Burt Prelutsky

Many years ago, I read Eric Hoffers’s book, “The True Believer.” In the course of which, Mr. Hoffer suggested that although you might think that Communists and Fascists were polar opposites, their similarities were far greater than their differences. He was referring to the psychological makeup of their respective followers. At the time, being a very young man, I’m not sure I grasped how wise he was.

It was a truth that I discovered for myself between the years of 1987 and 1991, when I served two terms on the board of directors of the Writer’s Guild of America. All told, there were 19 of us -- three officers and 16 directors -- of whom at least five had been blacklisted back in the 1950s. These were writers who’d been Communists during the 30s and 40s. That meant that they had opposed America’s intervention in World War II during the two years of the Stalin-Hitler non-aggression pact -- years during which Germany had ridden roughshod over the rest of Europe. But once the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, these American Reds became downright bellicose.

The reason I bring up this bit of ancient history is because, psychologically, these ex-Communists hadn’t really changed in half a century. Only instead of taking their marching orders from Joseph Stalin, they were now taking them from the tyrannical executive director of the Guild. Unable to think for themselves, they required a strong man to follow. And, like little ducks, follow him they did. In four years, they never disagreed with any of his edicts; and inevitably they voted as a bloc.

In the years since then, I have found this to always be the case with leftists. Although they no longer identify themselves as Communists, preferring to be called liberals or progressives, they still subscribe to group think. They are always in lockstep.

I’m not certain who it is who determines the liberal agenda, but once the decision has been made, they ask no questions, content to simply parrot the party line. And those who are immune to Big Brother are attacked as racists, Fascists, xenophobes, homophobes and war mongers.

Liberals, for instance, will all sing the same tune when it comes to gun ownership, global warming, bi-lingual education, same sex marriages, open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, abortion on demand and dual-citizenship.

Liberals believe that “separation of church and state” actually appears somewhere in the Constitution. They can also be counted on to misquote the 10 Commandments to bolster their case against capital punishment. And they believe that war is not a last resort, but is, in fact, never justified.