communism, in Cuba. His weakness, as the Soviets perceived his spineless at BOP, conduced to the 1962 “Cuban Missile Crisis” (CMC), which pushed America and the world to the brink of destruction. The deal RFK cut with Khrushchev to put an end to the CMC consolidated Castro and communism in Cuba. (BOP –> CMC –> Castro’s communist monarchy)

    Needless is to say that Obama will help expand communism to the entire Western Hemisphere, where the only countries now with a non-leftist head of state are Canada, Mexico, El Salvador and Colombia. The Obama tailcoats effect will make those four countries fall soon as well. Sheer communist regimes are going to start to pop-up in the entire continent and island nations.

    The Venezuelans were already bamboozled into allowing Hubo Chávez to re-elect himself for life. The Nicaraguans, with Daniel Ortega, and the Bolivians, with Evo Morales, are to follow suit soon. Ecuador is another early candidate. Mexico may go too.

    By the way, there is a Democrat U.S. Representative, whose name escapes my memory at this moment, who is pushing for the abolition of the 22 Amendment, Passed by Congress March 21, 1947 and ratified February 27, 1951 as a consequence of the throne that the Democrats and FDR practically made of the Presidency from 1933 through 1945.

    The Democrats and the rest of the hardcore left want “Our Dear Leader” Obama follow the example of every communist country that ever existed on Earth: perpetuity in supreme power.

    Another “by the way”: I was deep in the hardcore left for decades. I was indoctrinated as a democratic-Marxist (never a Leninist, or anything more advanced than that abomination) since the age of 14 in circa 1955. I had my epiphany in circa 1983, nauseated by the abominations committed by the hardcore left (e.g., the bestial assassination of Salvadoran communist Mélida Anaya-Montes and Grenadian communist Maurice Bishop), knowledge of which I had become privy to, first hand. I do know the hardcore left inside out, for at some time I was deep in the guts of the beast.

    • Hi Rene,

      Superb comment… I’d like to take some time to mull over your words…

      Again, superb comment.

      Thank you,

      Alan Speakman

    • Ventajou says:

      That would be a great comment if it weren’t for the fact that the Cuban operation had been prepared under Eisenhower.

      Castro would not have sided with the Soviets if the CIA and the U.S. administration hadn’t decided early on to replace him.

      JFK’s mistake was to listen to Allan Dulles and approve the operation.

  2. aglatw says:

    I happened to come across this site and thought that I would put in my two cents.
    While our background is totaly different, I too had a revelation about liberalism.
    At the age of 18 I was voting for in my first Presidental election, and the choice was simple. Jimmy Carter should be our next President. In my mind saying that America was the greatest nation in the world meant that life here would be wonderful and that everyones needs were to be taken care of.
    At age 19 I was hit between the eyes with the truth. I was young, my wife was still in high school and we had a young baby. I ruptured a disc in my back and was put out of work for 3 months. Still believing in the dream that the government could help, off I went to get welfare. You see I thought that welfare was set up to help people who had fallen on hard times. After all the paper work I went in for an interview. I was asked one question – Did I intend to return to work. When I answered that I did, I was told that if that was the case that I did not qualify.
    The truth was revealed. Liberalisn isn’t about helping people. It is about owning people.
    Since that day thirty years ago, I have been a hard core conservative.
    So what has gone wrong with liberalism?
    Nothing. It is the same childish dream that it always was, it’s just that alot of the children have grown up and now live in the real world. http://aglatw.wordpress.com/ The Gunslinger

  3. Rene Guerra says:

    Ventajou’s would be a great comment if Fidel Castro hadn’t been a dedicated Marxist-Leninist –a Soviet agent, for that matter– since long before his power grab in Cuba. He became a Marxist-Leninist when a university student in the mid-1940s in Havana.

    Castro even participated in “El Bogotazo” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Bogotazo), a failed but bloody putsch in 1948 by the international hardcore left, ordered by Stalin, to take over Colombia.

    The putsch called for first taking over Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, to then take over the rest of the country.

    The “Bogotazo” marks the genesis of the “La Violencia” (The Violence) which has lasted until today in the form of Marxist-Leninist guerrilla groups, for decades working in cahoots with cocaine-traffickers, still attempting to take over Colombia.

    That Castro was pushed into communism and into the arms of the Soviets by America’s foreign policy is one of the most parroted pieces of disinformation floated by the hardcore left in America and Europe for decades. It is a flat lie, simple.

    Ventajou is just parroting a flat lie.

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