You cannot reason someone out of a stance he was not reasoned into.
A Leftist is not someone who has an alternative political philosophy to yours, or different reasons. He is someone who, in the realm of politics, has decided to eschew philosophy and abandon reason.
Leftism is what you get when you stop reasoning, kill it dead, and substitute word fetishes instead.
This guy, while he leans left, still has some common sense:
We are a nation of cowards. We are a nation of cowards, of sniveling pathetic cowards enforcing our fears with jackboots and guns upon those who do not share our fears. And men and women of courage? If they are not shot down, they have their children taken away, they are sent to jail, they are forced into penury. Because there is nothing that a nation of cowards fears more than those with courage.
That is all.
And Kerodin points out one of the many symptoms of a dying nation:
This post isn't big-think. It is simply observations and conclusions over many years that support a broader narrative. America is devolving because the vast majority of people living among us no longer aspire to standards of a first world nation. Pride and self respect are rapidly losing their place in society among our Countrymen. Entropy is on display.
And it is only to be fixed when people are no longer given the necessities of life, and must go forth and earn in a competitive and unrestricted environment. Only then will the individual improve his game. Only then will he be rewarded for doing better work. It's called the Free Market. I know I am preaching to the choir - but I just had to preach for a bit.
The men and women who built this country into the dominant power on Earth in just a century or two were aggressive, hardcore survivalists who worked hard and smart to ensure they had the necessities of life. Men built railroads not because they were born with an undying desire to move products from A to B more efficiently. They built railroads to earn money, to ensured they would have the necessities of life until they died - with some left over for their loved ones.
Just some food for thought.