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Confessions of a former right-winger

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The man in the photo above is a generic representation of the angry right-winger. It probably bears little actual resemblance to Edwin Lyngar, but it suffices for our purposes here.

Lyngar is a former right-winger who finally has come to recognize the error of his erstwhile ways — with one exception. The only thing he still likes about wingnut politics is that those folks know how to play dirty.

As we see HERE, Lyngar wishes liberals would play a little tougher, too:

One of the reasons I became a liberal is not only because they have better ideas but also because they are willing to reconsider them, sometimes ad infinitum. The debates and discussion and endless self-examination appeal to me, because of who I am. Liberals do a lot less yelling and a whole lot more making everyone feel welcome. Yet the same strength in debating, self-awareness and the Socratic Method are the enemies of a good story.

The retired guy in a modest home on a fixed income defends the rights of billionaires to exploit him, because he’s been sold a narrative. The story matters, and Republicans spin a hell of yarn about America and “freedom,” even though most of it is [B.S.] or a straight-out rewriting of history. They talk about Jefferson, Madison and Washington, men who would despise the science-hating, ignorant and reactive group the right has become. But it doesn’t matter what or who you really stand for, it’s just a matter of what you can sell. People with a billion dollars in the bank who benefit from low taxes and who exploit American labor could give two [blanks] about patriotism, but they sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as loud as possible while owning sprawling mansions in five countries.

 

 

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