It is worse than a photo can convey. You might see an elderly woman outside a CVS pharmacy with plastic bags on her feet for shoes. You might see a young man walking down the street surrounded by upper-class town homes, screaming into the air and beating the wind with his fists. Then find your way to Third Street Promenade Shopping Centre and see homeless people covering the benches. They are covered in filth with layers of blankets while shoppers walk quickly by. These hapless persons are becoming invisible. It is heart breaking to see what has become of California.
Close to 60,000 people live on the streets or in cars or shelters in L.A. County, according to the latest count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The city has rolled out hundreds of mobile toilets and sinks, prioritizing locations near large encampments. One of these stations sits in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, across the street from a freeway underpass where the sidewalks are lined with tents. It includes two portable toilets and a small sink stocked with a soap dispenser and paper towels.
Left wing America is destroying itself. Democrat-run cities are rotting. The Democrat-run cities in particular. And all of them are going wrong in the same way, suffused with the same problems of violence, drugs and homelessness. The people responsible for this calamity are taking over the party.
In the nation’s capital, the homelessness problem is highly visible. The lawns outside Union station are covered with tents. There are homeless encampments throughout the city. Almost every green space in DC is covered with tents. America appears to be rotting from its core.
Consider San Francisco. There was a time when San Francisco was amongst the most beautiful cities in the world. It boasts its position on the bay and its good weather. Michael Shellenberger writes in his book San Fransicko, the city was run into the ground by a succession of bad policies. Left-wing policies, in particular, destroyed this nirvana.
Here is some thinking from Dennis Prager:
Almost everything we most treasure – freedom, beauty, reason, the family, economic well-being, and even goodness – is in jeopardy. Who or what poses this threat? The answer is the most powerful ideology of the last hundred years: leftism. Not liberalism; leftism – or, if you prefer, “progressivism.” Leftism destroys everything it touches. Here are a just a few examples:
1. The universities
Perhaps the most obvious example – one that many liberals acknowledge – is the left’s near destruction of most universities as places of learning. In the words of Harvard professor Steven Pinker – an atheist and a liberal – because of the left, “universities are becoming laughing stocks of intolerance.”
At almost every university – and now high schools and even elementary schools – students are taught to shut down – not debate – those who differ with them. And to rely on feelings rather than reason.
2. The arts
Throughout history, the primary purpose of art was to elevate people – through beauty, artistic excellence, and emotional depth. To the left, the primary purpose of art, sculpture, and music is to shock. That’s why so much contemporary art is meaningless, and involves the scatological, meaning urine and feces.
Yes, urine and feces. To give one of countless examples, in 2016, the Guggenheim Museum in New York featured a pure-gold working toilet, which visitors were invited to use. The name of the exhibit was “America” – so one could literally relieve oneself on America.
The English department at the University of Pennsylvania replaced the portrait of the greatest English-language writer who ever lived, William Shakespeare, with a picture of a black lesbian poet. Why? Because he was a white European male. Leftist professors have replaced the pursuit of excellence with the pursuit of diversity.
4. Late-night television
In America, late-night television shows were completely apolitical. The hosts believed their role was to entertain viewers and offer them relief and laughter after a difficult day. No longer. You cannot watch late-night television if you just want to be entertained. Late-night TV is now left-night TV.
The left has ruined much of mainstream Protestantism and Catholicism, and non-Orthodox Judaism, which are now little more than left-wing organizations with religious symbols. In many churches and synagogues, one is more likely to hear the clergy talk about political issues than about any other subject, including even the Bible.
6. Free Speech
If there was anything virtually every American considered a bedrock value, it was freedom of speech. Yet, the left is destroying even this unique American achievement. Almost half of America’s young people say they believe in free speech – but not for “hate speech.” Yet, the whole point of free speech is that it allows people to express any political or social position, including what any one of us considers “hate speech.” And “hate speech” now means “any position the left differs with.”
America has become the least racist multi-racial society in world history. On a daily basis, Americans of every race and ethnicity get along superbly. But the left constantly poisons young minds with angry diatribes about “systemic racism,” “micro aggressions,” and “white privilege.”
8. The Boy Scouts
The left is destroying the Boy Scouts. They’re not even the Boy Scouts anymore; they’re just the Scouts. The left forced them to admit girls.
Here’s the thing about the left: it only destroys. It doesn’t build. The Boy Scouts have helped shape tens of millions of boys into independent, strong, good men. So where is the left-wing version of the Boy Scouts? It doesn’t exist. There is none.
In some ways scariest of all, the left is committed to ending male and female as distinct categories. Children are increasingly raised not to think of themselves as a boy or a girl. Teachers are told not to refer to their students as “boys” or “girls,” just “students.” In New York City, parents do not have to check off male or female on their newborn’s birth certificate. They can check off “x.” All this imposed gender confusion can only end up producing confused people and a confused society.
So why does the left engage in so much destruction? Because it thinks America is essentially a bad country. But America is only bad compared to Utopia. And the left is utopian.
Some leftists: We accept all religions, but we look down on white Christians. You can speak your mind as long as it doesn’t offend me. We care for minorities but won’t live in their neighborhoods. We treat everyone the same but first we have to get on our hands and knees for anyone that is not white. We hate the thought of racism, but we love to talk about race.
I try to explain this to my family and friends, but they refuse to listen. They get mad and tell me I shouldn’t be sharing these views because they think I will get in trouble.
I earned my BSc from a top US University and I am trying to unlearn everything including high school and Junior high. What a waste of time. Keep the parents busy and separated from their children as we brainwash them. This is the true agenda. Not learning.
Some people put a pineapple in a museum as a joke and came back a few days later to see it in a glass case.
I was halfway through when I stopped laughing and realized he was being serious.
I didn’t want to believe the stuff this channel was saying a few years ago, but now I see it was right.
That is perhaps your most brilliant 5 minutes and 50 seconds of insight and wisdom that you have ever spoken . . . . which is not an easy achievement, given that just about everything you say is well thought-out and brilliant!
This is so true. I don’t even watch TV anymore because everything is so political and towards the left. I can’t stay on Instagram for too long because everything is so political. I don’t have Twitter because it’s too much for me and I rarely use Facebook because they’ll take down something I say since I’m a Christian. I really dislike how everything in America is about race and gender. I could read something on Instagram that should say “woman who award” but it’ll say: black young woman, who is a lesbian, also a feminist, pro abortion, pro Biden, pro global warming has won an award and beat out all the other white people becuase white people are born racist. (A little exaggerated, but that’s how they portray it.) They make it seem because I’m black, I should be handed everything in my life. Man, I wish that was easy.
If someone has the power to ban free speech in the name of hate speech, but also has the power to decide what is hate speech, they can just silence anyone that has a different opinion.
C’mon Prager. You could’ve provided many more examples, such as:
The Family Unit (fatherless homes),
The Media (Bias),
Race Relations (“Evil Whitey”),
Video Games (feminism),
Gender Relations (feminism again),
History (destruction of statues and art),
The Internet (Censorship and regulation),
Entire Countries (USSR, Venezuela, NK, immigration crisis and welfare states for modern Europe),
The Future of the 3rd world they apparently care about (brain drain of other nations to the west due to immigration crisis),
Speech and Language (Political Correctness),
Pride (“You should be ASHAMED of your country and it’s past!),
Patriotism (“If you like your country you’re just a racist”),
Democracy (Ignoring the Brexit vote and a witch-hunt against Trump),
Debate (“I’m gonna shut down your event instead of proving you wrong because I know I’ll lose”),
The Police (UK police arresting for tweets, NZ police arresting over a video),
Logic (“Anti-fascists” attacking political opponents and acting like fascists),
Rights (Right to self-defense, to bear arms, etc),
Entire lives before they even start (abortion).
Another example of toxic leftist ideologies is the promotion of ‘white privilege’. Imagine being a black child and being you are told you are poor and living an impoverished life because you’re black. You may not graduate high school because white people are holding you back. The child loses hope. The child does not put in the effort because they believe the country is against you. The lie of white privilege is the most toxic and divisive lie the left tells. Unfortunately, too many believe the lie.
“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects – his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.” ― Henry Hazlitt
liberals…..The democrat party is a party of hatred, violence, lies and destruction. How soon we forgot the turmoil in dozens of cities throughout the country, the violence, the destruction of shops and private property. No respect for law and order, police cars torched, officers attacked…and then they were told to stand down, “do nothing” as looting continued and downtown districts burned to the ground. Amazing that in such a little time how one party’s idiotic agenda has crippled a great nation and that a majority of its people are allowing it to happen without blinking an eye. Let’s begin with our highly questionable sitting president, comrade fidel obiden, aka “the Delaware Disaster”. I believe every word he spews out of his hypocritical mouth is so divisive that the country has never ever been so divided. His policies are so destructive to our country and our constitution that it’s obvious he’s against our founders principles of capitalism and free speech.
I contrast, the Japanese are civilised and have respect for themselves and respect for others. The ‘Left’ praise the worst elements of society, whilst giving them an anti-hero or martyr status. The young, then, see this as way of being to aspire to.