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I’m tired of seeing unfair attacks on Tulsi Gabbard, Elon Musk, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Rogan, and every other liberal who has been red pilled the past few years. What is the point of posting memes, engaging in debates, or doing anything else to wake up the masses if when you successfully change someone’s mind, you attack them? People’s views and political allegiances can change over time. Have you always had the exact same political beliefs you do now? In fact, I’d go as far as say that the beliefs of any open minded intellectual should evolve somewhat over time. Ronald Reagan was a Democrat half his life. Yours truly was a liberal Democrat until the age of 30.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe the majority of politicians are unprincipled hacks who change their positions based on whatever direction they believe the political winds are blowing (e.g. Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, and Charlie Crist). However, some people just open their minds, observe the world, examine evidence & logic, then refine their beliefs over time. You have to look at what they have to gain by changing their allegiances. Do you think Elon Musk will sell more Teslas by publicly supporting right-wing positions? Do you think a Hollywood celebrity who takes a conservative side is going to gain more acting jobs? Do you think Aaron Rodgers earned fans and more MVP votes from liberal sports writers by standing up for free speech and body autonomy? Tulsi Gabbard was once a rising star in the Democrat party. She was loved by the media and the party Establishment. She had everything–young, good-looking, articulate female who also happens to be a veteran. If she would have toed the liberal line like most party hacks, she would have vaulted to the VP nomination at a minimum. Instead, she took a few principled positions that weren’t aligned with the DNC. So even though she remained a Bernie clone on most issues, she was ostracized from the party.
Again, don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating her or any of the other liberal converts for political office, nor do I lose sight of the fact they all still push certain liberal talking points. I’m simply saying that’s it’s counterproductive to call these people communist or globalist double agents. And yes, of course, you’ll be able to dig up pictures of them shaking hands with certain people or making some outrageous statements in their younger years, which is only exasperated by fake junk on the web that is shared to “prove” someone isn’t sincere. Imagine what well-financed campaigns could dig up on you if they were able to examine every shred of your past!
Try to understand how many conservative/libertarians become who they are. Most of us start out liberal when we’re young, naive, and freshly brainwashed from public school. Usually it takes some major red-pill dose of reality–a war, Covid, a despicable leader from your own party, raising your own children, whatever–something that shakes your core beliefs and shows you how corrupt & dishonest the government/media/Ruling Class cabal is. That opens your mind to showing you that you may be wrong in other areas. Maybe you once wanted government universal health care, but the corruption in government shows you it’s not such a great idea to put those people in charge of your health. Maybe you once pushed for government spending in a host of areas, but after suffering from the shock of taxes & inflation, you start to believe you were wrong in that area also. Maybe with your new open mind, you tune into a few Tucker Carlson broadcasts. Maybe you read a few books from some right-leaning intellectuals. Over time & experience, you’ve completely transformed.
I’ve witnessed such transformations more times than I can count, but it rarely happens easily or quickly. I personally was liberal until 9/11, when I first became really interested in news & current events. I read dozens of political books and became a news junkie. At first, I swayed far right Republican and made a classic mistake I’d estimate 90 percent of the population makes — I supported government overreach because the party I supported happened to be in power at the time. Eventually I woke to the dishonesty, civil rights abuses, and out-of-control government expansion of the Bush administration. Since then, I’ve evolved to a right-leaning libertarian (but not PURE libertarian). And no, I’m not a Russian agent or Klaus Schwab plant. If you went back far enough, you could probably dig up some left-leaning articles I wrote that I’m now ashamed of.
I maintain Libertarians will always be a marginal party because they simply cannot help themselves from attacking anyone who doesn’t have 100% Libertarian purity. What’s worse–it’s not even good enough to agree 100% right now, you also have to have a spotless lifelong history of intellectual purity. Since almost the whole American population votes Democrat and Republican, libertarians have reason to alienate themselves from just about everyone. I cringe every time, when I witness a prominent person saying or doing something great, someone chimes in, “Well, that person said so-and-so 5 years ago”…or “this person was dead wrong about blah and blah.” Oh well then, sorry I didn’t hate the person sufficiently. I will just pretend the good thing they just did or said never happened. 🙄 In the future, I’ll remember to only praise the perfect humans I come across. 👌
Regardless of your political beliefs, when you manage to pull people to your way of thinking, TAKE THE WIN! Welcome them with open arms. You may continue to disagree on certain issues, but who knows what can be accomplished once the divisive barriers are down and your former political opponent is open to new ideas!
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