Rush Limbaugh asked a question last week – and it got me to thinking?
“Who was the first leftist?”
Rush suggested we ought to find him and string him up, but it’s probably far too late for that – or it it?
So who was the first leftist?
We could look at the question strictly historically and come up with answers: When was the term “left” as a political position even invented?
If we start there, we begin in 1789, at the time of the French Revolution. Members of the National Assembly divided themselves, according to their political loyalties to the left and right of the president.
One deputy, the Baron de Gauville explained how it happened: “We began to recognize each other: those who were loyal to religion and the king took up positions to the right of the chair so as to avoid the shouts, oaths and indecencies that enjoyed free rein in the opposing camp.”
But that’s simple semantics.
Perhaps that was the first time the actual ideological labels were used, but the worldview behind them began long before.
It may have begun at the Tower of Babel, when Nimrod, aptly named, decided he was wiser than God and set out to bring the whole world together in one place in defiance of the wishes of the Almighty. Ultimately, isn’t that what the “leftist” philosophy is all about at its core? Wasn’t that what the spirit of the French Revolution and those who followed in its footsteps all about?
Yet, the more I think about it, the more I am persuaded the first lefty came well before the story of Genesis 10.
I think it goes back to an earlier event described in Isaiah 14. There was an angel named Lucifer. He was the most beautiful and glorious creation of God. But he was proud. And he wasn’t satisfied with his station in life.
So he declared in his heart, much like Nimrod and his followers, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
If there is one thing lefties have in common it is their belief that they don’t need God. They don’t believe in His rules. They have a common desire to overthrow His reign.
Indeed, I’m hardly the first person to suggest that Lucifer, or Satan, as he became known after being cast down to earth out of heaven, was the first lefty.
In fact, one of the best-known lefties of the 20th century, one whose ideas may be reaching the pinnacle of their effectiveness today, said as much way back in 1972.
That would be the infamous Saul Alinsky. In the 1972 Vintage Books paperback edition of “Rules for Radicals,” the inspiration of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and many others in power today, wrote the following: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
That is indeed what most lefties are after – at the end of the day. They want their own kingdom. They don’t want any part of God’s Kingdom. They seek to devise their own and rule over it. That’s the essence of what being a lefty is all about – whether they admit it or not.
Alinsky at least admitted it.
I don’t agree with Alinsky about much, but about this he is right.
Lucifer was the first radical, the first rebel, the first opponent of God’s order. And even a pedigreed lefty like Alinsky agreed they were kindred spirits.
What’s the definition of the term “sinister”? The dictionary tells us it means “threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble – something bad, evil, base or wicked.” An alternative definition, however in every dictionary you check defines it this way: “of or on the left side.”
It may be too late to string up Alinsky. It may be too late to string up the agitators of the French Revolution. It may be too late to string up Karl Marx or Josef Stalin or Adolf Hitler (another lefty, by the way) or V.I. Lenin or Mao.
But Satan has been defeated. His days are numbered. His fate is sealed.
So keep that in mind when you get depressed by the politics and cultural madness you see all around you.
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