Living Left Answers Your Questions

For the past 13 years the Lynn Richter Blog has leaned decidedly to the right. In an effort to stay en vogue with a culture demanding diversity, tolerance, and equality I am enlisting some leftward voices from Living Left, an eclectic activism group on a mission to, in their words, “bring the light of leftism to a dark world”.


This should be fun.

Dear Living Left,

I am committed to ridding society of the oppressive patriarchal structure we’ve been struggling under for too long. My problem is that I’m an honor student and captain of my high school football team with a scholarship to play in college. Between practices and pledging for fraternities I don’t have time to go to feminist demonstrations with my girlfriend, let alone keep up the social media accounts my girlfriend set up for me to be a male feminist influencer. My girlfriend and I feel very strongly about this cause. My girlfriend suggested I ask you to give me some ideas on how I can do my part even though I’m so busy.




Dear Newt,

I commend your commitment to ending patriarchy. Most young men your age aren’t aware they are struggling under patriarchal oppression until a girlfriend or female teacher points it out. I see why you’re an honor student.

When you get to college you’ll find it easy to apply your energies toward ending patriarchy since most of your classes will educate you on the evils of male dominance as will your professors. For now focus on simple actions that reap big rewards: Keep your girlfriend by your side and learn from her. She sounds very motivated and informed. Don’t open doors for her or any woman or behave toward a woman in any manner that might be construed as chivalrous. Chivalry is the hallmark of patriarchy. Also, check your male privilege to be sure that you’re not an honor student just because you’re a male. Grading can be very sexist.

Instead of putting your efforts into joining a fraternity you might consider joining MenEngage, a feminist-informed gender equality group, or NOMAS (National Organization for Men Against Sexism). Invite members of your football team to join with you. Having conscientious, feminist-minded young men is essential to ridding the inequality among the sexes.



Living Left Staff

Candi is a proud beta male feminist (BMF) living an equality-infused life with his co-equals at Living Left. He loves to answer your questions about living the leftward life. Candi’s favorite quote: “White men are terrorists.”





An “Alt-right” Argument Against the Fantasy of the Perfect Conservative Candidate

“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”                 William F. Buckley, Jr.

Buckley: "They are holding out for the ideal Conservative candidate." Reagan: "Really? Does one exist?"

Buckley: “They are holding out for the ideal Conservative candidate.” Reagan: “Really? Does one exist?”

Contrary to the staunch anti-Trump pundits still basking in the glow of retweets, likes, and follows gained from their unrelenting Trump hate, if conservative idealism had won out in the primaries, Cruz would have been the nominee…maybe… and I’d wager we’d be saying “President-elect Clinton” today.

Sorry dejected Never Trump peeps, we’ve devolved into a postmordial, mud-slinging, social media-addled species. True Conservatism didn’t stand a chance against the tweeting mad skills of The Don.

And, for the record, it makes me sick, too. But I’m a big girl.

Pullquote photo from Ben Shapiro/Twitter

Pullquote photo from Ben Shapiro/Twitter

Trump is a pragmatist. He ran his campaign as a pragmatist. And given that the Republicans now have control in D.C., I’d say a pragmatist is exactly what this country needed. Cruz, or any other quasi-Conservative of his stripe, could not have beaten Hillary in our current culture. Period.

For hard-core Conservatives still dry heaving over Trump’s victory and lamenting over how he’ll obliterate Conservatism, I would ask you to take a moment and define what you call Conservatism. If you consider yourself a Reagan fan, then I’m here to tell you that, based on his own writings and policies, Trump wouldn’t have been a huge problem for The Gipper. And I’m not sure he would have caused Buckley (the lauded Father of American Conservatism) to sit out this election.

Trump is far from ideal, that’s a given. But to continue being a divisive element in a party while holding out for a candidate who will usher in some kind of “Conservatopia” is (if we’re honest) just a massively delusional pendulum swing to the right. Think about it.

For Those Willing to Risk a Hillary Presidency: It’s the Ideology, Stupid.


Tim Tzouliadis’ book, The Forsaken-From the Great Depression to the Gulags: Hope and Betrayal in Stalin’s Russia, is the best argument, yet, for keeping Hillary as far from the White House as possible. For those still agonizing over whether or not to go the #NeverTrump route by sitting out this election, this book should be your next read…preferably before November. While not written as such, this book is a primer for understanding the ideology that drives the party behind Hillary.

It’s about Stalin’s purges in the 30’s and how the Communist sympathizer, FDR, his hand-picked cronies, and some in the American press corps in Moscow not only turned a blind eye, but were down-right complicit in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans trapped in the USSR during The Terror (not to mention the millions upon millions of non-Americans). If you’re wondering how 80-year-old history applies to Hillary, think Benghazi and how an innocent man went to jail based on her fabricated tale about a video. (Then smack yourself for even wondering about the applicability of history.) When the smack dizzy fades, think about how people within the Clinton-DNC circle tend to…well, die rather unexpectedly. Then think about how the Democrat-controlled media never fails to exonerate Hillary for every felony she commits (and every anti-American policy Obama foists upon this country). And then ponder how Hillary and members of her party get away with telling bold-faced lies to the American people without batting an eye. (BTW, when you finish this book, grab a coffee, find a hammock, and take a day to read Animal Farm.)

The further I get in this book, the more I see the unfolding of the Leftist Democrat party’s mission to finish its work of dismantling this country while aiding and abetting, crawling into bed with, apologizing to, funding, and overall glad-handing despotic regimes known to have a propensity for killing Americans as well as their own people. But, to their credit, today’s Democrats have brought things up a notch. Not only do they grab ankle and appease oppressive totalitarians in a style reminiscent of FDR with his man-crush on Stalin, today’s Democrats are becoming the lawless, oppressive totalitarians they’ve admired for so long.

Trump might be a giant clownish, bombastic question mark, I’ll concede to that, but Hillary has already proven herself to be an argent, godless screeching, cackling fan of all things anti-America, anti-freedom, anti-free market, anti-national security, and anti-life, to name a few. In a nutshell, she’s the dream of the Leftist Democrat party come to life. If FDR owned a blow up doll, it looked like Hillary.
Ironically, this picture was puled from the WSJ article, "Hillary Parties Like It's 1938". And FDR's ambassador to Moscow, in 1938, was known for his parties.

“We love us some Communism.”

If Trump bothers you more than Hillary does and, thus, you’re willing to risk handing this election over to her, I contend you know little, if anything at all, about Communism and its apparatchiks, of which Hillary is most assuredly one.
“I am still a little astonished, at times, that too many adult Americans do not understand the nature of the fight against Communism as clearly as I understood it at the age of twelve: they continue to believe that only Communist methods are evil, while Communist ideals are noble. All the victories of Communism since the year 1917 are due to that particular belief among men who are still free.” ~ Ayn Rand, 1958

Victimhood vs. Reality: The Stratagem of the Left

Where some see cake, others see triggers.

Whole Foods has a wide selection of gluten-free triggers.

Have you heard about the gay pastor in Austin, TX who falsely accused a bakery employee at Whole Foods of writing a homophobic (still not a word, in my book) message on a cake?

Yep, apparently bakeries are a trigger for LGBT activists.

I don’t know if Pastor Jordan Brown is a LGBT activist or even a Democrat, but if it looks like rat, smells like a rat, and behaves like a Democrat, well…

From the piece in National Review by Charles C.W. Cooke:

“At one level I must confess to feeling sorry for the man: What manner of paranoia does one have to succumb to in order to believe that one is likely to be targeted by a gay-activist cake-maker in an Austin Whole Foods? At another, though, I consider his conduct to be unforgivable, and I hope that he is shooed hastily out of all polite society. Leaving to one side that he accused an innocent man of an infraction he did not commit, Brown is evidently unable to see the world with sufficient clarity to operate responsibly within it. At some point in the past, he has decided that the United States is a brutal, unforgiving, and serially ugly sort of place, and having failed to find the evidence to confirm his conjectures, he has resolved to fashion them from whole cloth. There’s a word for behavior like that, but it isn’t “love,” “acceptance” or “outreach.” It’s not “civilized,” either.”

Whether you’re pro-gay, anti-gay, or really don’t care either way, the lesson learned here for all camps is that reality isn’t being accurately portrayed. And this is going to be even more evident between now and November as Democrat operatives glom on to fairy tale victimhood stories like Brown’s and use them to motivate their base.

As I wrote in my last piece, the strategy of the Democrats will be to whip up the anger and ire of every special interest group that aligns with them. Because Leftist ideas cannot stand up to debate or scrutiny they have to be advanced by fabricating false grievances in order to the agitate the base into action, which isn’t hard since the leadership knows their base doesn’t possess even a modicum by way of critical thinking skills.

All the special interests tied to the Democrat party have their own brand of fabricated victimhood: Feminists have their rape culture, war on women, and, of course their oppressive  “reproductive restrictions” to contend with. The African-American community’s Black Lives Matter has America’s profiling, thug police forces to do battle with. The LGBT folk have marriage bans, bathrooms, and bakery discrimination to fight against. And, entering the fray, “the wage-earners” are being convinced that they aren’t getting paid enough to flip burgers (a purely Marxist strategy, BTW).

These groups are going to get loud, proud, and in our faces.

For the record, not all women are feminists, not all African-Americans are on board with the BLM movement, and not all homosexuals are militant trans-types obsessing over bathroom privileges. Oh, and thankfully, pastors engaging in gay activism are still among the minority.

Adding to the frustration, the Republicans will find themselves wasting time and sweating bullets defending their position on these fabricated issues when some furrowed-brow pundit on a news show demands it.

And the Republican can’t truthfully say that the “problem” doesn’t exist to the extent the Left is saying or that it’s simply a false narrative without being branded as a sexist, homophobe, racist, bigot, or greedy one-percenter.

Its going to be maddening to watch.

Keep this in mind during the upcoming months of this election cycle, because these kind of shenanigans are going to ramp up considerably.

Hey #NeverTrump Crowd, Before You Start Batch-calling for Hillary…


I get it. I sincerely do. Trump was not my guy, either. And it will not be with my full faith and trust that I vote for him. But, seriously, it’s time to muster up some intellectual honesty, no small amount of intestinal fortitude, and take and look at the alternative.

People’s World (PW), the “direct descendant of The Daily Worker“, which was a newspaper published in NYC by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) from 1924 to the 1950s, has some bone-chilling things to say about the 2016 election. But first, I’ll let PW tell you a little about themselves:

Fear-Driven Benevolence Continues to Beget Immigrant Ungratefulness

From Seneca (4BC-AD65), a Roman philosopher, statesman, and favorite of the early church fathers. You just never stop learning from the Classics.

(Note to whom he is writing. It’s too good to miss.)


Among the numerous faults of those who pass their lives recklessly and without due reflection, my good friend Liberalis, I should say that there is hardly any one so hurtful to society as this, that we neither know how to bestow or how to receive a benefit.

Tattoos On the Heart: Being Jesus Among the Gangs in LA


I’m on a reading binge. My nest is empty and the hub flies the friendly skies. Believe me, I’ve got the time. But reading is time well-spent, so I make no apologies.

On the docket today is Father Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos On the Heart. Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides training, support, and hope to “formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women“.

C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium: A Book You Should Read


Because I love books and am of the belief that everyone should be knee-deep in at least two at any given time, I’m going to post the occasional book recommendation.

I read 17 books in 2015. That’s chump change to some, sure, but in addition to those 17 are Bible studies, backs of cereal boxes, and the People magazines at my hair gal’s place. All in all the 2015 reading feast was a veritable mix of theology, philosophy, and mind-numbing vapidity. I’m all for balance.

One of the best of these reads was Peter Kreeft’s C.S. Lewis for the Third Millenniumsix essays applying Lewis’ take on the fall of Western civilization to “our time and the future.”

I’m a sucker for this stuff.