One would be hard-pressed to find a better example of leftist skullduggery and conservative naiveté than what has been done with the words “liberal” and “progressive.”
Among the quotes you’ll find elsewhere on this website — the right side if you’re using a PC — is this from Dennis Prager:
The usurpation of the word “liberal” by the left has been a catastrophe.
In spite of what you may read or hear elsewhere, there is only one sort of liberal, the classical variety. Liberals believe in freedom of speech, capitalism, nation-states, etc., traits not embraced by leftists. Quite the contrary.
I’ve had people tell me that liberalism used to mean one thing, but now it’s another. That is not true. What we have now are leftists wrapping the cloak of “liberalism,” the word, around their shoulders. Think wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Being” liberal” sounds sweet. Almost everyone wants to think of themselves as liberal because the opposite would be tight-minded, a nasty individual, and who wants to be seen that way? We all want to be liberal, right? And progressive! Who’s not for progress?
I am. You are.
So leftists have stolen and embraced these adjectives as their own, which makes perfect sense. What makes no sense whatsoever is that conservatives, nincompoops as we so often are, go along with the wordplay, the fraud, the theft.
In this six-minute video, Prager illustrates the stark differences between leftists and liberals. Do you call Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris liberals? If so, stop it right now. Sleepy Joe doesn’t know what he is. He reads his script, written by leftists. Not liberals.
JFK and FDR were liberals. Today, they’d be tarred and feathered by the Democrat Party.
This short video is dedicated to my cyber-amigo Antonio who, I believe, is the sole native Mexican who ever passes by The Unseen Moon, which I appreciate because I’m all about multiculturalism and diversity. Okay, that’s a laughable lie, but I do appreciate his comments.
And why am I dedicating this video to Antonio who is a man of the left? Because his reaction to a recent post — Columbia students join the Klan — was that he suspected the interviewer was cherry-picking, which is to say intentionally interviewing people who would prove the point he wanted to make. Cherry-picking is easy to do, of course, but I do not believe that other video was an example of it because I know that leftist ideology runs rampant at American universities. It would be difficult to find students willing to state the contrary of what that video demonstrated.
In this video, a young university graduate tells her story, how she entered her university as a wide-eyed idealist and left it four years later as a sensible conservative. I hope her experience is not rare. I hope other university students exit universities similarly wised up, even though they must keep quiet on campus to avoid ostracism or actual violence.
Is this another example of cherry-picking? I think not.
This video from PragerU offers good advice on at least beginning to get the American healthcare system in order. I offer it to you as a public service.
The Unseen Moon is all about caring.
PragerU videos, usually about five minutes long, are often blocked by leftist YouTube censors because, one supposes, they are a danger to Western Civilization even though Dennis Prager is a practicing, conservative Jew. One video that YouTube banned was on the Ten Commandments. Go figger. If you are a practicing Christian or Jew, and you vote for the Democrat Socialist Party, it’s time for serious introspection.
When I worked on the Houston Chronicle, I had health insurance supplied through the job. It was no big deal. When I made a doctor or dental visit, I supplied my info to the receptionist and, at times, paid a small deductible, and that was the end of it.
Simpler times from over two decades ago.
When I retired on December 19, 1999, the coverage continued for the four weeks I remained in the United States before it faded away. It was a grace period that gave me time to find other coverage, but I did not bother.
When I landed in Mexico, I had no health insurance, and I gave it little thought because I was busy with other things, a new life. I lived in the state capital for eight months before moving up the mountainside. I had been brainwashed in the United States into thinking living without medical coverage was nuts, so I enrolled in government healthcare, a system known by its initials IMSS. I paid for one year. It was dirt cheap by U.S. standards.
But you have to use IMSS facilities, and I noticed in that year that the mountaintop IMSS clinic was neither a place I would want to be hospitalized nor a facility I would visit for doctor appointments. There were lines.*
For the rare doctor visit during that first year, I utilized the private sector and was very pleased. When the IMSS coverage expired, I did not renew. I never used IMSS even once. Oddly, I used it just last month for a free flu shot because my regular source at Star Medica in the state capital did not have the vaccine this year, a first.
Blame the Kung Flu hysteria.
I have been without health insurance for the past 20 years if you don’t count our enrolling in a free government plan for about three years, something I did just to provide my wife with peace of mind. We never used it either, and our doofus Mexican president has ended it, promising to replace it with something better, but that hasn’t happened.
Shortly after taking office two years ago, he promised a great government healthcare system “like Canada’s.” Thank God, like so many of his promises, he never followed through. Doofuses are like that, you know.
If I have a medical problem, I make a next-day, or even the same day, appointment at one of a number of excellent options here on the mountaintop or at the nearby state capital. I pay out of pocket. Most excellent doctors, dentists and even specialists here charge the peso equivalent of about $35 for a consult that can include minor procedures.
You need an X-ray? Just walk into a laboratory, get it done on the spot, and pay about $12. The privately owned labs also do blood work and similar stuff.
The video demonstrates well the problem with healthcare coverage above the border. I am so glad I don’t live up there anymore for that and plenty of other reasons.
* Our mountaintop IMSS clinic was given a major upgrade three or four years ago, and it’s far better now.
THE LEFT IS remarkably talented at stealing and misusing nice words. The most egregious example of this is how they have convinced almost everyone to refer to them as “liberals,” something they decidedly are not.
This Prager U video does excellent work in showing the actual chasm between Western leftists and bona fide liberals. Leftists are not “progressive” either, but they have also convinced almost everyone that they are.
Many of the Prager U videos have been banned from YouTube, which is owned by Google, which is run by bogus liberals, i.e. leftists. Real liberals oppose censorship. Bogus liberals embrace it with a vengeance. Sad.