Are We a Flabby, Cowardly, Cynical, Leftist Lot?

By | October 2, 2021

[October 2, 2021]  A Gallup poll in October 1940 found American youth as “a flabby, pacifist, yellow, cynical, discouraged, and leftist lot.”  On the precipice of war, the United States was wholly unprepared militarily or socially.  We were, indeed, a cowardly, leftist lot.  Today, we are no different.

We honor and respect the Greatest Generation; those who served our nation and the world in the most deadly, destructive war ever imposed upon us.  Pre-WWII men and women were wretchedly pathetic.  At the time, a social scientist said that “to make a soldier out of the average free American citizen is not unlike domesticating a very wild species of animal.”1

Are Americans a flabby, cowardly, cynical, leftist lot?  Yes!  And they are proud of it.

And worse, Americans today are also more self-centered, distrustful, and consciously (purposefully?) ignorant than any recorded time in the past.  Despite the most incredible advancements in technology and higher education availability, we are dumber than ever before.  The ‘man-on-the-street’ knows less about other folks and our past than at any point in our history.

Americans, like our British counterparts, are also prone to Leftist ideologies based on Marxism.  We give this simple-minded approach to governance names like socialism, communism, anti-fascism, and progressivism.  The twentieth century tested this ideology in various forms, much to the chagrin of 100 million-plus people murdered, died of starvation and illnesses, or froze to death.  We tried that, it didn’t work out so well.2

We are separating guilt from responsibility.

Since the 1960s sexual revolution, the push to separate guilt from responsibility has been unstoppable.  We are no longer perceived as individuals but as part of a group, judged based on our sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnic group, and religion.

This approach separated guilt from responsibility.  An official of Lenin’s secret police, in a 1918 instruction to interrogators, wrote:

“We are not waging war against individuals. We are exterminating the bourgeoisie as a class. . . . Do not look for evidence that the accused acted in word or deed against Soviet power. The first question should be to what class does he belong. . . . It is this that should determine his fate.”3

Is this sustainable?  No.

The United States and the rest of the civilized world paid a hefty price for the same ideology that led them astray from the ideas of individual responsibility.  We are paying another price today as much of the Western world slides back into the past’s Leftist ideologies.  These ideologies have repeatedly proven unworkable despite the high cost of human lives they produced.

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  1. https://faroutliers.blogspot.com/2020/04/
  2. This 100 million figure does not include deaths from 20th-century wars.
  3. 100 Years of Communism—and 100 Million Dead – WSJ

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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15 thoughts on “Are We a Flabby, Cowardly, Cynical, Leftist Lot?

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  1. KenFBrown

    When we have it easy, it is simple to fall back on systems that do not work. It makes us feel good and its is just, well, too easy. Failure is on the horizon.

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    1. H. M. Longstreet

      True, and that is why we are starting to see the Biden Administration crater on popularity and approval. True, this has little to do with his obvious dementia but all to do with his leftist views.

      Reply
  2. Qassim

    Genius … “The United States and the rest of the civilized world paid a hefty price for the same ideology that led them astray from the ideas of individual responsibility. We are paying another price today as much of the Western world slides back into the past’s Leftist ideologies. These ideologies have repeatedly proven unworkable despite the high cost of human lives they produced.” I know from personal experience.

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  3. Dale Paul Fox

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    1. Tom Bushmaster

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  4. Lady Hawk

    “Are Americans a flabby, cowardly, cynical, leftist lot? Yes! And they are proud of it.”
    I have a friend of mine who is obese. She is a nice lady but struts around saying how “proud” she is of being fat and encourages children to be fat. She is all in on fat. Why? Being fat is obviously unhealthy but we are no longer allowed to shame someone or even discuss the obvious. The elephant in the room stays there and no one notices.

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    1. Gil Johnson

      Excellent analysis, Lady Hawk. You are right, of course, and we all can see that you are, except for the snowflakes and there are many more snowflakes than we think could ever exist. Why, one reason is that it is very easy and satisfying.

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      1. Dead Pool Guy

        When you believe, however incorrect, that you are morally superior to everyone else, that gives you the license to act in ways that are sometimes evil and bad. This lady is evil if she encourages children to be fat. Being fat runs against all of our learning on health care.

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      2. Willie Strumburger

        Message, fat = good, healthy = bad. Or, maybe that doesn’t even enter her mind.

        Reply
  5. Ronny Fisher

    Another topic that manages to keep coming back and hitting us between the eyes. Good article that addresses our obvious weaknesses (obvious to those who can “see”), well to those who are not ideologically blinded.

    Reply

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