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Submitted by Ayasha (United States), Nov 21, 2007 at 20:23

Mr. Pipe's portrayal of American liberalism, in my opinion, is clear, concise and sadly, very true.

I am a registered Independent who for a years used to move between the parties with ease. As time passed, especially the time since 9/11, I no longer felt I could do that. I don't feel I have the choices I once had.

What we need is from our liberals is the truth as they see it. A truth that comes first, before the ideology. A little optimism before the negativity they seem to need in order to make their President and his policies look bad.

I would love to see the return of debate between the liberal and conservative bloggers without animosity and personal attacks.

I read many "far left progressive" (how's that for a lable?) sites because I can learn more from just reading what seems to agree with me and my views. When I'm reading to the left, I somehow sense when I should check something out if it is written as fact. Opinions, I'm content to let go. But something written as fact begs to be looked at more closely and, in taking a second look deeper, there is much to learn.

Over the last few years, the number of times I have been banned from certain far left blogs hasn't been huge, but it did happen enough times to leave me wide eyed and very surprised - for a while.. Being silenced by the liberals not for being rude, not for swearing, not for being sarcastically opinionated, but simply banned for giving a conservative opinion was a bit of a shock. I had always believed the left was the absolute bastion of free speech and tolerance and maybe it was - once.

A while ago, an elderly friend of a very far left blog admin. was invited to comment on the blog - since he never had done so before. He declined. He wrote that though he found those who did comment intelligent, well spoken and even talented, it bothered him when others who have commented seem to yell at one another - "I'll kill ya, if you don't agree with me!" He wrote that he would rather go fishing....

I suppose I could go on and on about the sad state of American liberalism, but I'm not smart enough to write it all out. I'll just settle for making one request. Could America's liberals just stop, look and then realize the harm they do to their country?

I will just move aside and make room for those on the left who might care to speak of the faults of those on the right. The anger and polarization of America will continue as the world watches - and waits to see if the most powerful country in the world will finally chew itself up...

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