I'm sure many of you out in cyberland have come across postings on facebook shared out from "Being Liberal". If you have, I'm sure you've also found how easily most of their information can be debunked. I'm likewise sure you most likely have heard of, if not personally experienced how easily they ban anyone who dares to disagree with them.
Until recently the face behind the page had remained unknown, going only by "W", but the New Haven Register posted an article found in full HERE interviewing the person behind the page.
Wojtek Wacowski, who lives in Fair Haven, is coming out from behind the screen. But, he insists, "Being Liberal" is not about him.
"It doesn't matter who I am, it doesn't matter what I think. I have accidentally created a soapbox. It gives me the unique opportunity to interact with people in Tulsa, Okla., or St. Louis, Mo.," or those in the Bible Belt, who feel isolated from others who see the world the way they do.
So far it sounds fair enough, after all the web is where people are able to find others sharing their interests and interact.
And he backs up his popularity with numbers from his page: "570,574 Likes, 1,001,546 Talking About This."
It's not the "likes" that matter, he says. Plenty of pages have more of those, and they can be inflated by advertising. It's the second number, which is the total of those who are somehow interacting with the page -- commenting, tagging it, sharing it or mentioning it in their own posts.
I find this a bit humorous. When you look at Being Conservative, they have 2.7 million likes with only about 500,000 "taking about this" What that says to me is that the liberals on this site are more prone to repeat what they see posted without really questioning what it is they are repeating where as "Being Conservative" has more people who agree with its ideas but instead think for themselves without simply repeating whatever is posted.
I will have more on the concept of thinking for themselves in a moment.
He says 87 percent of his followers are American. During the Arab Spring, however, he suddenly attracted Egyptians.
Again another interesting statistic. 13% of the likes are from people outside this country. That comes out to be 74,175.
I'm also curious as far as which side of the conflict those from Egypt who started linking the site came from considering the "Arab Spring" was a clash between anti government protesters (tea party types) and the government and the pro government groups.
Wacowski, 52, was born in Gdansk, Poland, and immigrated to the United States in early 2001.
Came to America from a socialist leaning European country and now seeks to make America into the same type of country he left. No surprise there.
When he asks what being liberal means to people, he gets many answers. He considers the best one to be a quote from President John F. Kennedy:
"Someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad."
Someone who looks ahead and not behind. It could also be said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
That said, I always found it interesting that liberals always attempt to equate not supporting government controlling of health, housing, schools, jobs etc as not caring about them as Wacowski does ever so subtlety here.
He encourages two-way conversation, which isn't easy in social media. Pointing to his laptop, he says, "We have the communication power to get the whole world working together," but instead people look at "smiling kittens."
This brings us back to the point of thinking for yourself.
In the article he points out he encourages two way conversation but "Being Liberal" (similar to Blue Hampshire) is notorious for banning anyone who dares disagree with their views. If you look back at the original article there are dozens of commenters pointing out they were banned from the page. One even points out he was banned for asking why the moderator uses FDR as the pages profile picture. Anyone points out they were banned for daring to ask where all the anti war liberals went.
Among the popular "Being Liberal" topics lately are health care policy, right-to-work laws and immigration. One of his personal issues is the high number of people in prison, with the U.S. incarcerating one-fourth of the world's prisoners.
Another popular topic is "gun safety regulations." He prefers the term to "gun control," which he said evokes a negative reaction.
Have they ever stopped to think that more government equals more people in prison?
The second paragraph here is also very telling and something I've discussed many times with friends. Liberals are very skilled at using vocabulary to attempt to win arguments. Think about it, who would be against "gun safety regulations". It says right on it's name that it's all about "safety" but he openly admits here that it's not, it's about control.
And what does being liberal think of our dear leader Obama?
"I think that he's extremely effective and a very good politician, but he is very much willing to compromise ... to be president of all Americans," so he doesn't push for liberal positions.
"My little bleeding liberal heart would like to see him as being more liberal," Wacowski says. He does credit Obama with holding "Fireside Hangouts" on Google Plus, emulating the "fireside chats" of the president Wacowski sees as our most liberal: Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"America got great in my opinion because of FDR," Wacowski says.
So Obama isn't liberal enough? And he compromises too much?
What exactly has he compromised on?
Remember folks Obama is so far left that he can't even get the majority of Democrats to support his budget.
And as for FDR, does Wacowski care about the internment camps where they rounded up Japanese Americans during World War II?
FDR in actuality was a lot like Obama. He appeased Stalin and helped foster situations that allowed World War II to happen. He appointed many communists/ anti Semites into higher offices which later refused asylum to Jews who were escaping the Nazis.
Over all the exposing of Wacowski isn't exactly a shocker for anyone. New England liberal who bans anyone who disagrees with them, who isn't originally from America and now wants to change everything about the country... oh yeah real shocker.