WHY “BLOODTHIRSTY”, WHY “LIBERAL”?

Bloodthirsty is easy to explain—especially if you’re Thomas Jefferson:

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

That’s a sentiment any liberal can get behind—or so I had thought. Aunt Agatha and I (the eponymous Bloodthirsty Liberal), the two voices heard here, are recovering liberals.

I can’t speak for my paternal great-grandparents (who, as Russian-Jewish immigrants, probably didn’t vote at all, there or here), but from my grandparents on down, no one in my family has ever voted for anyone but a Democrat—with the exception of my father in 1968, who couldn’t bring himself to vote for Humphrey. He wrote in Eldridge Cleaver. Starting in 1976, I marched in formation, stumbling a bit like Gomer Pyle, until September 11, 2001. My first reaction, after sickening shock, was to thank God that my vote for Al Gore had been in vain. (That may not be fair to Gore, but I think he subsequently earned my low opinion of him.) I don’t think I crossed a line so much as I think my liberal cohorts crossed a line by stepping backwards. All I know is that from that from that date forward, I didn’t think the same way anymore. My country may be wrong at times, but it’s a hell of a lot righter than most others I could name (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe).

Aunt Agatha, to her credit, beat me to bloodthirsty-liberalism, neo-conservatism, whatever you call it by a year or two. As a Jew and a Zionist, she saw the way Israel was defiled by the Left, libeled in the media, slandered in academia—and said enough. The Left has subsequently re-earned her low opinion of it almost daily.

It was lonely out there at first, but there are enough us around in public and private to make for pleasant company. It was bloodthirsty liberals, after all, who helped Bush beat Kerry. Despite an unpopular war, a disputed election, and an opponent unencumbered by an impeached predecessor, Bush increased his vote total over 2000. Where do you think those votes came from? You’re right, and you’re welcome.

Read the blog to learn what we think on individual topics. God knows we’re not slaves to Bush, and this blog ain’t about him. He just happens to “get it” more than most.