Rodney Hide explains in the NBR about his belief that the left wing live inÂ ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’.
One of the reasons I am not a Lefty is their perpetual anger and utter miserableness. It renders them utterly unattractive.Â Theirs is not a club I wish to join.
If you doubt my characterisation take a look at the left-wing blogs The Standard or The Daily Blog.Â Or a school staffroom. Or Question Time,Â Morning ReportÂ or any newspaper.
Or compare John Key to Helen Clark.
Itâ€™s extraordinary, is it not?Â I donâ€™t know an exception. Thereâ€™s next to no difference in Ms Clarkâ€™s and Mr Keyâ€™s policies. In fact, thereâ€™s no difference. But thereâ€™s a world of difference in outlook and temperament because of their politics.
Itâ€™s been a lifelong puzzle to me. Why are Left Wingers so miserable and angry about, well, everything?
We saw one of the nastiest election campaigns ever, with grotesque sign vandalism, criminal acts of hacking and demonisation of anyone opposed to the leftwing parties.
They even had the temerity to suggest it was they who were pure and the right who are nasty.
Central to the Leftâ€™s ideology is the belief that politicians have the power to make the world a better place. Thatâ€™s how they think.
Now consider how that plays out in their heads.
That their lives arenâ€™t better must make them bitter and twisted.Â Their life is a constant proof that politicians arenâ€™t doing what they are meant to or what they promised. Their miserable lot, or that of the fellow down the road, or the world in general, is the fault of politicians who, accordingly, must be uncaring, idiotic or crooked and, perhaps, all three. If politicians were genuine, the world would be a better place.
It never occurs to me that a politician would or could fix a thing. I am just happy they leave me mostly alone. I wish they would do better at it but I know how to keep myself out of their way.