What Leftists Hate Most
By Chris Weinkopf
FrontPageMagazine.com | July 18, 2002
POLITICS IS, by its
very nature, a reactionary enterprise. It's outrage — outrage about the
existing order of things or outrage about whatever threatens the existing
order of things — that provokes politically interested people to pay attention.
At the heart of every political struggle is a sacred cow, whether it's
the Second Amendment, the welfare state, marriage, or Roe v. Wade.
On opposing sides are those who want to lead the cow to slaughter and those
standing guard with shotguns at the barn door.
Because what outrages politicians,
activists, and political movements often sheds more light on their motivations
than any of their publicly stated positions, I've compiled the following
list of some of the modern American left's most reviled people, objects,
institutions, and ideas. The list is broad but not exhaustive, based on
a life spent around leftists (I have lived in three states: Massachusetts,
New York, and California) and the observations of some astute friends.
These are the things that
most infuriate "progressives," followed by a brief explanation of why.
The mere mention of these words will cause the typical left-winger to see
(even more) red:
Cars — especially
SUVs; the bigger and safer the vehicle, the worse. For leftists, cars are
a polluting, annoying expression of individual freedom — a painful reminder
that the longstanding efforts of social engineers to herd Americans into
mass transit remain unfulfilled.
Guns — and the irritating
insistence of "gun nuts" (anyone who owns a gun legally) to look after
their own safety rather than trust in the benevolence and capabilities
of the all-protecting state.
Suburbs, AKA "sprawl"
— and the selfish desire of so many Americans to own their own homes with
their own garages and their own backyards.
Straight white men
— especially the dead ones that once dominated classroom curricula, and
any institutions where they once flourished, such as military academies,
prep schools, and fraternal organizations.
Jokes about sexual orientation,
race, or gender — unless they're about straight, white men.
Jokes about most anything
else — except for the items on this list.
— Heather's mommies both deserve full health benefits now, but married
couples ought to be penalized with higher taxes until they either die or
Abstinence — and for
that matter, all traditional sexual mores and anyone so backward as to
demand them of their children, politicians, or clergy.
Tobacco — the one
form of instant gratification the left won't permit.
— that is, adherents of any faith that that makes claims on truth, especially
Catholicism, Orthodox Judaism, Mormonism, and Evangelical branches of Christianity
(but not Islam).
The rich — anyone
who has earned a lot of money no doubt did something wretched to obtain
it and deserves to have it forcefully taken away. (Rich leftists excluded.)
The middle-class —
and their contemptible bourgeois values.
The poor — so long
as they aspire to become middle-class or rich instead of remaining happily
Vouchers — a threat
to unions, social engineers, and the government monopoly on public education.
Home-schooling — a
threat to unions, social engineers, and the government monopoly on public
education — and a favorite among the religious zealots.
— or, for that matter, educational standards of any kind.
Real sports — the
kind with winners and losers, where things like, height, strength, intelligence,
or skill can determine outcomes.
Missile defense —
and most other efforts of the U.S. to protect itself from foreign attack.
— defined as any expression of American interest that contradicts the conventional
wisdom of the croissant-munching "international community."
Red meat — because
animal life is sacred.
McDonalds — for selling
fatty foods containing red meat and marketing them to minors, and for doing
what socialism never could: feeding billions and billions on the cheap.
"Big box" stores —
like Home Depot or Wal-Mart, for killing the small businesses that taxes
and regulations couldn't.
— for spending billions developing new, life-saving drugs, then charging
money for them.
— they must be ripping off their "stakeholders."
Failed business —
they must be ripping off their "stakeholders."
Nuclear energy — even
if it is all the rage in France.
All other kinds of energy
— except for those that are either untenable or prohibitively expensive.
Drilling for oil in ANWAR
— and drilling for oil anywhere else.
Clarence Thomas —
for acting, thinking, and speaking in a manner inappropriate for successful
— for acting, thinking, and speaking in a manner inappropriate for successful
Rush Limbaugh — for
thinking and speaking.
The Midwest — backward,
The South — backward,
The West — backward,
John Ashcroft — a
southerner and a devout Christian at that. For vilification purposes, he's
the Newt Gingrich of the new millennium.
Police officers —
Latent racists and unrepentant thugs, every one of the them, except for
those who happened to be on duty on Sept. 11.
Laws that are tough on
crime — and courts that are tough on criminals.
— the government causes AIDS, poverty causes crime, and discrimination
is the root of all inequality.
Anything that isn't safe
— and anything that might not be safe. For more clarification, contact
This list is surely just
the beginning. Submit your additions in the Go Postal forum.
Chris Weinkopf is an editorial
writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. To read his weekly
Daily News column, click here.
E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.