by Deana Chadwell4/19/19
As children we passed the time pretending to be grown ups. We were doctors or cowboys or ballerinas or truck drivers. We built forts and made up languages. We played school. We imagined our way through grand adventures – and then, little by little, we turned into adults. Even those who actually became doctors and cowboys faced the reality of those challenging professions. Or we didn’t, and took up voting Democrat, ranting around in marches, and running for office instead.

It’s hard not to notice how little growing up those on the left have actually accomplished. They live in La-la Land, in Leftlandia, saturated in fantasies filled with pots of gold at the ends of LGBT rainbows. They never touch down. Just look at the fairytale multiverse they swoop around in:

  1. Leftlandians actually believe that the world’s climate is something they can control, that man is so much greater than the God Who created the world that humans can use so much toilet paper, or so much gasoline that they can undo creation. They also believe that using fossil fuels to generate electricity with which to run our cars is somehow more environmentally sensible than just using the fossil fuels directly. When someone points out the damage – both human and environmental – done by building all those lithium batteries, the Leftlandians just cover their eyes and holler La-La-La-La.
  2. In their unicorn-inhabited world they can pass laws forbidding plastic straws and shampoo bottles and assume that this terrible sacrifice will clean the oceans of the trash dumped into it by billions of people in the 3rd world.
  3. They actually believe they can impose tax hikes on the wealthy and on corporations and said entities will just sit and take it. It doesn’t occur to the left that anyone smart enough to get rich in the first place will be smart enough to hide their money offshore, or move their business to a less onerous tax environment. Remember the little girl in your neighborhood who always wanted to boss everyone around and how mad she’d get when no one would obey her?  That’s the left.  “I’m the boss!”
  4. In fact, they continue to pretend that Marxism is a useful worldview.  Evidence, preserved in gruesome history (and the current starvation of the Venezuelan and North Korean people) notwithstanding, they insist on the efficacy of the destruction of capitalism. And they do this while eating food produced by businessmen-farmers, driving cars manufactured by corporations, and wearing clothes created by designer-entrepreneurs.  They fail to see the contradiction there. Bernie Sanders, the consummate socialist, just declared that, “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” evidently unaware of the about-face he had just committed.
  5. They believe they can tell doctors that they now work for the state and can only earn a state-approved salary. It never occurs to them that many of our doctors will just quit being doctors. Free health care is a delicious fable, but not if there is no health care to be found at any price.  It’s not a magic bean.
  6. They believe they can pretend to be a gender other than what they were born with and that if they can brow-beat the rest of us into playing their game, that it will be true. They even believe they can make up new genders no one’s ever heard of before. They might as well imagine themselves to be unicorns as far as reality is concerned, but they’re not concerned with reality. It’s all play-acting.
  7. They believe that they can fake their way into college, go there and spend 4 years sitting in classes like “Vegan Studies,” smoking dope, and drinking beer at frat parties, then walk into the real world and get rich. They think they can do this with college loan debt in six figures and no practical skills. And they think that their plan to soak the rich won’t apply to them.
  8. In Leftlandia folks are comfortable with declaring women’s rights with half their words and supporting Islam, with its wife-beating, woman-hating, girl-mutilating way of life, with the other.  They don’t find it weird that Linda Sarsour, outspoken proponent of Sharia law, should be leading a women’s rally.
  9. They do have trolls and goblins in their world, but they aren’t real. Leftists are afraid of Christians, but not of Muslims – who clearly state they want to kill us all. They are scared of Jews, and white people and men. They evidently see infants as dangerous as well since they seem so comfortable about killing them.
  10. They believe, all evidence to the contrary, that humans are all basically good – not including Christians, Jews, white people, and men. Therefore any failings they’re faced with are the fault of “society” or, in other words, the aforementioned groups – and the NRA. Can’t forget that. As a corollary to this they believe that war and crime can be erased by everyone “just getting along, “ which somehow doesn’t mean that they have to be kind to Christians, Jews, white people or men – especially men who belong to the NRA.
  11. They are staunch defenders of license (not liberty), but even more staunch believers in equality, for which they are willing to ditch freedom – especially freedom of speech. Speech is dangerous and can pop their balloons, so that’s got to go.
  12. Speaking of language, in their post-modern, deconstructionist, intersectional world, words aren’t important. They can mean whatever a leftist wants them to mean. A white nationalist used to be a neo-Nazi skinhead, but now it refers to conservatives in general. A racist used to a person who based his opinion of people on the color of their skin. Now it means anyone who would write an essay like this. Words are bludgeons and no good leftist has any reverence for the sacred contract of language. In their fairytale world no actual truth exists and no moral code either, so there is no needs for honesty.
  13. They believe that the color of their skin matters. They believe their country of origin is important and should be worn like a battle scar.
  14. Which brings up another whole facet of their narrative – they pretend that they aren’t really individuals, that they are nothing more than cogs in whatever gear they think they’ve been “oppressed” into. I suppose this saves the trouble of actually having to take responsibility for their own lives, but it also makes them slaves and they don’t seem to notice. They also think they can right the wrongs done to one group of long-dead people by taking from modern day people who had nothing to do with the original transgression.
  15. And they believe they can’t lose. The Trump win in 2016 cracked the magical snow-globe they live in and now the emptiness of the Mueller report has dealt it another terrible blow. Not to worry, though. The fantasy must go on. They are sure that if they yell, “Collusion!” loud enough, Trump will dissolve into a flurry of fairy dust and be gone.

The problem with all this is that it’s impossible to talk to people who live in such a place. They don’t speak the language of truth, of practicality, of reality. They’re still pretending, living in a world where the government is Rumpelstiltskin, endlessly spinning gold out of flax. How can we work to solve problems when all we have to work with are petulant children who are still waiting on their fairy godmother to bring them a dress for the ball?

Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com. She is also an adjunct professor at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. She teaches writing and public speaking.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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6 Responses to Leftlandia

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    A nice list of the internal contradictions inherent in Marxism and its relations.

    I suspect Leftlandia used to be called Bedlam. It appears many of its inhabitants adhere to thoughts and actions which were common among the previous population of that place.

    • David Ray says:

      Ann Coulter documents a huge host of liberal contradictions in her book “Demonic”. The tendency of liberals to host two opposing views simultaneously is staggering.

      (I’m not currently reading her articles for the moment. I already know they’ll simply be a repeat of how Trump isn’t doing enough about illegal immigration.)

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Well, not always. She had a recent article on the scandal theater, as I recall. But that certainly describes most of what she does. Maybe she received enough criticism for her one-note writing to switch topics occasionally. She’s been basically a one-issue voter for something approaching a decade.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    One minor correction. On many of these items (especially Marxism) they aren’t pretending at all, or not all of them anyway. Juveniles like She Guevara really believe it. There probably are even some who believe gender dysphoria actually gives you a different sex — hence women with penises and men with vaginas, and the problems The Vagina Monologues now encounters from those who complain that it assumes that all women have vaginas.

    What the heck, at some level Rachel Dolezal probably thinks she really is black. There’s no accounting for delusion.

  3. Lucia says:

    I suspect that much of the millennial’s refusal to take responsibility for their actions is due to a lack of discipline by the parents/parent. Training a child means bending their will, and sometimes that takes punishment. Many parents are so concerned with their children liking them that they lose track of the end goal, to raise responsible and productive citizens. Many parents are single and cannot win a battle of the wills with their strong willed children. Every time I see a commercial about parents being playmates with their children, I cringe. Who is going to assume the role of authority figure in the family if not the parent?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I suspect that much of the millennial’s refusal to take responsibility for their actions is due to a lack of discipline by the parents/parent. Training a child means bending their will, and sometimes that takes punishment. Many parents are so concerned with their children liking them that they lose track of the end goal, to raise responsible and productive citizens.

      There’s no “maybe” about it, Lucia. That is a large part of what is going on. Single-parenthood contributes as well. Children need both the soft nurturance of the mother and the bull-elephant guidance of a strong father. Even in families with two parents, fathers have lost a great deal of their authority. Many have been turned into wet noodles.

      But then we are speaking a foreign language in today’s culture which is oriented around the million-and-one things you can do for distraction, entertainment, or “personal expression.” The idea of prohibiting something, of restraint and denial, is not only a foreign notion, but thanks to the deep threads of Freudian wackoism that has long been built-in (a feeling unexpressed is considered unhealthy “repression”), it is considered harmful.

      Cringing is the appropriate response. Don’t know what else to do.

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