Monday, May 23, 2005

Why one man no longer stands with the American Left

A turning point came at a dinner party on the day Ronald Reagan famously
described the Soviet Union as the pre-eminent source of evil in the modern
world. The general tenor of the evening was that Reagan's use of the word "evil"
had moved the world closer to annihilation. There was a palpable sense that we
might not make it to dessert.

When I casually offered that the surviving relatives of the more than 20 million people murdered on orders of Joseph Stalin might not find "evil'" too strong a word, the room took on a collective bemused smile of the sort you might expect if someone had casually mentioned taking up child molestation for sport.

My progressive companions had a point. It was rude to bring a word like "gulag" to the dinner table.

This is a compelling piece people from all political views should read. The author, Keith Thompson is a Petaluma writer and the author of "Angels and Aliens" and "To Be a Man." His work is at should the above link become in active.

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