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    Manson Wasn't A Product Of The Left,

    On Tuesday, The New York Times, in its ongoing quest to find and publish the worst op-ed of all time, unleashed a screed so stupid that it actually measured up against the regular work of Charles Blow and Paul Krugman. Today’s hottest take came courtesy of Baynard Woods, reporter and editor at the Real News Network, whatever that is. The title: “Charles Manson Was Not a Product of the Counterculture.” The piece says that instead, Manson was a forerunner to today’s conservatives.

    Never mind the fact that the radical Left cheered Manson, including former Northwestern University professor and wife to Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn. Never mind that Manson hung out with cultural figures ranging from Dennis Wilson to Neil Young to Jerry Rubin.

    The piece begins by disowning Manson as a totem of the Left, though he clearly was:

    The Manson murders — the seven killings committed by Charles Manson’s followers in two days in Los Angeles in August 1969 — are often thought to mark the end of the 1960s, as if those brutal slayings were the inevitable outgrowth of the counterculture, the dark consequence of long hair, free love, casual drug use and a general breakdown of authority and social norms. This sentiment was most famously expressed by Joan Didion in her book “The White Album.” She wrote that “in a sense” it was true that “the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive traveled like brush fire through the community.”

    Didion was right, of course. But Woods thinks that because Manson was a racist and a sexist, he was a right-winger — presupposing his own conclusions. Ignoring the presence of Leftist racism and Leftist sexism, though the evidence was rife of such thinking during the rabid 1960s, Woods writes, “Mr. Manson was not the end point of the counterculture. If anything, he was a backlash against the civil rights movement and a harbinger of white supremacist race warriors like Dylann Roof, the lunatic fringe of the alt-right.”

    NYT Op-Ed: Manson Wasn't A Product Of The Left, He Was Just Precursor To The 'Far Right'
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

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    The left has always lionized great figures of left-wing ideology - until they turn into despots. Usually WAY after that point.

    Oddly, I am particularly amused by the recent deconstruction of Bill Clinton's sexual escapades in the light of the current wave of events -
    because some of them actually realize they haven't a leg to stand on if they defended BILL but stand in opposition to people who do it today - especially political opponents.

    But it NEVER surprises me to see in the press, on TV, on movies - whenever a group is ultra-violent or extreme, they're always described as far right-wing extremists; their language is littered with caricatures of what such people actually SAY even if their methods and ideology are totally at odds with what such people DO. You *never* see crazy loons on TV or movies described as extreme left-wing. I think it's because they presume that it's somehow SAINTLY and holy to be thus, and the extreme left-wing would be a bunch of Albert Schweitzers and Mother Theresas.
    “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.".Daniel Webster

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamSpade View Post
    The left has always lionized great figures of left-wing ideology - until they turn into despots. Usually WAY after that point.


    Someone on Reddit /r/Conservative screen capped a recent tweet about Killing Socialism

    - Tell the a White Man Invented it


    Ironically its the Truth .... but I for a couple of minuets
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

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    “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” - Geo Orwell

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    Charles Manson is finally right where he belong. Mouldering in his grave, and more than likely burning in hell.

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