Friday, July 25, 2014

Why Am I Moving Left?

[VV note: This is a very important article, not just because of the credentials of its author but by what he says. Ricks writes that he is "moving steadily leftward," yet he is only reflecting the same ideals he probably always had. It's just that the parties have changed. His ideas reflect a true conservatism, not the false conservatism espoused by the Tea and Republican parties today.]

I used to be right down the middle. But America’s changed, and so have I.

By THOMAS E. RICKS, Politico.com
July 23, 2014

Thomas E. Ricks is author of five books about the U.S. military, including Fiasco and The Generals.

In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward.

This is unexpected. It comes even as I am financially comfortable and enjoying my work. (I’m writing this from my summer home in Maine.) I’m not a natural progressive—I spent the last quarter century covering the U.S. military, first for the Wall Street Journal and then for the Washington Post, and now for Foreign Policy magazine. I have written five books about the Marines, the Army and our wars.

I am puzzled by this late-middle-age politicization. During the time I was a newspaper reporter, I didn’t participate in elections, because I didn’t want to vote for, or against, the people I covered. Mentally, I was a detached centrist. Today I remain oriented to the free market and in favor of a strong national defense, so I have hardly become a radical socialist.

But since leaving newspapers, I have again and again found myself shifting to the left in major areas such as foreign policy and domestic economic policy. I wonder whether others of my generation are similarly pausing, poking up their heads from their workplaces and wondering just what happened to this country over the last 15 years, and what do to about it.

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

Which party has changed? "Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. The federal government must and shall quit this business of relief." Franklin Roosevelt 1935 State of the Union

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