Which Way is Left?

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of substance, stand like a rock.” In other words, know when to stick to your guns and when to be accommodating – when your principles are involved, stand firm and don’t bend to the pressures of society. Sometimes I wonder if the far left really knows what they stand for. What are the principles from which they will never sway? Notwithstanding their devotion to the utter destruction of American capitalism and the implementation of a socialist society in the United States, they seem to speak out of both sides of their mouths. In Jefferson’s terms, their principles seem to be lost somewhere in the current.

In his song, The Summer of ’68, Charlie Daniels sang, “Things are really gettin’ crazy; Save the whales and kill the babies,” referencing one of the most glaring hypocrisies of the left. Leftists fight to protect whales, seals, and all forms of wildlife from the devastation of human impacts, but they promote the murder of unborn human beings with their insistence on abortion as a right with no limitations. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) crusades against “the cruel killing of rodents… and other animals who are often considered pests,” yet the left not only tolerates, but actually promotes, abortion as a method of contraception. Are unborn humans not worth at least the same consideration as rodents and other pests?

There is currently talk about the possibility of a Covid vaccine passport being required for travel and other events, something the Biden administration is seriously considering. Leftists demand abortion is a right because a woman should have control of her body, and only she should be able to determine what is and what is not allowed to grow inside it. Yet requiring Covid-19 vaccine passports to travel, meaning the government would be forcing individuals to inject a vaccine into their bodies, is not only acceptable, but something the current leftist administration is considering as mandatory. What happened to “my body, my choice?”

Leftists claim to support women’s rights, demanded Title IX, and yet the Democrats in the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which if passed into law would negate the impact of Title IX in sports, where women will now have to compete with biological men for spots on teams, championships, and scholarships. It would also violate the privacy and threaten the safety of women by allowing biological males to use female restrooms and locker rooms. Does the left support women’s rights, or only to a certain point? How seriously do they take female safety? Where is the line at which women’s rights are going to be protected?

How about the decades of outrage for cutting down trees, mass deforestation, and habitat destruction? The left is now calling for the elimination of fossil fuels and dependence on “clean” energy sources including solar and wind. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) land use report, thousands of square miles of land would be needed to be devoted to solar panels to generate enough electricity to power the United States. The Nuclear Energy Institute estimates footprints of hundreds of thousands of square miles of land required for both solar and wind. Additionally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates half a million birds and bats are killed each year by wind turbines, with other estimates in the millions. Are we no longer worried about habitat destruction, wildlife impact, and the devastation a massive loss of greenery would cause the environment?

This is the leftist modus operandi… exploit the social movement of the time to control the political landscape and promote their ideological power. Leftists expect to have it both ways, so to speak. They want the American people to believe they are genuinely concerned with issues of importance to the American public, but their loyalty to such issues lasts only as long as the winds of political favor blow in their direction. They supported women’s rights until trans-rights became the equal rights issue of 2021, then abandoning Title IX and forsaking the sanctity of women’s restrooms and locker rooms for a political issue to be used against the right. They devoted their lives to saving trees and wildlife, until climate change became the issue that could increase their power; the survival of birds, bats, trees, and other biotic factors then took a back seat to clean energy.

With the far left, the only principle that matters is political expediency. Hypocrisy has become an art form while authenticity has become extinct. When one wishes to know which way is left, all he or she needs to do is figure out which way the winds of political favor are blowing… that is the leftist’s true north. After all, the left seems to swim with the current.

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