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HORIST: Why does the radical left hate America?

HORIST: Why does the radical left hate America?

The headline is certainly going to raise some dander on the left.  I did not ask, “Does the radical left hate American values?” because that question is already answered by the words and actions every day in a thousand ways.

Even though it is obvious, I suppose it deserves some explanation.  In terms of America as a nation with noble values, which side wants to change the very core values of the nation as carefully crafted by our Founders?  Which side rejects the Founders’ universal belief in a very LIMITED federal government – with limited taxing and regulatory powers?

The Founders saw the potential danger of a national income tax to enable the federal government to expropriate too much of the people’s wealth – and to use the money to excessively empower a distant elitist government in the nation’s capital.  The specifically forbade the income tax as part of the Constitution.  That changed in the early 1900s, when the rise of radical progressivism within the then-ruling Democratic Party – under the leadership of such people as President Woodrow Wilson – passed a constitutional amendment to impose the income tax.

The Founders gave us the Tenth Amendment, which says that any power that is not SPECIFICALLY granted to the federal government remains with the several states and the people.  Activist (meaning liberal) Supreme Courts – the most autocratic of our three supposedly co-equal branches of government – have found numerous ways around that portion of our Bill of Rights.

For almost 200 years, free-market capitalism has been the economic foundation of America’s high standard of living – with socialism as the dark alternative.  That is because big government taxing and spending – ultimately socialism – requires an elite ruling class.  It requires a semi-permanent (and eventually, permanent) ruling establishment.  The more powerful the federal government, the weaker is the ability of we the people to influence their government.  Socialism is top-down governance.

A positive and proudful belief in a national culture, national ideals and civic nobility is, by definition, patriotism.  The radical left burns the flag, disrespects the National Anthem and rejects the concept of American exceptionalism.  They reject peaceful assembly and free speech in favor violent protests and censoring the voice of the people.

Protesting – including desecration of the flag and demonstrable disrespect for the National Anthem — IS protected by the full meaning of the First Amendment, but it is noteworthy that it is the left that takes advantage of that freedom to mount a broad-brush assault on the very Republic for which they stand.

The left is no fan of the Constitution.  They openly declare it to be a “living document” – subject to change by contemporary whims or political advantage.  The Constitution is to be capriciously reinterpreted by left-wing judges ruling according to the progressive politics of the day rather than the fundamental principles of personal freedom.  When the left cannot change the Constitution, or have it politically re-interpreted, they will simply defy it.

While the left pays lip service to the highly vaunted rule-of-law, they are quick to ignore law, whether in the streets or the offices of government.  Rioters, arsonists and looters are rarely arrested and prosecuted for the damage, mayhem and even their deaths they may cause – claiming such criminal actions are protected free speech and assembly.  Liberal mayors have actually ordered the police to “stand down” as private property is destroyed and personal safety imperiled.  It is the left that brazenly refuses to enforce our laws at the border.  They defy the law by creating “sanctuaries” for law violators.

While there is much to praise and be thankful about America, the left most often focus on the negative portions of the nation’s history and current events.  We have seen a left-wing President in Barack Obama make what became known as “an apology tour” – traveling around the world to demean America’s most noble achievements as excessive nationalism and dismissed American Exceptionalism is nothing more than a pride that all people have for their country.  He ignored the many generosities, sacrifices and actions that constitute American Exceptionalism.

Since the rise of the left in the 1960s, the left have not only failed to appreciate the work and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform but have actually maligned their service.  Liberal legislators are myopic and tenacious in their constant desire to reduce the nation’s military budget despite the fact that it has been our strong military that has kept our country safe and defeated the most heinous threats to humanity – the authoritarianism of abusively powerful central governments.

The Founders understood the importance of religion to a moral and civil society.  But, they also understood that any sort of theocracy undermines personal freedom.  In the First Amendment, they specifically called for the protection of individual religious beliefs against political atheism AND against the imposition of a mandated sectarian monolith.  It was never their intention to drive religion out of the commons, but to create a commons in which all religions can flourish.  The left proffers for political atheism in the public square.

The left has gained the most by controlling our school systems that pass our history and culture on to the next generation.  Today, one can be considered a “well educated” college graduate and know very little of the civics of America.  They are unfamiliar with the thoughtful writings of our Founders, and the great debates that shaped America.  They know very little of the meaning of a republic and the protective divisions of power between the state and national governments inherent in a federal system.  In the past “liberal education” meant an objective consideration of all views.  Today it means doctrinaire adherence to a left-wing authoritarian agenda.

We are not a perfect society because we are not perfect people.  But by all measure, America is the greatest nation in producing both domestic and international good than any nation in the history of the world.  We have been the bright aspirational beacon of democracy, the economic engine that has raised the standard of living for most of the world (and counting) and the strongest armed forces against those axes of evil that rise from time to time.

So … why do those on the political port side seem to hate America so much – especially when they, as much as any of us, have been uniquely benefited by all that is America?  I have no rational explanation.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. edmund j ross

    its a power grab by the democrats whom are anything but democrat fascist would be more to the point as they want to take away all our freedoms they already have made a good start , just try to do any thing with out getting permission from our oppressive government

  2. paul filing

    Liberalism is a mental disorder, plan and simple.

  3. Phil

    I believe that this has come about because it’s far easier to teach what to think, or more importantly what to do as opposed to thinking about it. The Far Left’s acquisition of our public, and increasingly, our private educational systems has led to this. This was brilliantly planned and executed – maybe by accident initially – by the radicals of our early adult years. Now, all that has to be taught are simple lessons of actions, not concepts, that lead to the twisted outcomes we’re now seeing.

  4. Terry

    It’s simple really: socialism is not compatible with the US Constitution so, in order to get socialism, they must hate the USA.

  5. Richard Cunningham

    Socialism is Communism and Nazi beliefs. There are no longer any true Democrats, they’re a bunch of Communists masquerading as Democrats. Their ultimate goal is to overthrow our government and create a Communist dictatorship and our country will be lost. Perhaps forever because the U.S. will simply become another third word nation where the people who actually belong here, whether or not they’re citizens will have no rights. Any person who supports the so called Democrats at this point is simply a damn fool.

    • Kenneth H. Frazier

      You are so right Richard. There are some eighty members of congress that are members of the Socialist party. They call themselves Democratic/ Socialist: However, there is nothing democratic about them and voters in this country are just a bunch uneducated people or brain dead idiots.

  6. Kenneth H. Frazier

    There are approximately eighty U.S members of congress registered as members of the socialist party. All ,except for one, Bernie Sanders, are in the house. They call themselves Democratic/Socialist; but there is nothing democratic about them. I agree with Richard and think that anyone failing for the lie that these people are more democratic than socialist are darn fools. Our President bleeds red, white and blue and anyone in their right mind can see this president is for the people and not for self. God forgive me but I believe we have too many people in America with pea sized brains that either don’t keep track of what’s going on or don’t give a darn.

  7. Kathleen Landrith

    Thank you for the post and the reply’s. I have for so long wanted to write/say the very words written here. Kenneth you are so correct about all the pea sized brains in this country. Everyone should have to read this post, maybe some of them would open there eyes and look around and see what they are doing to our country. Thanks again!!!!!

  8. Tommy

    Straw man fallacy is when you create a false image of the opponent and pretend it is true. You attack it pretending to be outraged. Both political parties are right wing and they pretend to be different. There is no left wing in American politics. There are no conservatives. They both spend like crazy and both take money from the same corporations. Wake up Americans, our freedom has been stolen. Is time to think for yourself and act on your best interest and not for the good of a corrupt political party or for the good of corporations who made you poor. Vote for you and your loved ones. That is the real America.

  9. MYoon Thursday Anthoney

    You’re. all a bunch of assholes.

  10. Chip Berlette

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  11. Bruce D Amalfitano

    The so called radical left does not hate America….they hate what the radical right is doing to her……what happened to separation of church and state?……the elimination of EPA rules so that big corporations can make a bigger profit……giant tax cuts to the 1%ers and screwing the middle class….home owners exemptions are gone to pay for 1%ers tax cut. Highest national dept ever thanks to tax cut. State sponsored racism and bigotry……US now occupies an all time low globally due to the ignorance of Trump abroad…..and on and on. Please stop this bullshit propaganda.

  12. Kenneth Snell

    Vote them all out and And Yerm limit on Congress And Senate. 2 terms only just like the President. Trump 2020. Retired military 3 yr Viet Nam. Remember Babie killers

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