The left loves power, not people. Repeat: The left loves power, not people. If that is not understood, the left is not understood.
The problem with this is that it only explains the leaders and wannabe leaders of the left. It says nothing about why there are so many advocates, foot-soldiers, and pawns for the left. And these are the people that give the left it’s strength.
Let’s see a more complete quote given at Betsy’s page (above):
One would imagine, therefore, that if anyone would welcome referendums it would be the left.
So, what gives?
The answers explain a great deal about the left.
First, the left cares about “the people” as much as the Soviet Communist Party cared about the workers. For the left, real people are either political fodder or, when they support the left, useful idiots.
The left loves power, not people.
Repeat: The left loves power, not people.
If that is not understood, the left is not understood.
The European Union is a perfect example. It is a left-wing exercise in controlling people — in this case, entire nations. That great source of societal damage — the faceless and nameless bureaucrat, in this instance located in Brussels, Belgium — seeks to control as much of every individual European’s life as possible. There is no limit to the number and extent of rules the EU passes.
No better. It still doesn’t explain why so many people, young people especially, are so devoted, some fanatically so, to left-wing projects. Like, for example, the EU, a left-wing oligarchy, a dictatorship of the few.
From what I can see most people are lefties because being so has been marketed (and marketed well) as the preeminent means to become a virtuous person. Everyone wants to be a virtuous person. Everyone. Unspoken but clearly evident is the fact that the left requires requires little if any effort from it’s believers. A simple vote now and then for its leaders, agreement with its policies, and neglect of the consequences of same are all that’s required.
What a deal. Be a good person with little or no cost. The secret of Obama’s election was this very meme: low-cost virtue.