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HALLANDALE BEACH FL,  June 2, 2021 —  As a prelude to its signature event at Belmont Park, the racing office of the New York Racing Association has crafted a competitive card that features quality, quantity and bet-ability.

There are four graded events and the listed Tremont Stakes for juvenile males. Normally, we don’t pay too much attention to early season stakes for 2-year-olds but this six-horse field has three freshmen that looked very good on video.

Let’s effort to build a bankroll for Saturday’s eight Grade 1s bonanza


STRAIGHT WAGER: 3-Overbore (5-2) to win at 2-1 or greater

EXOTICA: Exacta Key-Box 3 with 4-Trust Our Journey (8-1) and 6-Little Drama (2-1). Trifecta Box 3-4-6.


STRAIGHT WAGER: 1-Firenze Fire (2-1) to win at 8-5 or greater

EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-7 Firenze Fire with Phat Man (6-1). Trifecta Box: 1-2- Flagstaff (5-2) and 7-Phat Man


STRAIGHT WAGER: 1-Lake Avenue (6-1) to win at 9-2 or greater

EXOTICA: Exacta and Trifecta Key-Box 1 with 3-5-7. 1 with 3-Alandra (12-1`), 5-Victim of Love (7-2) and 7-Pacific Gale (9-2).


STRAIGHT WAGER: 6-Civil Union (12-1) to win at 6-1 or greater.

EXOTICA: Exacta and Trifecta Box 5-6-7–5-Harvey’s Lil Goil (3-1) with 6 with 7-Mean Mary (9-2).


STRAIGHT WAGER: 4-Conviction Trade (10-1) to win at 6-1 or greater.

EXOTICA: Exacta Box 4-8. Conviction Trade with 8-Baron Samedi (8-5).

All suggested exotic wagers are at available minimums. Straight Wagers: $2


1-BOURBONIC: 15-1 – The Wood Memorial winner has a small amount of speed but really prefers to make the last run, as he did winning his Kentucky Derby prep. There may be enough of a contested pace to suit a late runner, but a deep closer? Not my kind of Belmont Stakes horse.

2-ESSENTIAL QUALITY: 2-1 – We’ve been over this ground before: Does the juvenile champion want a mile and a half? On paper, not necessarily; on style, possibly. He’s a classy galloper with speed and he keeps coming at you. Lost too much ground in the Derby and surged gamely at the end. A deserving favorite but I wouldn’t answer the win question at anything less than 5-2. Looms the pocket sitter.

3-ROMBAUER: 3-1 – Not sure he is getting the respect worthy of a classic winner. He’s won on three different surfaces, was Grade 1-placed at 2, a good, troubled third in the Blue Grass, was ready for the Derby but the owner chose the Preakness instead. Loses Prat but gets Johnny. Why can’t he move forward? He won’t need to come from the clouds. Why won’t the race set up for him?

4-HOT ROD CHARLIE: 7/2 – Loved his Louisiana Derby and really liked his Kentucky Derby, too. Skipping the Preakness wins Belmonts and five weeks looks like a perfect fit for this individual. Love the way he’s worked for this and must be impressed that Prat honored his call after winning the Preakness with the stretch-dominant Rombauer. Can win while racing on the pace throughout.

5-FRANCE GO de INA: 30-1 – Made an interesting mid-race move in Baltimore before backing out of there. Connections probably were targeting this all along. Still, if on outlander wins this one, our best guess is that it will be the other one.

6-KNOWN AGENDA: 6-1 – Our choice in the Florida and Kentucky Derbies. While his effort in Louisville was extremely disappointing it wasn’t as bad as it looked at first blush. I wish I knew what that means going into the Belmont, but I don’t. His style suggests he’ll be a mid-pack racer that will be put into the race on the far turn. From there, I have no idea what to expect.

7-ROCK YOUR WORLD: 9/2 – Totally eliminated at the start of the Derby so he  maintains his upside potential. But his most important score was with the racetrack on Santa Anita Derby day. Worked a bullet five-eighths before leaving SoCal and is the likeliest pace setter in this matchup as outside draw seems to dictate, early on anyway. Bet that his rivals won’t allow anything too soft up front.

8-OVERTOOK: 20-1 – The barn knows how to win Belmonts and this Curlin’s a million-dollar baby that could be ready to reach his full potential here. His third in the Peter Pan was a better than appeared one-paced grinding third at the end. It was as if he was just getting started after cranking up very wide at the turn. He is expected to move forward from that first start in three months.

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  1. Don’t like Bourbonic’s style at all for a long distance race at Belmont, not even a little. People remember Victory Gallop of course, but it’s few and far between that the dead closer route wins going 9f or more over Big Sandy.

    Having said that, considering his style, he couldn’t have asked for a better post. Just got a handful of lengths less to run than he would have otherwise had. Maybe it helps him catch a back piece of a tri/super.

    100% with you on Known Agenda – loved him in the Fla Derby, loved him in the Ky Derby, and have absolutely no idea what answer is going to be given on Saturday when Irad asks.

    On another note, the Belmont Gold Cup is an interesting race every year. Not sure what the field looks like this year, but in the first 3 years it was run it was ungraded – and each year won by American connections (Pletcher, Maker, Chad). It was then given G3 status and was won the next year by a Euro shipper. The last 2 years it has run, it was with G2 status (was a Covid casualty last year), and again was won by a Euro shipper both years. So not sure if we will see a Euro presence in this race with Covid overseas shipping complications and all, but if they are coming, might be a good idea to give them extra long looks.

  2. The entries have been drawn for Friday, why not take a look, Doc? I’m about to print right now…

  3. Looks like 1 Euro is in for the race; Baron Samedi.

    Wow, Maker has 3 horses in the race, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Joel Rosario, and Flavien Prat. I guess he’s serious about getting his 2nd Belmont Gold Cup.

  4. Haven’t looked yet but Maker on fire everywhere right now.

    Meanwhile, Doc, never get excited about 2YO stakes this early, but there are three in the Tremont who looked great on video, Ward, Cross and Asmussen, check it…

  5. A word about durability:

    How many lifetime starts will the top 3 finishers run before their retirement from racing ?

    Here’s the top 3 from the 1975 Belmont Stakes and their lifetime starts:

    Avatar (33), Foolish Pleasure (26), Master Derby (33).

    I will post more on this subject in the next few days.

  6. Always find your stats interesting, thanks Dan.

    It’s one thing to know things empirically, another when you look at the cold numbers,

  7. Since Dan brought up the 1975 Belmont Stakes I would like to share a “story” from back then: Having watched Foolish Pleasure win the KY Derby only to lose the Preakness to Master Derby I decided to “send it in” on FP in Belmont. Here’s the sad part: Under Jacinto Vasquez at odds of 4/5 Foolish Pleasure ran 2nd (to Avatar and Shoemaker) and paid $3.20 to place. Of course my win bet went up in smoke and I left beautiful Belmont Park with a lot less in my wallet than when I walked in. The moral of this “story” is maybe pass the race if the horse is odds on. There are better opportunities out there. To see the $3.20 place price behind the 14-1 Avatar and with Vasquez closing to within a neck at the wire was a painful exercise in wagering. I plunked down ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO WIN and like the player in the movie The Sting, Lucky Dan RAN SECOND. I SHOULD’VE PLACED ‘IM!!! That was the first and LAST win bet of that large an amount I ever made and we’re talking more than 45 years ago. End of story.

    1. My biggest straight bet was $350, it also lost, but I have no idea what the name of the horse was. I fell for a story; the fastest two-year-old that ever lived was making its debut; fifth or sixth race, can’t remember.

      I only had about $100 on me. I called home, told my wife the story, and said “OK, I’ll take care of it. I’ll go to the bank then go make the bet at OTB.” Before the race I got a call. “Well I did it, I bet $250 to win.”

      You what??!!

      It was Belmont and I went down to the clubhouse side of the horse path that leads from the walking ring to the track. As the first horse entered through the building, the rain which started five minutes earlier became ferocious, so much so that the race was delayed about 10 minutes as the horses and riders took shelter by staying under cover. As memory served, many of them acted out. Amazing that none were seriously hurt.

      The “good thing” was sitting at about 5-1 as post time neared. He drifted up at the end and was, I believe, 7-1 at post time. He broke poorly and during the running his legs went more up-and-down than straight ahead. He hated the mud and lost by a short pole.

      Also, to the best of my knowledge, he never raced again.

      I’m still betting, my wife, not so much.

      1. I went online to see what happened in The Preakness that year (1975) and Foolish Pleasure was closing fast but did not get to Master Derby, a longshot. Foolish Pleasure figured in The Belmont Stakes but evenly matched horses like these were should not be odds on. I took the bait and lost to Willie Shoemaker and Avatar on a wire to wire masterpiece. Foolish Pleasure was inducted into NRHOF and won the Eclipse Award as a two year old. He also won The Tremont Stakes which you referenced earlier. Leroy Jolley won another KY Derby a few years later with the filly, Genuine Risk. I have only myself to blame for making such a large wager in such a difficult spot. And then to see the 3/5 mutuel for the placing only added insult to injury. Lesson learned.

      2. JP,
        My willingness to bet more than I could earn in a week ended one late’60s evening in Pownal, Vermont.

        A friend and I had taken the Green Mountain special bus from Albany, NY, to bet an Aqueduct claimer named Rome Express, who kept getting caught at 6 f after setting blistering early fractions, and was now entered at 5 f.

        Our Benjamins seemed certain to multiply as RE broke sharply and took a commanding lead. Suddenly a local favorite named Minado started to close as inexorably as Damascus, and eventually passed the struggling shipper.

        We couldn’t believe our lying eyes as we staggered back to the bus. From that day forward I reverted to keeping President Grant’s picture tucked away in my billfold for such special occasions.

        My last $50 wager was a winning one in the 1974 Suburban on True Knight over the favored Forego following several preceding trips to the cashier’s window on my final pilgrimage to Aqueduct.

        Then it was off to sunny California, land of the $5 minimum exacta, where trips to the track took a back seat to career and family; at least until fractional wagers were introduced. LOL

        I don’t know who’s buried in Grant’s tomb, but that same bill is still in my wallet.

  8. Mr. Ed: I was at Green Mountain virtually every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the late sixties. If you had hung out at the bar, I’m sure we would have talked. The local trainers, especially the guy who shipped in from Oklahoma with a string (Harworth or some name similar) had some very fast, solid sprinters.

    Fifty bucks! How ya gonna make any serious money wagering just a Grant?
    Read above that Mr. Pricci is now making straight win bets, though the ridiculous exacta and trifecta bets are still is his repertoire.

    1. wmc,
      Good to hear from you!

      I’m just as happy these days using Jacksons and Jeffersons, but I’m estatic when a Lincoln returns a Grant or better for a dime super play. LOL

      While I must admit that Champagne definitely improves weddings and New Year’s Eve parties, I never found alcohol as an enhancement to enjoyment of time spent at the track, so it doesn’t surprise me that we never met during the relatively few times I was there during that period.

      The only name I can still recall from there was Thorndike who rode several winners I bet on prior to the Rome Express fiasco.

      If you insist on criticizing our host’s exotic plays, why don’t you track their cost and payoffs and justify your disenchantment if indeed it is possible to so.

      1. Hello Indy, Glad to “SEE” you back on the HRI comments track my friend. Missed you of late is all. Glad your vision is now much improved.

        George and Abe both give me adequate blood flow enjoyment. Frugal with my money, and lavish when employing others said Sam I. Am, thinking house chips then are meant to be played aggressively my friend. In the game of horseracing, even after 50 years, with all the questionable vets, trainers, and race day meds, the loss of endurance in the equines themselves, I consider myself a tourist is all. am a realist. Take Baffert out of the sport and I’ll be more inclined to adding trust is all.

        I save the Grants and above for the real game of games. Wall Street. The four horsemen I employ there most often are XLB, XLI, XLF, and ELE. If you wanted a fifth runner, you could also add XLRE. When the track comes up muddy on Wall St., I can always scratch out early in the day, and wait until conditions are better. With house chips I will often get aggressive on underlays and long shots offered daily. Commodities as well. Thinking of the transition today to electric vehicles for example, wager on some copper runners like FCX. Tourist in racing, but informed on investing and trading where it counts. Success there also leads to a nice cold Foster at day’s end.

        Speaking of grants, should I receive any government grant funds, I would prefer to give it to a local food bank. What goes around comes around, and my Maker always tosses me a few winners at Belmont to keep things in balance. Racing should be fun and kept in a balanced perspective.

        Can’t wait to see more of John’s take for Friday and Saturday’s cards. Riders Up. Good journeys to all.

        1. McD,
          Missed seeing your comments lately as well.

          Do I detect a note of waning enthusiasm for our pasttime?

          I was very disappointed in the Memorial Day fare at Santa Anita even before Baffert won the Hollywood Gold Cup. I didn’t even watch my 40c turn into $5.27. LOL

          However, Saturday’s 9-stakes Belmont card is something to look forward to; even with Brown entering 4 horseseach in both major turf events, Pletcher throwing three into the Belmont (with 2 Curlins), and Mott trying for a Trifecta in the turf sprint!

          1. More weathered than waned said Sam I. Am. And not to be confused with weather waned which would equate to the sloppiest of High Echelon off tracks.
            On a side note, find myself wondering about Pletcher’s Agenda horse of late. 🤔Wonder if John Boy might have him on a watch list. Toss the Derby and put him back in play for a few Indy heads up dimes, lol?

  9. I, it may be wives tale but many gamblers consider $50 bills unlucky.

    So keep it in your wallet, and if you ever ship to Parx, spend it at the bar to buy Wendell a couple of Fosters.

    You can use the change to bet a few Dime supers…

    1. JP,
      If I ever get to Tampa again, maybe you and I could raise a glass or two to wmc, McD, and the rest of the HRI faithful (and unfaithful) in celebration of the decade or so we’ve all spent debating and kibitzing enjoyably (and otherwise). LOL

      1. I’d consider making the four hour drive for a cocktail, but only if Tampa Bay Downs is involved in this arrangement.

    2. McD, to be honest, have no idea what to do with KA. I see him rebounding given recent works and some Derby trouble but was still disappointed in his Derby effort overall, and there are three or four serious horses he has to conquer here. Much will depend on the pace. Obviously, the faster is the better for him.

  10. Mr. Ed: I have followed Mr. Pricci’s exotic wagers, the only true horse player commenting at this site (Vincent) , and many others over the years; haven’t found one yet who was profitable over a few months or a year. Just can’t swallow the combination of takeout and the FACT that a bettor is betting against himself when making exotic bets – such bets are simply to expensive!

    BTW, Jefferson’s face is on the nickel and two-dollar will. Hope your using Jackson for win only bets.
    Anybody seen a geek lately who utilizes his computer program to make last second bets?

    1. wmc,
      Your right about Jefferson. What a terrible dishonor to Hamilton! LOL
      BTW I also still carry the two dollar bill my father gave me as a kid so I’d never run out of gas. Those two bills seem to have stood me in greater stead than any rabbit’s foot.

      As I perused the Belmont PPs for Saturday, I’m struck with how competitive all the stakes are; even those with 6-horse fields. How about both of us posting rolling Pick 3 plays for races 3-11 and see if together we can come up with a score?

      1. I purchased a sheet of uncut $2’s at the mint in D.C. twenty plus years back. I hope one day my grandsons might use them at Belmont Park.

        Just picture the tellers face on the exchange at the window. No bad luck involved with the sheet when still in mint condition.

        Two bucks was still two bucks back then. Two bucks even covered the most of an admission ticket in Elmont. No Mas Roberto said Duran.

  11. As you know, I do not get involved with stake races nor pick 3’s. If I get lured into a pick 3 it is because one plodder is odds-on. I stick with doubles and win bets. Appreciate your suggestion, but I am not familiar with the blue bloods entered.

    As you comment ‘I’m struck with how competitive all the stake races are’, I would tend to skip such races. Just to many other races around the country where it can be narrowed down to two or three possible winners, thus improving my chances of cashing. Anyway, good luck.

  12. TTT

    Thought it appropriate to memorialize my beliefs regarding in the change I have seen in the riding tactics of Irad Ortiz, Jr., as I am a man who gives credit where credit is due. In the past, the tactics he employed were rude, and bordering on nefarious. Had written that he was one of the greatest of all time, as far as talent is concerned, which I stand by. But something wonderful has happened, as it does to us all as we age and grow, he has realized that he can get the same or better results with his talent, by not using those methods. It is now a pleasure to watch him work. Believe that the internet, where truth can be found, probably helped to show him the way, as I was not alone in my assessment of his dirty tricks, as I have also pointed out against you stinkin’ leftists.

    Go Irad Go!


  13. An unsolicited observation from the bleacher seats where pencils don’t come with erasers, your basic fan type, non-country club player worker bee, I most always enjoy the give and take here on the HRI boards, back-check, fore-check, win ticket pay check, two to win and a fifty cent tri box type lover of racing. Where Wendell at times can be a tad mischievous, for the most part I enjoy reading his verse and have indeed learned a trick or two from his counsel. TTT however, on reflection before turning the page, more often can be downright nasty malicious. All the class of an unflushed toilet loaded crapper. I’m sure his latest spew of venom no doubt will give him great satisfaction knowing he once more has annoyed many of his perceived lefties who often are merely centrist in position. Could it be Teddy that many of your perceived left handed players could actually be voting centrist in the search what what is best for all of our country? Just curious stone thrower, what branch did you serve in again? Quite often the guy’s with the biggest dog in a fight, well they don’t even own a dog. In a battle of wits, totally unarmed compared to most participants who are receptive to listening to others opinion. Admire John for keeping the barn door open at HRI is all. He lets all of us rant our objections equally. Kudos to the Editor in Chief, Toni’s side sink clean the pots and pans turn to guy. He does the horses and the dishes at home on occasion as well I’m sure. That’s just how lefties are. Thanks for keeping the forum open where all of us have an equal right to object.


    1. No thanks to the pandemic, McD, I’ve learned how to cook some, too. Actually find it satisfying and cathartic after a non-stop morning and afternoon slaving over a hot set of past performances and news items…

    2. McD,
      I suspect that what really separates us left-leaners from the right-recliners is not the dish washed, but the diaper changed.

      Maybe that’s where the “stinkin'” comes from! LOL

      Before the Trump era, the back-and-forth here could be quite entertaining, and TTT’s contributions often proved the most laughter-provoking.

      I like to think that the “Tedster” and I once reached a level of on-line friendship based on mutual respect that is sometimes generated through interesting interactions. Reading his now familiar tirades just make me shake my head and wonder what happened to one of the most amazing minds I’ve encountered in cyberspace.

      Divorce can be devastating whether personal or political.

  14. Man, poor Irad. Timing couldn’t have been much worse with all the huge money races on tap the next few days. If I was Umberto Rispoli’s agent, I would have burned out my phone by yesterday afternoon hustling to get him on a couple of those if possible. Would love to see him ride the lawn at Belmont.

    1. Have no inside info but best guess is that Mile Smith winds up on Known Agenda.

      The important thing, however is that Irad was not more seriously injured. If he is going to need weeks toe recover, it stands that he had his bell rung quite seriously. Godspeed, rider.

  15. Absolutely – i was buried at work yesterday so missed it all until the replays last night; then that horse buckled, I turned away cause that was NOT the place to be on the track if you’re going down. Irad is very lucky he isn’t in really bad shape right now, which is funny to say about a guy who just got stitches put in his head and his arm in a sling.

    1. But you’re right, Doc, Irad was lucky. Never want to see a fallen rider with horses in behind!

  16. Thanks for the non-stop PP slaving John. I pretty much do the same each day with the PP’s in the market using Hedgeye’s stock market risk management oversight. Much like the DRF data, Work, work, work. Front nine from 7:30 to 11:00, the back nine from 2:30 to 4:00, Downtime in between leaves me plenty of time to check in on Wendel, The Iman, The Part Time Chef, and “Let’s go get some bad guys”.

    I really appreciate today’s action in Elmont with several 6-1 ML’s and the cinco fifty cent tri-boxes. All about having some fun at a reasonable price Wendel. Either way, win or lose, I’m still going to enjoy a good sandwich and a cold brew during today’s runnings. I cut back to NA beer over the last eighteen months however. With all the grenades flying in from the left and the right of late, I cover my positions and hold my ground at sober centrist discussion on what’s best for all of us. Riders Up and safe journey to all my competition this weekend. You try and pick a few Lincoln’s out of my pockets while I attempt to do the same with your pants or shorts. Tomorrow I am going to try to catch and “get some bad guys” in the big race. Turning the page back to my losing Derby wager. Money Mike getting the ride on Agenda? Tough break for Irad, but he’ll be back I’m sure. TG all he needs is some time on the sideline. Riders Up!

    1. Just taking a guess with Money Mike, McD. I know he’s in town and know he’s open in the Belmont. Have fun tomorrow, and a safe trip to all the horses and their riders!

  17. TTT

    For the record, I love small animals and children, just not leftists. Go figure. Also for the record, since you asked, Army, and highly decorated. And remember, “Leftists never die, they just smell that way.” Enjoy your Belmont Stakes Day.

  18. TTT

    Enjoy. This says it all.

    The Trouble with Leftists

    “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

    – Ayn Rand

    The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

    Ecclesiastes 10:2

    No doubt about it, leftists are trouble. Maybe that’s because they’re looking for trouble – and they always find it.

    Leftists make trouble where none previously existed – they lobby for trouble, picket for trouble, crusade for trouble, campaign for trouble. Wherever they go, trouble follows.

    Leftists may call themselves by various names. The more flagrant among them may designate themselves as socialists or even communists; others may call themselves liberals or progressives. Some leftists may masquerade as conservatives, but their actions tell another story.

    However they may describe themselves, there is one very simple reason why leftists are troublemakers: They do not respect – nor even recognize – the rights, liberties, privacy, personal boundaries or sovereignty of the Individual.

    And that is where the trouble always begins.

    Each and every Individual is born with unalienable rights. Why unalienable? Because these rights are bestowed by the Creator, God Almighty, NOT by men nor by the societies or governments of men. What God has given, no man, nor collective of men, has the right to take away.

    Trouble is, leftists just don’t get it. Leftists hold the false and asinine belief that “rights” are negotiable, that they are to be determined and doled out by the discretionary power of the collective.

    As deniers of Individual rights, leftists will intrude, invade, trespass, stalk and harass. They are everywhere, always in places where they are not wanted and where they have no right to be.

    If you post a NO TRESPASSING sign on your private property, the leftist will pull up the stake and use it as a battering ram to break down your door. If you put up a privacy fence, the leftist will vault over it with impunity. If you build a reinforced concrete wall, the leftist will go out and rent a bulldozer, then send you the bill.

    Leftists do not think for themselves (if they think at all); lacking intellectual and spiritual discernment, they look to others to form their opinions and make their decisions. But in the world of the leftists, it doesn’t stop there, for they feel threatened by anyone who strays from the herd, who engages in independent, critical thought, who decides for himself, who exercises his God-given rights, who seizes his Individual liberty, who refuses to defer to the collective.

    When a leftist has a problem, rather than solving it on his own, or perhaps seeking expert advice from a reliable source, he will use the scattershot approach, consulting every Tom, Dick and Harry who comes down the pike. He will make numerous phone calls, hammer out e-mails, go from house to house, taking surveys. Let’s vote on it!, the leftist will proclaim. For the leftist, the majority rules, no matter how idiotic the consensus may be.

    If you have a problem, don’t ever confide in a leftist. He will not keep your confidence, but will drag everybody and his brother into your private business, soliciting opinions without your knowledge or consent. Then, you will be subjected to a long-winded harangue, as the leftist spouts off the unwanted advice of this so-and-so, and that so-and-so…the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker.

    According to the leftist, YOUR business is everybody’s business.

    Leftists are nitpickers who will waste their time and energy (and yours, if you let them) in endless discussions of minutiae, rather than getting straight to the point. A leftist can’t see the forest for the trees.

    A leftist will take an insupportable position which violates the rights and personal boundaries of the Individual, but when confronted with his offenses, he will not acknowledge his wrongdoing, even when proved wrong. Like a caged mouse on a wheel, the leftist will just keep going round and round, just keep on defending the indefensible.

    Leftists are social animals who will eagerly join all sorts of groups, associations, societies, coalitions and committees. Since they don’t trust their own perceptions, and since discernment and discretion are absent from their thought processes, leftists everywhere can be found parroting and advocating the consensus of the majority.

    Leftists are the ultimate team players. According to the skewed philosophy of leftists, everyone must fall into line, march in lockstep and, come hell or high water, agree with the prevailing trends of the collective, on every issue.

    With leftists, there is no possibility of “agreeing to disagree”. Rather than leaving others in peace and privacy to live as they see fit, leftists will always attempt to force their views, opinions, ideology and policies on others.

    For leftists, compromise is the order of the day. Those who refuse to compromise their principles for the “common good” of the collective are deemed stubborn, difficult, recalcitrant, uncooperative –or, the favorite insult hurled by leftists, “selfish”.

    Those who refuse to conform, to comply with the rules and regulations of the collective, are viewed as a threat and treated as pariahs.

    “You always have to have things your way!”, or, “You always have to win!”, the leftist will exclaim. This, when the issue at hand involves ONLY the private business of an Individual, in which the leftist and his comrades have no right to interfere.

    Many leftists, in their delusional mindset, consider themselves do-gooders, altruists, humanitarians. They vociferously tout the virtues of ‘doing for others’, ‘social welfare’, compassion, tolerance and charity. But their ‘charity’ comes with a hefty price tag attached – they will always interfere in the affairs of others, smugly claiming they know what is best, for the “good of all.”

    When an Individual draws his line in the sand, the leftist feels compelled to cross it. Leftists, by their very nature, are compulsive aggressors. They are gate-crashers, snoops, meddlers. Leftists are micro-managers of other people’s business – with a vengeance!

    Leftists just won’t leave others alone – that’s because leftists are the worst sort of busybodies. Hovering over you, breathing down your neck, they’re continually handing out unsolicited advice, “checking in”, tracking your every move, invading your privacy.

    Leftists are ruled not by reason, principle, or spiritual integrity; rather, they are wishy-washy weathervanes, swayed by every wind of doctrine. And in fact, contrary to their boasts of “tolerance”, leftists are the least tolerant people imaginable, as they simply will not tolerate anyone who tells them, in no uncertain terms, to mind their own business and leave others to tend to theirs!

    Leftists are mobsters. Advocating mob rule, they operate in groups, packs and herds. Lacking respect for the rights of the Individual, rather than acting on moral absolutes, leftists will use deception, manipulation, social engineering to pursue their agenda.

    The agenda? Make no mistake: It’s all about control.

    Leftists are cowards, and like all cowards, they seek safety and security in numbers. Leftists want to grab your guns, to leave you defenseless, to force you into compliance with the edicts of the collective. After all, they whine, we know what is best for you, it’s for your own good.

    But at the end of the day, the do-gooder mask of tolerance, altruism and charity falls away, leaving only the sinister face of evil. Leftists will ultimately resort to the use of deadly force against anyone and everyone who stands up for the liberties, rights, privacy and personal boundaries of the Individual.

    Failing all else, they will send men with guns to neutralize dissenters. Leftism is a slippery slope which ALWAYS ends in communist tyranny, a fact well-proven by history.

    Such is the trouble with leftists.

    Barbara Hartwell Percival

    October 15, 2010

  19. Ms. Percival’s analysis is no less applicable to troublemakers on the right.

    In my opinion, an individual is, and should be, entitled to pursue life, liberty, and happiness to the fullest extent possible UNLESS achieving it comes at the unlawful, unethical , and/or inhumane expense of another. The pursuit of privacy, sadly, is unreasonable if not impossible due to internet infiltration and intrigue.

    Citizens on both the left and the right should be able to expect protection by the government from trouble arising from unrestrained excess in any endeavor.

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