From Left to Right: Short Story of Transformation
Back when I was 18 I began getting into politics. Though it was unfortunate I started off on the Left I did learn a lot about how the Left works and what it really wants as it’s utopia. And when I say I was on the Left I mean I was a communist. I joined the CPUSA in 2000 and then joined a Trotskyist group called the WIL (Workers International League). Do I regret it? Not really, because from it, like I said earlier, I learned a lot and gaining truth is not something to be ashamed about. However, staying on the Left would be shameful because it neglects reality and the nature of humanity. By the time I was 28 I began to realize this and gravitated towards the Right because the more I talked with a co-worker, who was a Conservative, the more I realized how grounded in reality Conservatism really is. It’s not the stuffy, Puritanical composition we were told about. It’s about conserving individual freedom to be what you want, to believe what you want without a bunch of busy bodies inserting themselves into your life. Now, I know we have Conservatives who do the same, but they are also told by their peers that they are being hypocritical. When Leftists don’t want their orthodoxy being challenged you are called a Right wing nut job, racist, homophobic or whatever other non-constructive criticism. Once again, there are Conservatives who do the same when challenged except they call you a Liberal if challenged. You’ll find those types everywhere you go. However, the peer review among Conservatives is a lot less alienating than among the Leftist circles. Conservatism is more inclusive than exclusive despite what the Liberal MSM states. As a pagan Conservative I’ve only had a few bumps in the road with fellow Conservatives but nothing that has damaged my experience. In fact, it has only served to strengthened my resolve within Conservatism to bridge the gap between Pagan Conservatives and Christian/Jewish Conservatives.
As I stated earlier, at 28 I went to the Right, which for me was the Center, while having political discussions with a Conservative co-worker of mine. By then the only thing I saw of Glenn Beck was a crying version of him touting his 9/12 Project. I thought, “What the hell is with this crying man and why do people give a damn about what he says?” I’ll didn’t look into him further and that I do regret because the wisdom I see today I wish I had witnessed at that pivotal point in my life. I became a fan of Glenn Beck after reading the Overton Window. I saw it on a shelf at Walgreens and thought, “Hell, why not? If I hate it, big deal, but what if I like it?” So I bought it, read through it within a week. I was astounded by it for the parallels between current events and what the book outlined. Afterwards, I actually started watching Glenn Beck and had my mind thoroughly blown after watching past episodes of his show where he made certain predictions that had already come to pass by the time I watch him. Amazed by this, I haven’t missed an episode since and went Right of Center and that’s where I remain. I probably be aptly called Libertarian because I’m all for gay marriage as long as religious businesses and institutions are allowed to exempt themselves from partaking in something they feel is morally wrong. No one should be forced by coercion of the state into performing or catering to something they feel is wrong. That isn’t freedom, that’s fascism.
Though my story is less than amazing and is rather mediocre in comparison to others who went from radical Left to Right, but it’s still a story where someone escaped the vulturous grip of Leftism and found a bright light on the Right side of the political spectrum plus a new found respect and love for my country. Love for country is something that didn’t exist when I was on the Left because it was nationalism and went against the internationalist ideal of communism. I’m thankful for the Gods for pulling me to the Right and away from utopian naivete. Ignorance is never blissful, it’s degrading of the human spirit. That’s just not me.