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The Professional Left vs. the Amateur Right

A class of radicals who live off charitable donations and devote their lives to spreading ideology has expanded its reach all the way to the White House.

by
Oleg Atbashian

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August 18, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Guess who is best positioned today to appropriate billions of tax dollars in stimulus slush funds, and to process them into organic, locally made hot air? Even without ACORN there remains a well-trained, hungry army of looters and moochers collectively known as the professional left. No doubt each and every one of them has already been counted and added to the list of “three million jobs saved or created” by this administration. Their job description? To spend as much of your money as possible to strike at America’s foundations, demonize your values, indoctrinate your children, and destroy your way of life.

President Obama is proactively doing just that on a national scale, converting the American economy into a gigantic ball of ideologically sound hot air, while making a nice living for himself and for all those who assist him in that activity. If that does not describe him as the ultimate mover and shaker of the professional left, I don’t know what else does.

The professional left brought him up. They taught Obama everything he knows about politics, economy, culture, history, and international relations. Admittedly, most of his friends and associates in later life were also members of the professional left. Even when they were teaching in academia like Bill Ayers, preaching in church like Jeremiah Wright, or writing poetry books like Frank Marshall Davis, they still did the work of the professional left, since professional boundaries in those areas have long ago been severely and deliberately blurred.

Slowly but surely, the professional left’s complex has diversified and expanded its frontiers to include professional educators, filmmakers, entertainers, lawyers, writers, clergy, journalists, politicians, government workers, and now also members of the president’s cabinet and even the president himself. And given the proverbial revolving door in their membership, they can all move freely from one field to another without ever stepping outside the common hot air bubble, staying in touch with the others trough a common, members-only mailing list. One of such mailing lists, recently discovered and analyzed by the Daily Caller, was used by specialists in various sectors of the professional left to share thoughts on the many ways they can spend your money, shove their ideology down your throat, and bamboozle you into voting Obama into the White House.

To paraphrase Obama’s own words, instead of complaining about the professional left, his administration should be thanking them.

Remember the Fight Club movie where an anti-corporate rebel develops a split personality disorder? He starts a fight club only to realize in the final scene that all this time, he had been fighting himself. The poor man ends up strapped to a chair in a building his other self had rigged with explosives. That didn’t go well.

Now let’s add some historical perspective.

The term “professional left” existed in the early 20th century Russian empire as “professional revolutionaries.” The term described a large group of gainfully employed leftist activists whose full-time job was street agitation and community organizing. They also set up subversive networks, created and distributed propaganda, and sabotaged the existing political and economic system by any other means possible. To be sure, the system they were destroying wasn’t perfect, but the one they created was much, much worse.

After the 1917 takeover, these people carried the title of “professional revolutionaries” on their sleeves, proudly listing it as an entry in their official work record — a document they introduced especially to control the population by keeping track of who did what in the years of “dark capitalist exploitation.”

But when their dysfunctional state-run economy turned out to be a disaster, accusations went flying in all directions, not dissimilar to the verbal shots exchanged today between the opportunistic White House and the dogmatic professional left.

As the tensions among the ruling elites escalated, some professional revolutionaries turned into the executioners of other professional revolutionaries who refused to toe the Party line. First the Bolshevik revolutionaries rounded up all the Menshevik revolutionaries who held but a slightly different view on running the country. Then they came for the Trotskyites, who used to be the most ardent revolutionaries of them all. Trotsky fled, but they got him later in Mexico with an ice axe.

But even as the “enemies” had been liquidated, the economy still remained in shambles. That’s when the victors began to round up and shoot their own. The blame game and paranoia penetrated all levels of the Party, the government, and the society at large, culminating in massive repressions and show trials, almost entirely eliminating the professional revolutionaries as a class by the late 1930s. Unsurprisingly, those who survived were the most cynical and corrupt.

If you think this could only happen in Russia, look at all the other “people’s dictatorships” created and governed by the professional left around the world.

The moral of this history lesson is this: if given power, the professional left becomes a danger to society and themselves. Closing down their shop will not just save the country and the economy — it will also save these “professionals” from their own kind.

What’s the amateur right to do opposite the professional left?

While the iron is hot, put pressure on your representatives to pull the plug on every bit of federal and state funding that goes, directly or indirectly, to the professional left — and make a big deal out of it. Wasteful spending is bad; wasteful spending that feeds the professional left doubles the damage.

In peace time, every man is entitled to his own opinions and must be left to his own devices. Not so during a crisis, which requires a different set of rules. The professional left likes “a good crisis” because it gives them wartime powers without a war. But every stick has two ends. Today’s crisis was brought upon us by the actions of the professional left and it can’t be resolved by the same people who caused it. If it’s a crisis they want, it’s a crisis they’ll get, if of a different nature. Forget the peacetime thinking.

The least the amateur right can do is turn the term “professional left” into an insult and give it the widest circulation. Learn to identify, expose, and isolate the professional left. Ostracize and ridicule them. Disrupt their networks and cut off their finances. Deny them the moral high ground from which they preach and obtain public support.

Don’t compromise, and never forget that their morals are crooked, their honor is stolen, their motives are corrupt, their methods are criminal, and their goal is a disaster.

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Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, is the author of Shakedown Socialism, of which David Horowitz said, "I hope everyone reads this book."  In 1994 he moved to the U.S. with the hope of living in a country ruled by reason and common sense, appreciative of its freedoms and prosperity. To his dismay, he discovered a nation deeply infected by the leftist disease of "progressivism" that was arresting true societal progress. Oleg is the creator of a satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as "a Stalinist version of The Onion."
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