There’s always hope. The unbelievable happens… all the time.
Things which, when you look at them from the outside, appear absolutely impossible.
I look to one story in particular to back that up. It’s the story of a 1960’s racist. He was a cold, cruel, violent, little man with a big name and a determined purpose. He was absolutely going to resist those like Martin Luther King, Jr. who preached about judging a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.
He was a completely retrograde reactionary who did the unthinkable. He questioned his life, his purpose and his thinking. As a result, he turned his life around and embraced liberation, freedom and his fellow man.
He grew up.
In so doing, Eldridge Cleaver proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is always hope.
While a young leftist, Cleaver was also a virulent racist. Cleaver had murdered and raped, defending his rape of black women as “practice,” while asserting that his rape of white women was an appropriate “insurrectionary tool.” When he abandoned the left, he renounced his support for murder and rape, as well as the rest of his racist, violent, hatred-filled youth and adulthood. He never stopped trying to grow, to be better than he had been.
All Eldridge Cleaver’s later life he paid personally, in great emotional turmoil, steadily striving to exorcise the demons from his time as a leftist, and to atone for his crimes.
Cleaver ended his days, too young, in 1998, at 62 years of age in California. At the end of his life, he was a Christian and a committed Conservative Republican, having publicly supported and voted for Ronald Reagan; the very President he had denounced only a few short years earlier.
The American political landscape is filled with leftists who grew up, abandoned their reactionary past and their superficial thinking, to become committed free-market capitalists, and frequently Christians. Jerry Rubin (of “Chicago Seven” notoriety), David Horowitz, one of the most influential right-wing thinkers and writers in the world today, come quickly to mind. And, of course, Eldridge Cleaver.
Much of the Conservative movement was founded by former leftists who had simply grown up, and abandoned their simplistic, dead-end, leftist thinking.
People tend not to go the other way, from right to left, for the simple reason that growing up usually brings more intelligent thought, and that inevitably leads away from the left.(1) This brings up the necessary cautionary disclaimer: Growing up is optional in America today. The Democrat Party and it’s electoral success demonstrate that clearly.
However, the complex, but ultimately positive, example of Eldridge Cleaver provides proof: There is always hope.
(1) – The few exceptions tend to prove the rule. David Brock “switched” from left to right, not out of conviction, but because he’s gay and figured that he’d find greater acceptance on the left. He’s since become a caricature of his former self, and a mindless stooge of the Hillary Clinton camp.